/ 30 May 2024

Pass me a beret and a paintbrush

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If you’ve ever wanted to draw someone like one of Leo’s French girls but don’t know where to begin, visual artist Kim Leutwyler has some tips to get your sketching started… The 7-time Archibald finalist has 5 stages for the perfect portrait. First, select the right “sitter” – aka muse – for your artwork, someone who’s got the time and inclination to share themselves with the world. Stage 2, figure out the composition – how they will sit and what they’ll wear (or not…). Next, paint the background first – revolutionary we know. Stage 4 – sketch your figure elsewhere first, then copy that onto the canvas. And finally, bring your sitter back for a final session to make the tweaks of perfection, et voila! We’d also like to suggest stage 6 – toast yourself with a glass of wine for a job well done. We can’t even draw a straight line so it might be a while before we get to have a drink…

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