Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Demo Process Five

I added a couple layers of oil paint. First I glazed in alizarin crimson and phthalo blue to give the face some color. Then I started laying in thicker, tinted versions of those same colors with paynes gray. I like to lay in the oils a little messy, then clean it up with pencil. It's drying in the back window of my car as I write. I also added a white glow behind his head with white oils, then scratched in a little message, "I will BURN you." 

Friday, May 23, 2014

Demo Process Four

Here it is with a layer of Prisma color pencil work on top of the dry oil paints. I used black and white pencil to clean up messy parts, define detailed areas, and enhance the values. I also used a Sharpie marker to add some copy to the background… a little Sherlock bonus for the fans. Next step… more oils. Can't wait.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Demo Process Three

Here it is with a layer of oil paint over the face. I am using Paynes Gray and White. It's kind of flattened out again. I am thinking about values, but more that that I am trying to build a base on which I will build up the image. Excited for the next step.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Demo Process Two

Here is the demo piece with a Paynes Gray oil wash. Then I heightened the image with white prismacolor pencil, and strengthened the blacks with black prismacolor pencil. Then I applied a protective coat of workable fixative before the next step...

Monday, May 12, 2014

Demo Process

I want to do a series of posts showing my process and how it relates to traditional painting. Here is the first part of the process, the final sketch. 

In my Life Painting 1 class at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, we recently did a charcoal drawing from a cast on newsprint. Then we transferred the drawing to our canvas, and restated the lines with black acrylic paint.

When I work, I use a projector to project my small sketch onto a larger piece of Strathmore 3-ply Bristol Board. Then I rework the tracing using a black Prismacolor pencil. I try not to do any shading at this stage (although it's hard not to.) Then I prepare the bristol board for paint with a layer of matte medium. Usually I draw circles in the matte medium to create texture and subtle directional lines towards the focal point.

It tends to look flat and disproportioned at this stage, but that will be fixed when I start to paint and use values to push and pull the elements into place.

I like this stage a lot because it allows me to do what I do best: draw. I've always considered myself a "drawer," and this process keeps drawing at the heart.