More On Motion: Painting

Well….last week was a bad week for blogging, but this week I have several new and exciting things to show you! In my composition class we’ve continued to work on the figure in motion, but now in paint rather than charcoal. For whatever reason, painting motion is way harder than drawing motion, but way more fun.

The painting below was my first try with painting motion. The model moved only her head for the three poses, so that’s what I focused on. I tend to put all my figures right in the center, which makes for a bad composition, so adding some darks and lights in the background, as well as a ghost figure on the right side, helped the composition come together.

My teacher always tells us in these motion drawings to not get married to the first drawing since you’ll just be drawing/painting over it on the next pose. Well, I made the mistake and married the first drawing. I just couldn’t bring myself to paint over it. So I turned my brush around and with the second pose, I scratched into the paint and created a rough outline of the model. I think the contrast between primitive line drawing and rendered figure is really interesting.

  • Wow, that scratching in was a really unique and fun idea. I think your style is awesome.