And now for something completely different, as I never usually attempt to draw the human figure, but in the spirit of experimentation here’s at least part of one now. I can assure you this is not a self portrait of any kind as I don’t actually play ping pong. Okay, yeah, I also don’t have abs like these, as who would want to do sit-ups when they could be painting. For this one, I choose 3 somewhat primary colors: Ultramarine Blue, Gamboge, and Pyrrol Red. Also, I just made a quick contour sketch in pencil and went directly to watercolor without using my trusty Lamy pen first. Looking at it now, I miss the pen as with a few extra lines, I could have made him look like a Ken doll.
I’ve always wished I could look like this and have a body one might actually use the word “physique” to describe. Though I’m trim, months of yoga failed to reveal those elusive abs so I just gave up. I figured if I actually did have them they were buried too deep to be bothered, so I should just leave well enough alone. And unless you’re blessed with a particular genetic makeup, which I’m not, keeping them requires way too much work. I also have a hobby I love and don’t have time for another one, so I’ll just stick to painting, walking and eating right…mostly. Wine is staying on the menu, of course, though this will shock exactly no one who knows me.
At the end of the day, I guess we just have to be happy with who we are naturally. Our quirks and flaws make us so much more interesting. And when it comes to painting, while experimenting is fun, there’s nothing wrong with enjoying a particular process. I’m a sketcher who paints, and so I’ll be returning to my much loved ink. It’s not about sticking with what you know, it’s about honoring what you love most. Play, have fun, paint half-naked ping pong players even though you really wanted to paint a toucan. One thing is certain, you’ll always learn a lot in the experience.
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M. Graham watercolors: Ultramarine Blue, Gamboge, and Pyrrol Red in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal.
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