Figure Study, McDonnell, Jean: I

As mentioned in an earlier post, James Jean has been attending figure drawing workshops regularly and posting some of the studies on his blog, Process Recess. I have joined in two out of the last three weeks and had a great time getting back into drawing the models. The first week was rough, but this past week I came away with a few drawings that I liked. Posted here are three poses with my black and white drawing on the left, and James’ color painting on the right.

Chris McD and James Jean figure study
(Shorter pose, not actually the same pose, but similar.)

Coming directly from work, I have just been drawing in my regular sized sketchbook that I always have with me with pens, pencils and Sumi Ink. Not like the old school days when it was a full sized pad of newsprint and China markers. While it has been fun, I think it is time to bump it back up to the full sized pad. The last two weeks James has broken out his acrylics and large pad to experiment with the media, and produced some really cool results.

So as I was looking over James’ paintings I realized it would be really interesting for me to compare our work on the same poses, to see how our approaches differed and see what we each concentrated on the most. This week was especially fun for me to put them side by side because he was working with colors and shapes and I was using a mostly linear approach. I’m looking forward to more next week.

Chris McD and James Jean figure study
(20 minute pose.)

Chris McD and James Jean figure study
(20 minute pose.)

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