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!