Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Planning A Painting





I used to hate doing preliminary drawings or any sketching leading up to a final painting, It always seemed so tedious, like I was doing things over.

The truth is I find I am more satisfied with the results when I take the time to explore the image first. One of the reasons why I  started to do this was to help me decide which medium I wanted to paint the image in.








I start with a pencil drawing. It helps me to identify and try to solve ahead of time the areas of the image that are going to be more difficult for me. In this image I wasn't sure how I was going to resolve the models right hand. The fingers were in shadow and I had to find a way to make the shape read like a hand and not a stump. The face was also mostly in shadow and I had to decide how much information was necessary and how much I could leave out.

In the color sketch above  I was mostly concerned with how I was going to paint some areas cool alongside warmer colors. Like the cool blue along her temple and some of the dark's being more of a violet color and some more of a mixture of burnt umber, burnt sienna and ultramarine blue. More burnt umber or burnt sienna would make the color warmer and more Ultramarine blue would make it cooler. The end result bellow may not be error free but it went smoother having explored so much in the sketches before I delved into the final painting.



  




5 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for sharing your work and passion. I found you on YouTube a couple of weeks ago or so. I'm 45yrs and finding my passion for art again. Its been a long time, really since my late teens that I have picked a pencil. I really want to become skilled at portraits in pencil and painting, digital and physical tools. I use Sketchbook Pro so I was particularly interested there first and then discovered how excellent your talent is. Keep sharing! Im subscribed to your YouTube channel and this blog. I'm following, watching, learning... God Bless!

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    1. TL good to hear that you are finding your passion again. I can relate in that there were a number of years where I just struggled with finding the drive to paint again, especially amid so many distractions. I am now 49 and still fighting to make the time to do this, but the drive to paint is always there. Thanks for watching and I hope you find joy in your work.

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  2. Thanks G! Btw...given the name of this blog, the implication is that your current occupation isnt in art? Is that correct? If so, have you considered art on a full tkme basis in some capacity? Your work is incredible! Thanks again.

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    1. I have done some illustration, but much of what I have been doing is trying to catch to the years that I put aside my paint brushes.

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