Saturday, February 26, 2011

Week 3

Week 3 of painting with Nameer is all about layers and a different palette of complimentary colours. Using assorted leaves (Nameer pinched from someones garden) as a reference and following deliberate steps, we attempt to establish a background, mid and foreground with only colour and shape.
This one started out horizontal but seemed to work better standing up.

Painting Homework

Using the same pallete of colours from week 2, I had a go at painting something that looked like something, rather than just random daubs of paint. For reference I used a drawing of a glass I made last semester. At a distance, it looks alright.
Best of all, I like the background. I was trying to blend a strong contrast of orange in the foreground up to a murky blue/green/grey. I used many layers, watery orange, light blue, thick green and gel coats. I think it worked pretty well.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Keep up the Drawing

Just checked out a blog by illustrator James Oses. His drafting and proportion are crisp yet his drawings are fluid and energetic. I was inspired to make a quick sketch of the facilities here at the house of monkeys. Though I do regret putting a wet brush on it now.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Complimentary Colour

This week, Nameer had us mix complimentary colours into a colour chart and as we made each colour, add it in random daubs to a sketch of the room we'd set up earlier. My mixing was pretty inconsisitent and my painting of the room was equally messy.

Nameer avoids any physical demonstration of the exercises he sets and the vagaries of language combined with differing experience, ensures results varied widely throughout the room. Perhaps this is his goal, encouraging each individual to make their own interpretation. It turned out kind of OK in the end. Another good night.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Painting 1 Week 1

Last night was my first class back at BIA. This semester I'm doing painting 1 with Nameer Davis. The exercise for the session was "Drawing with Paint". Each student took a turn posing for the class and with only five minutes for each sitting, the focus was on capturing form rather than detail. From a limited pallet, we were encouraged to use different paint consistencies, different brushes and different techniques. The time passed quickly and I think we all had a lot of fun.