I have a headache. I was prepping my canvases for the past few days so I can work on multiple paintings at once.
Saved me a bunch of trouble. I couldn’t do it earlier because I was worried about removing the blue and red paint, but at this point (cleaning with isopropyl, cleaning with Goo Gone, trying to bleach and soak the bones twice to remove the residue etc) I was over my aversion to using acetone.
Also I’m trying to make a stand for it with a curtain rod I have from home and part of an inexpensive rolling chair.
I’m studying some old masters. Also attempting to learn more about oil painting.
Due to Covid-19 I haven’t received more clay to complete my ecorche yet.
I will use polymer clay next time. This clay that I’m using keeps breaking because it’s a stiff and crumbling type clay (breaks on the spinal process and ribs). But I am finally finished with the scapula, just need to mold the skeletal hand before baking.
I’ve made more notes. I’ve decided to write with a blue pencil since I keep getting graphite on my hand. I’m almost out of General’s Colortex np blue pencil. Haven’t gone through Prismacolor’s np pencil yet.
Practicing clothes. These are warm ups for the assignment.
..Except for the past two days because I was reading Dostoevsky and Kierkegaard, and I had a job interview last Thursday. I’ve been too lackluster in updating this improvement blog because my drawings have been practices of poses. I’m up to 500 gestures but I still feel like an amateur when it comes to certain body positions, ex if the pose is angled below the waist. I should concentrate more on the torso, and every now and then draw the stretching muscles on the shoulders. I will leave the hands and feet as separate studies instead of spending my 45-30 sec. on detailing them in poses (unless I have extra time).
Also practicing on head likeliness. I’m sketching them according to the advice I was given in Hampton’s head video (proportions and placement).
This is all the update for today. I’ve been reading Brothers Karamazov (Pevear translation, so good) so I was preoccupied with something other than my fundementals. I also had time to watch Week 4 of Hampton. It’s delving into torso muscles.
So it turns out the insertion points for the sternocleidomastoid is the sternum and top of the clavicle. Either I misheard Hampton or I’m being ridiculous. Actually the name seems really obvious now.
This is not easy and requires more that one Hampton video. Guhh
I threw proportions out of the window and started looking for other head construction methods. Ex. Reilly, Asaro head, Brigman, Vilppu