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Illustration: “Sitting Nude” – Mixed Media

I’m an admirer of French artist Hippolyte Flandrin and his life-long struggle breaking into the elite art scene in 19th century France. Flandrin’s work was the result of hard work, constant training, technique improvement and pure perseverance — something rarely seen or practiced by artists these days.

Jeune Homme Nu Assis au Bord de la Mer” is one of the most striking works by Flandrin, and it became the subject of my mixed-media study and painting I did in 2002. I threw everything I learned in the past few months at this one: charcoal body, inked hair, gouache sky, wood rock outcrop, pencil sheets and pastel ocean.

Here are the initial sketch studies and the final framed painting:

Tools used: Wood, canvas, charcoal, pencil, gouache, pastel and ink.

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