Our latest Exehibition is Krissi Hill, who paints close-up faces in intimate detail and attends Art Society Life drawing classes.
At Uni, I unfortunately don’t have the space or the time to do what I really love, which is painting. I do, however, go to the life-drawing classes run by artsoc and charcoal is my new best friend. It’s the quickest and easiest way to get big bold strokes down on paper and capture a sense of movement and vitality.
It’s a medium that gives a huge variety of tone which I find just can’t be achieved with a pencil. I love the depth of the blackness of charcoal –although if I go too overboard I normally end up with smudges across my face.
When I can though I like to paint. These pictures are from a series I did on sleeping faces.
I do tend to prefer portraiture just because I find it interesting to study people’s expressions and see the different colours across their skin. Jenny Saville is one of my favourite artists and I love the varied palette that she uses. I normally paint in layers starting with a base and picking out the bold primary colours and shading before building the details on top. I find it gives the painting a more 3D aspect and makes those bold colours more subtle.
These paintings are only small, about A3, which I suppose isn’t that small. I don’t like working on anything smaller than A3 as otherwise I can’t fit in all the detail I want to.
At A0 this painting is a much better size for how I’d like to work. I wanted to make the viewer feel like they were intruding on the subjects privacy in watching them sleep so close up. However, I definitely need more practice in scaling up the detail.
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