Figure Drawing: DIAMOND REDHEAD
1999, by Chris Wayan
I like this because the model looks so cynical. Really, she wasn't: she was queasy. She'd had a headache and took six or seven Advils. She felt very strange and thought she better not stand up...
Then a fire broke out on the pier next door and the sirens started and the smoke curled in and I drew this.
But all I had to paint on that day was the back of an LP record cover, 12" square. To avoid the orthogonality, and accentuate the slouch (Accentuate The Slouch, wasn't that a World War II song?) I tilted it to a diamond shape. I think I'll do more diamonds--for many subjects it frames things better--and has more energy than tired old squares... Try it, you'll see.
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