Purple flowers, and 3 portrait studies.
Iris flowers are amazingly beautiful and delicate. 2 of these flowers were opening up as I was painting them.
In animation, there are 2 techniques: “pose to pose”, and “straight ahead”. In “pose to pose”, you do your key poses first and then fill in the in-between frames, while “straight ahead” you just dig right in and animate from frame 1 onward. In this painting study I tried the painting equivalent of “straight ahead”. I did not block in much, started around the eyes and just dug in. Its a technique that Richard Schmid uses, but it requires excellent drawing skills. This painting was a struggle for me.
I actually prefer the feel of newsprint paper with Charcoal. This drawing was a 2.5 hour pose. I removed all the drawings from my website but I still do them regularly.
I did this one last year. I thought it deserved a posting.