Small drawing of a male nude, from my photograph, in ink on illustration board.
It’s not often I draw from a photograph – much prefer to draw from real life, but thought I’d give it a try. Drawing from a live model is easier, believe me! Peering into shadows to find non-existent detail is frustrating!
Not completely successful, but an interesting excercise.

My style is contemporary whilst firmly rooted in realism. I work in a number of mediums, including pastel, charcoal and conte, pen and ink, gouache, watercolour, acrylics, pencil, photography, and mixed media, and am currently painting in oils. I find that changing and experimenting with mediums keeps me fresh and open to learning. I especially love capturing the human face and figure in oils, and photographing the urban landscape, including the amazing graffiti to be found in Melbourne.

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  • Rhinovangogh
    Rhinovangoghover 5 years ago

    Interesting piece.

  • Virginia McGowan
    Virginia McGowanover 5 years ago

    well so glad others feel the same Roz!!!! ~re photo .so frustrating .this worked well though…

  • Anni Morris
    Anni Morrisover 5 years ago

    Yes Roz I agree with you 100%. Drawing from photos isn’t ideal…fuzzy, like looking through another layer. Sadly we often don’t get the chance to sketch from life. ~ Anni :)

  • Thanks Anni, yes, I guess I’m lucky enough to run two life classes a week!

    – Roz McQuillan

  • Colin Cartwright
    Colin Cartwrightabout 5 years ago

    Ah, this is a fine drawing, Roz. As much as I love your colourful, topless ladies, this is a quite remarkable art work. The posture of the body is superbly representative of a shipwreck survivor. And clever inclusion of the submerged knee.

    I like the challenge of painting from a dull photo. Many of my watercolours are just that! Usually Victorian or early 20th century..

  • Thanks so much for your comment, Colin!

    – Roz McQuillan

  • patsy1946
    patsy1946about 5 years ago

    How lucky to run two life classes a week..I havn’t been in one since the 80’s…I love this and the drama of the pose…I can’t comment technically because I’m so out of date and just recently taken up the brushes again

  • Thanks so much, Patsy! Best of luck, just go for it! :)

    – Roz McQuillan

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