The first part of the day, 10-11:30, was spent with Fran telling us about the shape of the head, where the eyes, nose, mouth, ears are placed. That we need to measure angles in the head (like the angle of the nose - is it straight across or does it go up on one side). She had some drawings on tracing paper to illustrate this. We only got to spend 1 1/2 hours on this because the model was scheduled to arrive at noon and we had to eat lunch before she arrived.
As for sight measuring, I've only seen that used in a figure drawing class and I thought I knew how to do it until I began trying with our model at noon - and then everything I had learned flew out the window!
Our model for the afternoon (sorry about the blurred photo).
She was a professional, sitting for long stretches of time without a break, and not complaining - and not moving at all!!
And here is my sketch of the model, in my Aquabee Sketchbook. In looking through previous sketches in that book, I see it's been since 2009 that I was doing figure drawing through Manifest Gallery's Drawing Center! I need to get back to that because it's obvious that you lose it if you don't use it!
Due to the nature of the workshop, we didn't have easels and weren't standing to draw - we sat at our tables and tilted our paper upright so we wouldn't get too much distortion. Fran said to leave out her arms because I'd made them too small, so I just painted her head and shoulders when I began painting. We drew first, then painted, while the model still sat and posed.
Again, background first (this drawing was traced onto watercolor paper and I left out a lot that I was going to try to put in with paint later). I hated it and it was too solid and heavy, so I went back and sprayed it off with a heavy-duty sprayer. That's what caused the streaks.
Then hair - I tried to keep it light and painterly. I was using only three colors through the painting:
French Ultramarine Blue
This is where I finished up. She doesn't look like the model - more like the model as a young girl? Not sure I'll do more to it but might try this one again since I have the sketch to work from and the model's photo for colors.
The three days were tough. Long hours, Fran was a real task-master, working us hard and no fooling around chatting with your neighbor - back to work!! Fran teaches workshops in the Columbus, OH area (she's done workshops at the Columbus Museum of Art). If you're interested in seeing her work, just google Fran Mangino and her midlife series will come up, along with a couple of articles she wrote about using photographs as reference material and projecting your work and tracing (which she showed us on the 2nd day of the workshop). I don't think her webpage has been updated in a while - but you can google her name and some of her more recent paintings will come up.