pastel figures and photos!








The 2009 Illustration Academy  is in full swing and as expected it is crazy bananas. It is my 2nd year attending and I am honored to be around such accomplished teachers and students!

This means nu-pastel figure drawing. These figure sessions truly contain me at my most happy. Something about the technique they push is so money. It makes it much easier to get those strokes you see in your head, but can never seem to get. I did notice a trend of having a rendered torso with simple (or lack of) hands with no feet. I need to fix that. And yes the model that posed for the last one is ripped, she's great!! O yeah, these are 10-20 minute poses.

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Also the opening for my show in San Diego went terrific! Thanks to all those that stopped by and said hi! A few pics are above.

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And lastly, here's a WIP photo. Maybe 50% done. It's of a 30x40 oil portrait of badass guitarist Johnny Winter. I'm determined to finished it up next week.  I'm jazzed.

take care!!
-francis v

21 comments:

EL Gato Negro said...

man you cheating on the mark english technique you cant use those colors just yet hahahah #1 is fire

Sam Bosma said...

Goddamn those figures are fresh.

Tyler said...

i can taste the heat in them figures bro, the form on numero uno is blazin!

pointpusher said...

Beautiful studies man!

Wouter Tulp said...

beautiful drawings!!

Maanav MJ Sandhe said...

haha you should come down to Cal Arts on figure drawing days. lotsa chalk pastel

Per H said...

Such a sharp eye you have!

Eli said...

Well done. Always a pleasure to see your spontaneity. Cheers!

Bao Pham said...

The figures are mind blowing. Awesome sketches! Are they on newsprint?

M said...

There's a geometric quality to the figures that is really beautiful.

Andrew said...

Love the style of your pastel figure drawings on toned paper.

Maybe the challenge of never quite getting it is part of the motivation. The figure always offers something more to strive for.

You wrote that you are most happy during these sessions. There's something about the process of creating that is very satisfying.

Kendra Melton said...

Love that you used blue.
Kill that guitar, those are such a pain, but when you get it right it sings.
Figure drawing is my own form of meditation and relaxation. There's nothing better.
Hope all is going well
much love.

RAWLS said...

Nice bro!

Orlando Sanchez said...

Those figures are sweet I like the third one down and the first one the most. That oil painting is coming out killer looks like a lot of fun, and I see you are using some of that figure technique with pastels on the oil painting as well. great job sir.

Dustin dArnault said...

wow man those figure drawings are phenomenal!You just attack the paper man, it's John Blazin!

Jesse Fillingham said...

man that paint looks nice and buttery!
thatll be an awesome painting. palette reminds me of phil hale. nice!

Alejandro Gonzalez said...

Nice figure work man. The show looks like it went great. Congrats!

Gringo said...

Beautiful forms!

Meesimo said...

These are lovely, great post!

Francis Vallejo said...

thanks guys!

Andre Barnwell said...

Such Messy goodness. Nice!