Saturday, 12 January 2013

The Boxer

Put 'em up!

In a fighting mood: in the right corner is me, and in the left corner is also me. Looks like the one in the lower-right corner has the upper hand but in fact is running away ( big scaredy-cat). The one with the gloves hops around the ring beating all-comers standing on one leg...what a winner!

"The Boxer #1", acrylics on paper, 59x43cm.

Playing around with the placement of the figures and trying to abstract the shapes without losing them entirely - a delicate balance, much like my one yellow-legged pugilist!

This is probably a better and more powerful arrangement:

"The Boxer #2", acrylics on paper, 59x43cm.

And three legs are better than one! Here the boxer, and now his minder, are alligned together in vertical format making for a stronger, bolder, image especially with the gloves and arms a deeper bloodier orange/red right in the centre of the picture.

I have never really been a fan of boxing - too much a feartie and don't like the damage caused to one human bean by another, but I did in the past appreciate the art of boxing practiced by Muhammad Ali (lots of running away and not allowing his opponnent to land a punch on his pretty face!)

Both these painting studies (above) came from these two original figure studies on a single sheet so you can see how the development of the idea went:

Figure Studies, acrylics on paper, 59x43cm.


Lisa Le Quelenec said...

At first I wondered if the gloved figure was the muse telling you to pick up those brushes and pencils and get to work.... Or maybe Mrs Drawsandpaints because you forgot her smarties...

It's really nice to see the development and the tall format is perfect.

daviddrawsandpaints said...

Ah, a woman never loses sight of the chocolate :o)
Glad to see you remembered the smarties, Lisa, and glad you like these boxers!