Friday, October 7, 2011

Angie's Art Class

This Monday's Art Class was inspired by Gustav Klimt. The task was to pull out our sketchbooks & create a drawing using Klimt's recognizable style. Now if you've been following my blog for a bit, you'll know that Klimt is one of my favourite artists - he's already inspired a large body of my own work, including my Klimt Goddesses ACEO series & a number of art pieces & sketchbook pages.

Back in July, I created this Klimt-inspired sketchbook page. I chose warm colours, lots of zany patterns & a sensual theme - 3 elements I find in many Klimt pieces. It's also a partial nude, which is why I didn't post pictures earlier... so if you're offended, I apologize. Personally, I rather like how it turned out.

When I first read Angie's post on Monday, I knew immediately what I wanted to do. The sketchbook I've been showing you for the past few month is almost completely filled. I've been wanting to draw a woman figure for the last page, something to echo the first page:
So I browsed through Klimt's work & fell in love with Lady with Fan:
I've never seen this piece before. It's one of his later works & there is a certain maturity to it when compared to some of his wilder, earlier women. I love how she stands out against the bright background, stunning with her milky skin, somber clothing & elaborate hairdo.

Here's my interpretation, using ink & watercolour pencils:
It's hard to see, but her hair is intricately curled. I especially love how the shading on her face & her rosy flush turned out.
I omitted the fan & opted for a modern chevron printed shawl. The bright background & her proud stance make me smile.
Now I can almost call this sketchbook complete. There are just a few more pages that need some finishing touches... & then I'll have to get myself a new one!

3 comments:

Mattos said...

very cool
I really need to be taking these weekly art classes with you and Angie, she has a great blog.

Nicole's Homemade Treats...The Blog said...

Nice - you are so multi-talented!!

The Belly Dancer said...

Very cool. I'm following Angie's blog now. Congratulations on your sketchbook, looking forward to the next one.