For my FMP I would like to produce a collection of images which have been inspired by the work of Mike Leonard.
His work is just incredible and it is the composition he uses which I am most attracted to. The people in his photos are always doing something. They aren’t just rendered as being still and posing but they are in motion.
This is one of my favourite paintings by Leonard. I like the soft colours he uses and that there is a lot of emotion emanating from the figure in his image. The detail is amazing and hyper realistic art is what I am attracted to the most.
After having a tutorial with Steve, we discussed another approach to my work. Steve said that he really likes my drawings and have I not considered sketches for my FMP instead of painting. I want my FMP to have an impact and I don’t know if sketches are as impactful as paintings.
Steve advised me to do some sketches in a similar style to Leonard to see what I thought.
For my first sketch I simply copied from a favourite piece from Mike Leonard’s collection and this is the image above.
Sketching above everything else is actually my favourite medium to use. I find it comes more natural to me than anything else. I feel more confident with a pencil than a paint brush. I feel I have developed a technique which works and that is effective.
So using techniques and skills which I have developed from doing the life art classes, I created a replica of this painting with a HB pencil. I started with the head to determine the proportions of the body as whole. I worked through the image and drew the figure out before I began shading.
I also use a blender. They really are so effective and also can be time saving too. I find that a blender gives a soft effect than just blending in pencil using my finger.
I also make sure I always use pencils that have rubbers on the end. I rub out pencil in certain areas so that it gives the effect of light.
Where the areas are much darker I put a lot pressure down to make the area darker and give the sense of shadow. I find that this also helps with giving the idea of realism. This is what I am wanting to achieve. Especially with using pencil.
I am really pleased with how this sketch has turned out.
I will now use my own visual references to create some more sketches and see how I feel about using this for my FMP instead of paints.