Saturday, March 31, 2018

Amazing Illustration by J. C. Leyendecker




I have this fantasy that one day I would be able to afford to purchase paintings done by my heroes. One painting that would be top on my list is this illustration by the Golden Age Illustrator J.C. Leyendecker.

I think I first saw this amazing illustration when I was a student at the High School of Art and Design in New York City.

At the time the only really good source for his illustrations was an out of print book by  Michael Schau. Luckily I came across said book at the Strand Bookstore in N.Y.C. as a student.


What amazed me right off is that not a single brush stroke is wasted. It seemed as  though each stroke was carefully placed and all of them were put down with a purpose as if they belong right in the space that they occupy and they either enhance or held the painting together. To add to this the whole thing seemed to be done with little effort as if he just dashed these strokes on the canvas.

Now I know from reading about his methods and also from the many sketch canvases that he has left behind that a lot of preparatory work went into each illustration but the end result seemed effortless as can be seen from the close up on the right.

I first saw this painting as a High School student and every time I've looked at it since then I still feel the same sense of amazement over the artists skill.

 

Friday, March 30, 2018

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Developing A Painting From Chaos To Order



I worked on these painting recently as an exercise in developing the painting working from chaos to order.
There was always some direction I was going in from the outset so there was some sense of order from the beginning but in a very general way.

The videos I posted helped explain the process and my thinking.

The male portrait was sped up and is of course shorter. The painting of the female is taped in real time so the explanation is longer and more detailed but each video is done with the same approach.





Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Drawing the Head









My son came to me again and asked me to show him how to draw. Now, he likes manga artist, something I'm not really in to but I do encourage him to draw the things he enjoys.

Then again he asked me specifically about realistic anatomy. He also asked me where should he start. I started him on proportions and the breaking down the human body into the three masses of the head, torso and pelvis. I showed him about the line of action that comes from the spine and I showed him my understanding of the head and how to break that down. He enjoyed that last part and so did I.





I'm familiar with the Riley method but that was not what I was trying to do with the drawing on the right. I've seen many drawings similar to this when I was a student (which may have been drawings by people recommending the Riley method or drawings breaking down the plains of the head) and since then I've tried to repeat what I saw from memory. It's just a way of breaking the shapes down  and understanding where to place everything. I don't doubt that one would learn more by imitating the Riley method. This is just fun for me to do and sort of making it up as I go along.

I created a video on my YouTube channel where I demonstrated what I showed my son. It is posted bellow.







Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Portrait Sketch Video On YouTube




My most resent post on my YouTube channel.
Done in AutoDesk Sketchbook (formally Sketchbook Pro). The video is posted below.

In the video I give an invite to look over at my new Digital Sketching channel. The link to that channel is here.






Saturday, March 10, 2018

Coloring A Greyscale Image Using Overlay Blend Mode


I demonstrated how I painted the above painting in Sketchbook (formally Sketchbook Pro) in two videos posted on my YouTube channel Digital Sketching.

I first did the gray scale painting on the left then using the color editor I applied the colors in overlay and normal blend modes.

Here are my videos demonstrating the process...


Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Digital Sketchbook- My New YouTube Channel



I added a new YouTube channel. The Digital Sketchbook is a channel where I will share my digital sketches done in real time, unedited.

I thought that this would be a great idea because I can spend a few minutes of sketching and record what I do. I will keep it as short as possible and record the audio as I'm working so that pretty much it would be like a demo.

Below is the first video on my new channel. If you like what you see and have a YouTube account subscribe to my channel. I will posting regularly.


Painting A Pastel Self Portrait In Rebelle











This self portrait was an exercise in controlling my values. I feel that my digital paintings come out too high key. What I did in this painting was to employ a method in which I painted a grisaille under painting and applied layers of color on top of it.

I demonstrate this in the video below taken from my YouTube channel.

I think I did more than a little bit of rambling on  the audio but I believe I managed to stick to the topic.