These are my daily exercises. Recently, I let my daily exercise go as long as it take to get a decent picture instead of the usual 60-90 minutes slots. I think I’m getting better but progress has been extremely slow. I got better at building forms and determine correct value, but color decision still is a big challenge. Every now and then, I switch palette to new color combination but have not yet found a satisfying one. May be I should NOT continue searching for this perfect color palette and just simply describe real life.
The male nude was done with a limited palette of Payne’s Grey, Titanium White, Alizarin permanent, and Yellow Ochre (a modified Zorn’s palette). I found that with Alizarin, I can (sometime) mix a beautiful purplish hue.
The recline female figure is a very traditional academic pose that you can find in numerous paintings. I took up the challenge to describe a foreshortened body structure.
I believe reference photos are from either Croquis Cafe or New Masters Academy’s website.
Thank you for reading
Khanh N. Huynh, MD