Trying to find a standard size to practice these oil on canvass board portraits.
This is 5×7″ and I think its too small, just the size of the canvas weave looks huge.
I am going to try 8×10″ next for head and shoulders like this one. That will make the head about 5″. This one is about 3″.
Oil Painting Demo from a live model. 18×24″ Canvas
- Final 3.5 Hrs
- Day One 2.5 Hrs (sorry about the glare)
Venetian Red and White Pastel on Toned Canson Paper 9×12″
Fast lines or plane lines. These lines which escape the subject and go into the ground of the drawing do some interesting work for you.
I didn’t invent this technique, but I was not taught it either. I observed it in auto concept drawings. It seemed like it was a way to accentuate a gentle curve and also to establish a plane in a 2-D rendering. They work well in instances like this model’s hat, to help suggest it is foreshortened, round and flat. It also helps establish that the lines on a given curved surface represent an edge of an object.
Canson toned grey paper 9×12 and 2B Graphite Pencil Layout :25min, 1 sitting.
Rembrandt soft pastels over layout, 1:25 min, 3 sittings.
Scan and Digital touch up with PS 5 , :45 min
At the Art League Tuesday Night 8-23-16
I understand that Rodin once told the poet Ranier Maria Rilke when he was feeling low, “If you are depressed, go to the Zoo!”
I have been a bit under the weather lately but spring is coming, I have a new Graphic Novel Project and things are looking up.
What I am shooting for is a look like the figure is emerging from shadow, as if emerging from tannic swamp water. No meaning just academic figure work rising from the depth.
This latest test is from a Sunday session with Rembrandt chalk pastels and conte black on toned Canson paper. Then in photoshop painting an oily wet brushy over the highlights and then burn tool the shadows about 70% opacity. I’m pretty happy with the results. I want to get a system going with real paint soon.
Tipping the indicated high lights in photo shop after scanning. I am not getting lead poisoning like the old-timers did when they came back in with a flake white brush and tipped the point with their tongue.
Just to continue to try and lay in color, ANY COLOR as long as the goal value is correct, into the topography. Short poses, 3 min, 15 min face, 30 min body.
9 x 12″ conte and pastel on paper.
If I could get to the modeling I need with just the line work I would stick with that because I like my line quality. However I am not able to to get the figure to emerge from the nothingness without color. I want it to look like the the form is under water.
I am glad its not so cold here yet, but it is getting cold. Going up to Virginia for Thanksgiving and I hope to see some snow.