Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Portrait of a Fish 2

Here's another portrait of a fish. I'm pleased that I'm learning something about colour with this program. The last fish portrait went really quickly, finished in three short painting sessions. This one didn't go so smoothly. Apart from drawing it poorly a couple of times (and painting it out again) before I got the features right, I had a yellow green in the background and it just didn't look right. Thanks handy colour wheel for sorting that out.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Portrait of a Fish

After making the squid drawing I'm off on a tangent that has something to do with eyes and sea creatures. I'm also looking for opportunities to work with colours and more abstract shapes. I've got ideas for fish eyes and  another set of lino cut prints. And to get started I have painted this portrait of a fish. I think I'll do a couple more.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Portrait - DJ Tone Broker

As one of my major projects for painting 2 this semester I thought I'd make a portrait of an old friend, DJ Tone Broker. These days Tony lives in France and until recently I hadn't spoken to him for something like twenty years. What a wonder the internet is. I lifted one of his profile pictures from Facebook as a reference for this painting. Though it is large-ish for one of my portraits at 59x43cm it was just meant to be a study so I painted it on paper . Not sure now whether I will paint it again on canvas or just keep working up this one and mount it somehow on board.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Pen and Ink Drawing - Squid Squid Squid

This is another drawing I've been working on to go with the Tortoise and the Car Crash drawings which share the theme "R.I.P. Internal Combustion". I'm calling this one "Not Welcome Here Either".  Truthfully though, the distributor cap looks more like a jellyfish than a squid so no wonder it's not been embraced with open tentacles. 
I visited my friend Heck Tate today so he could photograph all three drawings with his digital SLR. I haven't owned a decent camera since film became redundant so thanks Heck for your time and the loan of a USB stick. He's also thorough, which is a wonderful quality for any man to possess. Ask any woman.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Painting 2 - week 12 - Grisaille and distortion

A couple of exercises this week at school carry on from previous work. Tonal studies of the self portrait and the sculptural object were overpainted with thin glazes of acrylic paint with a gloss medium and water.I think the self portrait is a better likeness with some colour in it.

Tutor, Sally Duhig, demonstrated a couple of other techniques for making a  picture of a face. Cutting up pictures from magazines, dropping the sections of face and drawing them wherever they fell. There were a few upside-down eyes and noses. Another was grid-ing up the photo then distorting the grid in the drawing. Pretty girls still look pretty with big heads and big eyes but I guess we already knew that. Look at any manga comic.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Another Self Portrait

Today in class I painted another self portrait. But not from a photo. This was painted in just over an hour by referencing a small mirror clipped to the easel. I added the glasses and made a couple of little touch-ups later at home. I'm really pleased with it. It totally restores the faith. And the poor quality if the photograph makes it look even better! I'm tempted to paint over it with a dirty yellow glaze in real life.