Figures, Journal pages and sketchbook

gallery Juana
woman, gesture drawing, journal page

I am getting back to figure drawing again. The above gesture drawing was inspired by a vintage photo. I drew the figure using a pearl ex metallic and gum arabic mixed with water and a bit of white watercolor. The background is red acrylic paint.

male figure sketch, gallery Juana
male figure sketch, journal page

Without haste, but without rest. 

figure sketches, gallery Juana
figure sketching

figure sketches, gallery Juana
figure sketches

Sometimes sketches are overlaid upon each other as I warm-up and work out ideas. Even when it feels like I'm not moving forward, I remind myself that nothing is wasted. Every mark is a move forward.

It is art that makes life, makes interest, makes importance... and I know of no substitute whatever for the force and beauty of its process.
Henry James

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  1. Fantastic sketches. I really like the overlaid ones where you were warming up, they are so full of life.

  2. What wonderful sketches, your art has a wonderful energy to it.

  3. Oh wow Juana ~ all lovely sketches ~ and I like your idea that 'every mark is a move forward' ~ thanks,

    Happy week to you ~ ^_^

  4. I love your figure drawing. Interesting idea to overlap some of them.

  5. Love your style of figure skating, Juana. I like the look of the overlaid sketches.

  6. It's always so inspiring to see your figure drawing work, Juana! It's an area of drawing I've never been too good at, so this inspires me! Especially love the drawing with the dramatic RED background, and what sounds like gently shimming paint... BEAUTIFUL! :))) ((HUGS))

  7. Wonderful figure sketches. I feel like I always learn something new when it comes to art and tools with you. hee Thank you! :)

  8. Wonderful and meaningful sketches. It's always great to see your different techniques. Each makes your pictures so unique


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