Saturday, August 23, 2008

Golden Open Acrylic Figure Studies

12x16 GO Acrylics on canvas board.

This model is a an attractive girl, but has a slightly large boxy nose and a small mouth, petite body. In this case the cartoonist in me came out and exaggerated those features. Nose bigger, mouth smaller. I almost reduced the nose, but like the drawing and didn't want to mess with it. I think I hurt the models feelings as she didn't comment on it like she was with everyone else's...

I see some hard edges (the main downside of Acrylic), but I'm basically happy with this despite that I was distracted in class by a new smaller room making the fellow students quirks more distracting. There is one guy who likes squeaky chairs, rummaging around his equipment, loud pallet knife work, talking to the model, directing the model. He does this over a four hour period just enough to make you crazy, but not enough to really be totally obvious. Next week I'll try an I- pod or a new place.

White Dress 9x12
One week the Model didn't show up and one one of the artists at the space modeled.


Blogger Sakievich said...

I hate rude people at open drawing sessions or worse yet the weirdos. For a while at the one I go to in SLC there was this guy who would look around the room randomly and follow his eyes with his pad and charcoal making big swirls on his pad. Creeped me out, I never did a good drawing with him in the room. My friends and I called him the serial killer. Currently we have this guy in his late forties who dresses like it's 1989, who likes to hum along with his hairspray metal (headphones) like a cow. Which I might add is really annoying.

2:58 PM  
Blogger David Lobenberg said...

Check out a new product: Golden Open. I'll be posting some portraits soon using this very slow drying acrylic.

11:27 PM  
Blogger William K. Moore said...

Really great to see you keeping up with the figure work. Seems after years of experience the task would get easier and mastery a reflex. Well not so certainly in my case. Always some new obstacle to overcome or solution to discover. About the obnoxious guy... I think his brother was at Border's the other day chatting up a storm on a cell phone.

9:02 AM  
Blogger Urban Barbarian said...

Hard to imagine why a woman wouldn't like a portrait that makes her look like a clown... That being said, it's your prerogative to explore new directions in your artistic studies. Clearly you don't like to illustrate the surface beauty in most things. People or landscape. You see beauty in the strange/unusual and disturbing - and why not!

That's the poetic irony of 'dirty beauty'...! Your slant. Not everyone's got one. You go Bill! Beat the world over the head with your clever sense of irony! The fools! They'll learn!

11:29 AM  
Blogger LuisNCT said...

I really love the one below... great palette, lightning, and combination of softness and energy in the brushstrokes

3:47 PM  
Blogger polaco scalerandi said...

wuuuuaaaaaauuu, fantastic, are the best
this painter are incredibles
el polaco from argentina

6:40 PM  
Blogger liquidmethod said...

I've just started playing with acrylic myself, but it's hard to commit to after using oil for so long. I hear ya on the drawing groups. We have a really good one in my area, but our models bail occasionally and usually an artist is ready to step in and pose. Love what you have done with the figures!

8:39 PM  
Blogger Jackie said...

Cool work - despite the frustrations!

6:02 AM  
Blogger SEILER said...

Fun to see this from you . . . interesting too that it was acrylics . . . nice work! I've done a few of those too where I can't help but exaggerate . . . . some models just don't understand.

7:29 AM  
Blogger David Lobenberg said...

Oops! I see in your title that you did use Golden Open on this one.

10:25 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Sak-- I've sat next to many nuts on guy had the filthyist pants ever as he would obsessively wipe his brush on his thighs every few strokes.Sat far away from him after that.

11:08 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

I see you caught yourself Dave!

11:08 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey WK aways nice to have you stop by. Whats cool is my gallery up north (Vault) is taking some of my class figures to try and move. I figured they would be to "posed" or nude, but she likes them. Ho Ha!

11:11 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Dan for implying I'm a painter of ugly things. It's not like I put giant bird feet on her.

11:30 PM  
Blogger Urban Barbarian said...

True. But have you considered putting bird feet on your models? It seems to work for me quite well.

They would go nicely with the red clown noses. Unless you spread your wings and explore new ground you will never break free from the nest you hide yourself within.

I urge you to use your beak and sniff out new ways to find hideous beauty in your work. Follow me Bill. We will soar to new heights together! My bird feet and your clown noses will reach cloud nine, if you only let us!

Go. Paint. Destroy!!!

12:46 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Luis!

6:41 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks El Polaco!

6:44 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey Liguid-- Yeah it has it's draw backs, but in a way that makes it easyier to use...

6:45 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Jackie!

6:49 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Jason the cartoonist in us!

6:49 PM  
Blogger  said...

Your style is quite nice.

9:17 AM  
Blogger James Sutton said...

It looks like Doc Hammer isn't the only one who likes drawing melancholy women..

2:50 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

You know Dan I will! I really will!

11:49 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Tor You have a nice lip wig.

11:53 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Who's Doc Hammer?

11:53 PM  
Blogger James Sutton said...


I guess you don't watch The Venture Brothers.

4:11 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Really the paintings given are very nice.He did a wonderful job and i like it very much.


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