This week Jenn from Artist's Play Room asked us to be inspired by one of our favourite artists, but, to give you 'added value', this sketch I did a while ago combines Modigliani's 'Portrait of Juan Gris' with Egon Schiele's very individual style into one image. That way I give homage to both of them.
Now Modigliani was a bit of a lad, but Schiele really wasn't a nice piece of work at all, nor were a lot of his paintings. I love his use of line and the way he uses colour though, so I ignore the more unpleasant aspects of his work - many artists who are universally admired tackled the same subjects so he's not alone in his tastes.
Schiele's work is recognisable from the weird positions of his subjects, which I find intriguing, particularly the way he draws hands.
The following 3 'tribute' sketches inspired by Schiele's work are my own work, and are not copies of his paintings, and you can see what I mean by unusual poses.
This gangly fellow was inspired by a magazine photograph of a dancer, but the awkward positions I've given him make him look far from graceful as he looked in the original photo.
This lady is from my imagination, and I have no idea how she is managing to stand up - perhaps she has taken up extreme modern dance.
Another one from my imagination. I find drawing hands very taxing, and drawing hands in Schiele's way is very liberating. Try it.
Linking this to Artist's Play Room - and to Paint Party Friday.