Tuesday, December 2, 2008
I recently picked up "J.C. Leyendecker", a newly published book on his work. There are so many beautiful illustrations in here. I can't get over his "chiseled" understanding of form, structure, and value. Every painting is like a Greek statute that you could reach out and feel. He does this with such precise brush control, fallowing form to reinforce the structure and illusion of space. Joe was also very adamant about not using photo reference; always used models (and was in love with one for his whole career.)
This has me pondering some directions I'd like to take when I move into painting at the Figure Drawing Workshop. I'll start out as simple as I can by using only black and white oil paints or possibly guache. Focusing on matching value and using brush strokes with form. Doing this for the longer 10-25 minute poses will pose a challenge.