Painting People

Sometimes you just feel inspired and today a challenge on redbubble (a photo/art sharing site) took my fancy. The brief was to paint “People”. I keep a folder of images and photos of people in various situations, some that I’ve taken myself and some cuttings from papers and magazines to provide reference material and inspiration.

I found a photo that I’d taken at Patchings Art Fair a year or two ago. I liked the way the scene was slightly backlit and set off doing a quick contour style sketch. I concentrated on the outline shapes of the people trying to forget that they were people and seeing them as shapes one in relation to another. Just drawing a continuous outline not taking my pencil off the paper makes me freer in my drawing and this tends to capture the movement/gestures in the figures.
When painting the scene I tried to concentrate on the tones and the shapes they made. I only laid paint where there was a mid or dark tone, which meant that the highlighted side of the people shapes remained without paint on them. I painted the background darker than it actually was to bring out the figure shapes.
Anyway, it took a couple of hours and it was fun for a change!

2 thoughts on “Painting People”

  1. Hi Ann, saw this one on RB and loved it, followed the trail to your blog. I've enjoyed looking through your art, what beautiful paintings! Your step-by-step demos are especially informative – thanks for sharing them!


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