Term 5, Bargue Drawing, Week 2

Week of Nov. 15, 2021

For a description of this unit see my Bargue Drawing unit plan. For full context, see the description of my Art Home School Curriculum.


This week was pretty different in that I spent the whole week on one drawing. It was great to push myself to spend more time on a single piece than I ever have before.


Drawings and Critiques

Monday, Nov. 15

Gouache portrait.

This week I added yellow ochre and flame red to my black and white. This is known as the Zorn palette, named after Swedish painter Anders Zorn.

Bargue drawing.

It looks really awkward at this stage with the shadow side undeveloped.

Tuesday, Nov. 16

Bargue drawing.

Evened out the shadows, and started defining the eye and mouth.

Wednesday, Nov. 17

Bargue drawing.

Adding some half tones (prematurely).

Thursday, Nov. 18

Bargue drawing.

Adding the darkest darks and smoothing out the shadows.

Friday, Nov. 19

Bargue drawing.

Working on the shadow transition on the base.

Saturday, Nov. 20

Bargue drawing.

The finishing touches, and finally done. I spent 22 hours on this, and somehow I didn’t notice until the very end that her left eyelid is too high. It seems so glaringly obvious, I don’t know how I missed it. Other than that, I’m pretty happy with it. I learned a lot throughout this process. The majority of the time went into the shadow, trying to get all the edges and values just right.

Sunday, Nov. 21

Gouache portrait.

I hate the ugly splotches in the background. Hopefully I can fix them.