Tuesday, April 28, 2009

This weekend's daily painting

Here is my latest daily painting from the weekend. In order to complete a painting in under 8 hours which has dark, opaque tones, I suggest splitting it into 2 sittings, with drying time between.
I sketched the objects out and painted in the basic tones on Friday night 8-11 pm, and then finished the painting on Saturday from 8-1 am. This allowed me to have a couple coats of paint in the big dark area so that the correct value could be obtained. It also allows a fresh look at the subject the second day and any compositional alterations to be made. In this case I added the 2 left cloves of garlic on Saturday to help balance the objects out. The lights of the fabric should be a bit more brown-ish, so I will try a yellow glaze over that area when I get around to it.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Aids to scene construction

One technique I often employ for drawing is to make constructive mannequins of figures to help me visualize 3-dimensional elements in a scene, and make sure they are in proportion, planted to the ground, and believable. When creating art without reference, this is essential so that costumes and props can be made to exist dimensionally and in correct relation to the figures.

Using this procedure, you can also adjust the figures if the art is on layers or sheets of tracing paper, and arrive at a scene that contains a greater degree of pose variety and complexity. If you then go to shoot photo reference for the figures, you can be sure that the poses are reproduceable by real people. The pitfall with this approach is losing the essential gesture of a figure, so make sure that this constructive method is always balanced with a bit of expressive distortion as you proceed.

Monday, April 6, 2009

This weekend's daily painting

Here is my latest daily painting from the past weekend. I wanted to paint a subject that has more "notes", or detail as I'm often prone to fiddling things and don't get around to fully adding the surface details in these one-day paintings. This one required me to be decisive and fast with putting down the detail, as the forms are somewhat abstract without their full information.

For some reason it reminds me of the "eye of Sauron", fiendishly whispering "eat me Frodo".