Day 16: #WorldWatercolorMonth

Day 16: #WorldWatercolorMonth male torso abs shirtless playing ping pong in swimsuit

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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  1. I love te use of just three colours, and completed so well. Who would have thought that ping pong created abs like those, he he.

  2. Love it, painting and post! And three colors, woo! Love your humor, my friend. You have changed all of us who have joined you for fabulous WWM!!! 💛💛💛

    • Author

      Thanks so much, Laura! 😃💕Something totally different! hehe… not really my subject matter, but fun to do. And WWM has been sooooo fun! Glad you’re enjoying it too!!

  3. Margaret Parker Brown 7 years ago

    love your post, so much of it is true. 🙂 well, that sounded like I was implying that some wasn’t! lol I didn’t mean that but you get my drift….lol I don’t have those abs either 🙂

  4. Eric Disney 7 years ago

    Oh how this resonates–in MANY ways. Well done Sir Charles. BTW, you have nothing to worry about, you are a beautiful man. Abs are fleeting…sky blue eyes are forever. Oh, and just WHO was your model??? hee hee.

    • Author

      Awww thanks so much, Eric!! 😃💕Glad you liked this! It’s quite a departure for me! hehe… and the I have no idea who the model was, but if I met him in person his abs would just irritate me! Lol

  5. Jill Kuhn 7 years ago

    Impressive painting, Charlie! And thanks for the smile! 😄

  6. Curious to the Max 7 years ago

    You’re an artist after my own heart! I just finished posting a sketch of a man and I too left off his head!!!!!

  7. Ellie 7 years ago

    Wow! Excellent painting, Charlie. And, as always, hilarious and thoughtful (yes, I guess those two do go together) words.

    • Author

      Aww thanks Ellie! 😃💕Glad ya liked this! Figured I’d try something a little different in honor of the month! Hehe

  8. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 7 years ago

    You’ve never painted the human body before this one? Well done, most impressive, and not just the gentleman’s impressive abs, but the painting itself is well painted.

    • Author

      Awww thanks Sharon! I think I may have tried just one in college, but that was in acrylic and it was perfectly awful! Lol Glad you like this one! 😃💕

  9. Monique 7 years ago

    I agree so well done..enjoyed your frankness..hope that is a word!

  10. theturtle 7 years ago

    “we just have to be happy with who we are naturally” 🙂
    Turtle Hugs

  11. Teri C 7 years ago

    This was a total surprise! Great job painting it and as always, love the commentary. Yeah, I keep wine in my diet also 😄

    • Author

      Lol… something unexpected in honor of the challenge month! Thanks, Teri! 😃💕I just wish wine would make abs like this! lol

  12. Carmel Campbell 7 years ago

    This is one of my favorites!

    • Author

      Aww thanks Carmel! 😃💕I’m totally not into making people, but it was fun to try! Glad you liked it! That means a lot since you’re so exceptional at drawing people!

  13. jmnowak 7 years ago

    hahaha…oops!~ Sorry, I was having a quiet giggle at what I thought I saw (no, not tellin’). I’m glad you had a go, Charlie…it’s quite good, despite no pen marks. Love the shorts!
    ps: Just sitting and meditating-type yoga won’t do anything for your abs…

    • Author

      Haha! I can imagine what you saw! Lol Thanks Janina! 😃💕Glad you liked this. And I did hot yoga which was strenuous… still a no show on the abs! Lol

      • jmnowak 7 years ago

        No you can’t! It would never enter your head, believe me, and No it’s not rude! Just my quirky sense of humour at play here…hehehe!! I’d not bother with the Bikram Yoga, try Hatha, gentler and more effective, in my experience.

  14. Tom Merriman 7 years ago

    Good painting Charlie – we all have physiques like that on the inside. Mine’s very much so on the inside, but it’s there.

  15. artandmoondreams 7 years ago

    You and your lovely desserts…er…paintings..*blush…lol. Seriously, love that you are stepping out into different territory and with a flourish. Beautiful painting, the shadows and dimensions of muscles are excellent, not even missing the usual ink as the your color layering express it all so well. You have a wonderful talent, there is no subject beyond your reach.

    • Author

      Haha! So happy you liked this little dessert, Haunani! 😃💕Hehe… too funny! Yeah, it was a fun exercise, but I think I’m better at the other kinds of desserts when it comes to painting! 😊

  16. Jodi 7 years ago

    Woohoo look at those amazing abs. You did them so well Charlie that I’m almost blushing at my reaction. 😉. Great post buddy. Love it!

  17. Cathe 7 years ago

    This is such a great post Charlie. Good for you for painting abs guy. You know he had to give up all the wine and carbs for those abs. I think he’s just showing off, seriously. You have the best gift of all, super creative talent and the best sense of humor. Keep creating your magic dear friend!

  18. twistedsisterweb 7 years ago

    Let’s call this your Self Image!

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  20. galoot247 7 years ago

    I continue to enjoy your work. Growing up my Mom had a few watercolors around the house that she had painted. Your work brings me back to that moment of awe when I first saw the paintings. Keep up the great work.

  21. Jennifer McLean 7 years ago

    LOL, Charlie, I never really thought of it that way. I’m pretty much a sketcher who paints too. Although I absolutely love painting and I yearned to do it for years, I now find that the drawing part is so much part of the process that I’m unhappy putting my pencil down to just paint first. I’ve been told that starting with pen first is more freeing or just going in with paint is even better but I LOVE MY PENCIL. Not because it’s a crutch but because I LOVE MY PENCIL. The beauty of lead makes me happy so I join you in being a sketcher who paints. Or, how about just we’re multi media artists, sounds so exotic and multidisciplinary!! lol. Have a great day Charlie and don’t put down your pen!

    • Author

      Thanks so much, Jennifer! 😃💕That’s an excellent way to describe it! Yeah… if you like the tool you use to make art, you should stick with it. When other people talk about what you “should” do they are just referring to what they prefer. Doesn’t make a golden rule. We should just make art in the way that inspires us most!

  22. YesterdayAfter 7 years ago

    Oh yeah Charlie the dude has great physique! lol I loved you post and descriptions did bring a great smile for me, you are too much fun! Btw your watercolor is great, I love the colors you attempted the figure greatly! Like you I miss my pen when I paint without outlines as pure watercolors but sometimes is nice to work differently! Wish you a great day!

    • Author

      Thanks so much, Carolina! 😃💕hehe… this was really something different for me. Working from a photo, of course, as I don’t even know anyone with this physique! Haha! Glad you liked it!

  23. memadtwo 7 years ago

    This one made me smile. He does bear a resemblance to Ken…(K)

  24. Jacob 7 years ago

    Ooh la la! What a pleasant surprise this is 😉 This turned out great! I’m sure this actually is you, and that’s why you’ve gone for figure and conveniently avoided the face…

    I have intermittent desires to build a body like this, but then I realise the amount of effort involved and it quickly puts the whim to bed. Your doodlewash muscles are just as impressive, if not a whole lot more so! <3

    • Author

      Thanks, Jacob! 😃Haha… yeah… let’s go with your theory! It is me! I like that! But sadly… it’s not me and even the photo reference lacked a head so we may never know who it was. Suffice to say it’s someone with time to only work on looking like that and no time to paint pictures or build amusement parks. So… not much to envy in the end. 😉

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