My purpose in the beginning of the project was to create a work that shows my progress and also to create a work that I, as an artist, could be proud of. Upon hearing that we had to do a study on bones, I was incredibly concerned, for realism is not my strong suit. Knowing that my ability was not at the level I hoped for for a detailed pencil bone study, I decided to do the skeleton within option, which means to draw the skeleton inside of a famous painting. The painting I used for the skeleton within is entitled “Portrait of Lunia Czechowska,” painted by Amedeo Modigliani, who is known for having paintings with abnormally long necks.
While recreating and painting the Modigliani piece, my main focus was to recreate it as accurate as possible. I also wanted to design the skeleton within the way Modigliani would have designed it. I used a 3D anatomy website to get the skull and neck more accurate. Also, obviously, I had to lengthen the bone structure of the neck due to the unusual length. Doing the skeleton inside of the painting was difficult not only because I’m not accustomed to drawing the human skeleton but also because since the woman in the painting doesn’t have the normal human anatomy, it was hard at times to decide what the next step should’ve been when designing her anatomy.
Taking advice from one of my professors, I added shadows to the skeleton to make it pop out more and give it a more realistic flow. I also added a bit of shadow to the hair and the neck. To add a more vigorous feel to the bones, in addition to having a shadow, I blended some of the color from the neck into the bones so it wouldn’t be a plain beige color.
This project was very beneficial to my growth as an artist. Due to this project, in addition to the many tutorials I watched for this specific project revolving around the human anatomy, I have a better understanding on the human proportions and body. I think I achieved the primary goals I set in the beginning of this project. Despite a few minor flaws, I think this project is a great example of how much I’ve progressed since the beginning of the semester and the beginning of the year. In addition, I’m very proud of this painting because I didn’t think I would be able to recreate it the way I did.