Thursday, December 19, 2013

Cellist Vladimir Morgovsky

Cellist Vladimir Morgovsky by James Gurney
Cellist Vladimir Morgovsky, painted in watercolor last night at the dress rehearsal of Franz Schubert's Mass in E-flat major.

7 comments:

Rich said...

Always nice to see able hands on a fretboard so finely rendered.

greenishthing said...

What pencils do you use for the skin color?

James Gurney said...

Thanks, Rich.

Greenish, for this sketch, I'd say about 90% of the colors and tones on the whole sketch, including the face are done in watercolor rather than the watercolor pencils. I used a reddish brown pencil for the initial lay-in, a black one for a few details on the glasses and jacket wrinkles, and white pencil for some highlights and some white gouache for the strings.

Adriana Guidi said...

Nicely done!

Simone said...

Probably the best part of following your blog is the regular posting of excerpts from your sketchbook. For me they're a constant exhortation to to keep up with the practice. Cultivating that habit is like cultivating a healthy balanced diet. Makes all the difference in the world. I know when I am sketching regularly my studio paintings go more smoothly....Thanks!

A Painter's Journal said...

James - I love seeing your sketchbook pages. I am always inspired and amazed and I wonder HOW do you get into so many wonderful places to paint? During the symphony rehearsal? Do you know people in high places?

James Gurney said...

Painter's Journal--Thanks, my wife sings in the Bard Community Chorus, and because of snow delays they had the dress rehearsal right before the concert, so I had no choice but to hang out in the rehearsal while she practiced. Rehearsals are always great for painting musicians, and I don't think local ones like this are hard to get into. But I was lucky because everyone was wearing their suits.