Sunday, May 24, 2015

"Painting Fiercely" demo at Opus

Step 1: drawing delineating main shapes (ie. dark, lights) to use as a general framework.

Step 2: block in the main shapes with base tones, starting with the dark colours first (working dark to light in oils). Be sure to keep the paint thin at this stage (diluted with turps).

Step 3: add lights and darks to the base tones (this gives the forms depth and structure). It's always important to figure out how the light is working in your picture, this will help in its composition as well.

Step 4: this is where we destroy the picture. This helps us to go beyond our initial image/source material and create something new. Smudging and erasing the colours is one way to create unexpected new forms. Try to obscure the figure so that it is on the edge of being unrecognizable.

Step 5: now try to bring the figure back into the image using your source material as a guide. This is where the process becomes give and take: reinforce the form, mess it up again when it becomes to fussy again. Repeat these last two steps until you feel like you can't do anymore to the image.

Demo Result 01

Demo Result 2

Monday, May 11, 2015

More sketches

Getting more used to sketching everyday and in fact, I start to feel a bit weird if I don't. Here's some more samples.

watercolour on cold press

watercolour on cold press

watercolour on cold press

micron pens on sketch paper

Princess and the Pea

Princess and the Pea, 34" by 42", oil on canvas, 2015

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Sketching in Spring

I've been doing a lot of sketching lately, partly because I want to get out of my apartment a little more (been feeling cooped up a little), and partly because I want to see what happens when I draw just for the sake of making a drawing (seeing and translating the visual world) as an end in itself. I find that I've been drawing mostly as studies for paintings. So usually the drawing isn't really finished or goes beyond the realm of a thumbnail. I also found a great class on about sketching outdoors and thought I'd give it a try. Here's the results from some of the assigned projects.

Water colour on cold press paper

HB and 6B on standard sketching paper

HB and 2B on standard sketching paper

HB and 6B on standard sketching paper

Pen and ink (Micron pens) on standard sketching paper

HB on standard sketching paper

Water colour on cold press paper