More street scenes and some figure sketches
The street scenes continue. Joseph Zbukvik suggests that conveying the flavor of a scene is more important than the specific location. I’ve never visited these places, but they appeal to my artistic senses, so I’m working from photos provided by others. I am not a regional artist. What interests me most is trying to establish the feel of a scene while drawing and painting without regard for where it is in the world. If it looks familiar, that’s wonderful, but I do take considerable artistic license when deciding what to include and what to leave out. As with my landscape paintings, my wish is for the viewer to want to be in that place, and, as a counterpoint to the quiet serenity of the countryside paintings, to feel the hustle and bustle of the people in the street.
From a technical standpoint, I’m still working on the right paint consistency in these. That, and the right brushes, will help me get some sharper edges in places. After nearly three years of trying to get ever softer edges in my landscapes, I now find that a few more hard edges should add greatly to the readability and excitement in these little street scenes. Allowing the pencil work to show through here and there under fairly transparent brush strokes, adds to that as well. If I were trying to achieve a more impressionistic effect ala Monet, this wouldn’t be a problem. But to achieve the look I want in these, I need a few more hard edges. The exploration continues.
I should note that these are 5×7″ on cold press Crescent board
I’ve also been spending some time sketching figures. This is not “life drawing” stuff. Posed models don’t seem to work for this. I’m not trying to achieve a detailed drawing here, but rather just be able to convey movement, size and shape variety, reasonably accurate proportions and body attitude. For this purpose, I work from photos of people actually walking in the street. These are sketches, rough, not intended to be works of art, but practice for improving the figures in my little street scenes. Most figures in a crowd can be mere suggestive paint strokes, but there need to be two or three, at least, that reasonably portray a human figure.