Recently I got it into my head that I wanted to do a small quilt that featured an abstracted nude. Since my drawing skills are totally limited to doodling (and I'm not even very good at that), I decided to go really abstract and just design him with ovals and circles, adding only the barest minimum of details.
I finally came up with a pencil sketch that I thought would work, and went over it with a black marker so that it would be visible through a previously painted piece of China silk.
Using the outline as a guide, I added washes of color to the different areas until I was happy with the results. Happy = you can probably tell it's a nude male figure. That's as close as I'll probably ever be able to get to representational work!
In looking for background fabrics, I came across the left over glue gel resist fabrics that I painted several months ago. I moved these around behind the figure until I was satisfied.
I ripped the fabrics into roughly the shapes that I wanted to use, and placed them on a piece of batting that had been cut to size.
All the pieces were pinned into place on the batting.
When I placed the figure back on top of the background, I decided that he needed one more piece to break up the unrelieved rectangle of his space.
Next week...construction of the quilt!
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Now my question: how did you ever visualize all those ovals to create the form?