from a dad's view

In the shadows – Life drawing (nude)

I hope this doesn’t offend anyone, it shouldn’t because a human body is not only the most complexed form, but is also one of the most beautiful. I’m working on larger paintings at home, but until I finish those I did a quick ink wash of this beautiful form in the shadows. I might finish it with more details, but I’m not sure.

42 responses

  1. B e a u t i f u l !
    I love it. I don’t think it needs more detail.

    January 28, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    • Thank you,
      I think your right, I’m happy the way it is.

      January 28, 2010 at 2:05 pm

  2. aswirly

    Oh! It is so beautiful! The form and shadows are just wonderful. Have you ever seen the book “drawing lessons from the great masters”? It was given to me as a gift many years ago and analyzes the figure drawings from the masters of old. It’s one of my fav all-time book. Your drawing reminded me of it.

    January 28, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    • Thank you again for your kindness,
      I have never seen that book or read it. As you can tell by my grammer, I hate reading. That’s a bad thing and I’ve tried to change it, but no matter what the book is about I just can’t seem to stay interested. Maybe I’ll take your suggestion and check this book out to improve on my figure drawings. Someday I would take a figure drawing class also. Thanks!

      January 28, 2010 at 2:11 pm

  3. dreamalittledesigns

    Gorgeous! I wont ask who your model was…I know now that you can sketch from memory. πŸ˜‰

    January 28, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    • Thanks, but my memory isn’t that good! LOL
      Actually, I haven’t painted or drawn the figure for years and thought it would be something new. I do my figures in my fantasy paintings by memory, but this was a model found in a art magazine for figure posing. The shadows and the beauty of the model intrigued me. Although a little to thin, the shadows of her hips and shoulder made for beautiful edges.

      January 28, 2010 at 2:18 pm

  4. Gorgeous form! I agree with saaraspaintings: no more detail is needed. You have amazing sensual lines and tones, the rest is suggested and is up to the viewer’s imagination. I think expressions and innuendos are THE most elusive and difficult things to paint. You got a beautiful innuendo going here with minimal means. Bravo!

    January 28, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    • Thank you,
      I’m so glad to have your and others help. I’m always second guessing my art, and to have professionals like yourself comment and tutor, helps tremendously. Thanks again!

      January 28, 2010 at 2:24 pm

      • Ryan, you are making a grave error calling me a professional, LOL. I started drawing in June 2009 and painting in October 2009. I am a floundering amateur trying to teach myself some skills. I thought YOU are an experienced artist!

        January 28, 2010 at 2:31 pm

      • Michael Jordan was a professional the first day he walked on the basketball court in Chicago, it didn’t take him years. You may not be able to play basketball, but I’ve seen your work… your profesional!

        January 28, 2010 at 3:07 pm

  5. Thank you for share it with us.
    My favorite nude paintings πŸ™‚
    I always asked myself if someone from my blogroll thinks to paint this too.
    Well…now I know that it is someone.
    I remember when I was in high school and the teacher told us to choose everyone an artistic theme to discuss about it abit.My favorite one was the nude paintings. She was curious to know about what exactly I would like to discuss in this theme and when she finally understand then she really appreciate it. πŸ™‚ It was a nice moment for me.

    Have a wonderful time,my friend! πŸ™‚

    p.s: I hope that in the future you will still keep painting nude paintings again πŸ˜‰

    January 28, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    • Thank you,
      I have always enjoyed drawing or painting figures, I just haven’t done any in a long time. Someday I’m taking a class so I can do it right, instead of winging it. I wasn’t sure of the reaction that I would get for posting it, but so far everyone has been kind. I’m very conservative in so many ways, but I find each human body as a wonderful piece of art. All but my own… it’s a mess! LOL

      January 28, 2010 at 3:04 pm

      • You are very funny in the end :))
        You know? Everyone is special in his way so don’t worry about it.
        The human body it’s not so important in this world. I think that the human brain is the essential.
        I hope that soon I will have the chance to admire other nude drawings πŸ™‚

        Enjoy the moment!

        January 31, 2010 at 12:57 pm

      • Wow, am I in trouble… the brain is essential also, the only thing worse than my body is my brain! Oh No!

        February 1, 2010 at 6:09 am

  6. This is beautiful, Ryan. Don’t change a thing. I like the impromptu feel of this.

    January 28, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    • Thank you Leslie,
      I think I’ll keep it as, I’m liking it more and more.

      January 28, 2010 at 7:59 pm

  7. You are right, the human body is the most beautiful form and also the most difficult to comprehand. You really master it very well. Have yet to try to draw naked painting, i think they are still quite taboo in my country.

    January 28, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    • Thank you Francis,
      I think there is a huge difference between a beautiful well posed nude and what I would call Trash or porn. Some of the most beautiful people are from your country and it would be a shame not to express that beauty in art. I’m sure with your talent and style, the painting of a nude would be beautiful.

      January 28, 2010 at 8:06 pm

  8. This is what I see when i photograph nudes…that you capture it by your hand is amazing. I love the light.

    January 29, 2010 at 6:17 am

    • Thank you, I love the light also, this was from a photo from a talented person like yourself. I’m not sure my wife would allow a live model!

      January 29, 2010 at 7:48 am

  9. prefect, i loved it!

    January 29, 2010 at 7:41 am

    • Thanks, just visited your blog, very cool!

      January 29, 2010 at 7:54 am

  10. Ryan, your lights and darks are very dramatic and strong. The lines of the figure are strong. No need for more detail.

    January 29, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    • Thanks Carol!
      Do you see the light yet? (refer to freaky cold blog) LOL

      January 29, 2010 at 8:10 pm

  11. Gorgeous!

    January 29, 2010 at 8:16 pm

  12. Really beautiful.

    January 30, 2010 at 8:03 am

  13. Thank you for posting this beautiful piece. I am not offended at all. I agree with everything in the earlier comments. It would be wonderful to see this as a watercolor painting.

    January 30, 2010 at 2:54 pm

  14. Thats sooo beuatiful… its a great figure… and is relly nice…and i like that the face is looser… it looks soooo nice!!!

    February 3, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    • Thank you Tristan,
      I think most agree on the face, I’m keeping it as is.

      February 3, 2010 at 12:32 pm

  15. Amazing the way it is.

    February 5, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    • Thank you,
      Can’t wait to see more of your work, I like it a lot.

      February 5, 2010 at 1:03 pm

  16. dariaelisabeth

    heya πŸ™‚
    thank you very much for your comment of my nana’s drawing.
    your blog is very great! i love this picture! did u draw that? it’s fantastic!
    greetings from germany,

    February 5, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    • Thank you Daria,
      I sketched it, and then used an ink wash, like watercolor to finish it. It was from a photo, not sure if my wife would allow something that beautiful as a live model! Thank you again, and how are things in Germany?

      February 5, 2010 at 1:52 pm

  17. ginamtheresa

    This is a beautiful work, just as it is!


    February 10, 2010 at 5:00 pm

  18. leighmur

    You have some great stuff on here. This is a wonderful study of the figure, and I agree with you in saying that no one should ever be offended by the tasteful nudity so often found in artwork πŸ™‚

    February 18, 2010 at 9:41 am

    • Thank you for visiting and you have beautiful work as well.

      February 18, 2010 at 9:45 am

  19. breetsuts

    I realize that I’m way behind, but leave it just as it is! The lines are so beautiful and I love its simplicity.

    February 25, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    • Thank you for your comment and for visiting my blog. I left it as is and have it framed and hanging. I hoped to do a few more nudes or life drawing in the future. Thanks again!

      February 26, 2010 at 5:03 am

  20. this is amazing. your work is beautiful

    March 5, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    • Thank you,
      I enjoyed your sight with the different artist, although I do mostly traditional, I’m always impressed by new and creative artist.

      March 5, 2010 at 12:40 pm

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