26 June, 2010

Ballerina Sketch - Degas Copy

Degas Copy - Ballerina 1
10.5" x 8"
Pastel & Charcoal
Casey Klahn

This post originally at Pastelsblog, March 7, 2010.

If I were to quit landscapes and just spend the rest of my days copying Degas, I would still be a happy man. Photos with a point and shoot - better quality ones to follow.


Janelle Goodwin said...

Wow, what a beautiful rendition of Degas's ballerina. I love the mixture of colors that pop out and bring the viewer in!

Casey Klahn said...

Thank you for kind words, Janelle! I struggled with the background mightily, but by the next painting I felt like something good was happening.

The theatrical lighting is an interesting element of his subjects, huh?

Amber Cauley said...

This is beautiful! I love the colors too. What kind of tape do you use? I've never seen black tape. I use pastels too and I usually just settle for the bright blue painters tape.

Casey Klahn said...

Hey, Amber - thanks!

I use what I think is fabric photog tape. The roll in my studio says PRO Tape & Specialties, and is 3/4 inch.

Try this.

Celeste Bergin said...

whoaaaa do I love this! You did a sublime job of color "restraint"--seriously, it is magnificent! You have some Degas inside you--that is for certain!

Casey Klahn said...

I'll take the compliment, Celeste! I respect your approach to the figure - I am looking for my own voice by these studies of Degas' works.

Har. Restraint I ain't got. But, look closely at ED and see some of the stuff he did. We are so used to looking at it, we miss the history he made with colorism.

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