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painting over life drawings with mixed media

Painting over life drawings with mixed media

I don’t know about you but time seems to fly when I am in life drawing class and I have only so much time to draw contours and shade, it is difficult to also add paint.

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A while ago, I wrote a post about a technique I like to use when reworking my life drawings. You can read about it hereOrganized chaos : Reworking life drawings in mixed media

I worked on a new series using the same technique.

I started by selecting some of the life drawings I wanted to use:

selecting some life drawings to paint on top

After brushing on a layer of clear gesso, I started adding Indian ink to the drawings.

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Liquitex Acrylic Clear Gesso

This Clear Gesso makes an excellent high-tooth, stable surface for most media. It dries clear to translucent, depending on thickness. Flexible and non-yellowing when dry. Mix Liquitex Clear Gesso with acrylic paint to create a colored gesso.

Here is a video that shows me adding texture to the Indian ink washes by spraying water:

Here are some close up of the textures:

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Speedball Super Black Waterproof India Ink

“Super black” means its blackness will be very permanent and fadeless. Contains 100% carbon black pigment. Also free-flowing, non-clogging, and waterproof.

And here is a gallery of the finished drawings

Do you have examples of your life drawings being reworked in the studio you want to share in the comments ?

Painting over life drawings with mixed media
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