“Don’t bother about whether or not you have it [talent]. Just assume that you do, and then forget about it. Talent is a word we use after someone has become accomplished. There is no way to detect it before the fact … or to predict when or if mastery will click into place.”
Today, I am posting my oil painting grisaille study of Cornelis van der Geest, by Anthony Van Dyck. This has been a three week study. I don’t consider it a successful study, meaning that I am not satisfied with the results I am seeing. I am going to shelve it for awhile. To be honest, I feel I am slowly ruining the study: my values are shifting all over the place with each pass that I do and I am slowly loosing the likeness as well. So, it makes sense to walk away from it for awhile and return to it with “fresh eyes”.
My process is very standard. I do a drawing first on the panel, then I seal with a mixture of 50/50 Dammar Varnish and Odorless Mineral Spirits(OMS) with a hint of burnt umber to create a wash. I let lit dry for about a day.
Here is my initial drawing using a graphite pencil. I try to keep the drawing loose and to include only the essential marks that will help me with the underpainting. Sometimes, I tend to include too much detail which eventually get obliterated when I start painting. Do not spend too much time in the drawing phase, especially for just doing an oil painting study. If you are just starting with oil painting, the goal is to get comfortable with medium and learning various brush handling techniques.
I sealed the drawing and did a light wash of burnt umber. Some of my initial drawing was lost in this process, which is okay because I can find the forms again during the underpainting. You still have to draw, even if you are painting! Your ability to draw is essential.
This is my first pass. I am loose with the values. At this point, I am just establishing the relative values I see at first glance so to speak, they are not accurate. I am also doing some form modeling, establishing my lights, darks, and halftones. Regaining the forms that I lost during the umber wash. I am using a 2 to 1 mixutre of OMS and linseed oil (lean medium) to thin the paint.
I believe this was my second pass. Here I am refining my forms, and doing my best to accurately depict my values. In addition, I am using a mixture of 2 to 1 mixture of linseed oil and stand oil (fat medium).
That’s it so far. Stay tuned for another study, this time it will be Gustave Courbet, The Desperate Man, 1844-45
Greetings everyone! The purpose of this study was to get familiar with oils, understanding its nuances. I did not do any preparatory drawing, just took my brush and burnt umber and started sketching. Earth pigments tends to dry fairly quickly, and Burnt Umber is no exception. By the next day I was ready start another layer of painting. Since this was a short study, I did only two layers, thinly. My goal is to post more of my burnt umber underpaintings. Any feedback/comments/ suggestions are appreciated. Until next time, then.
Greetings everyone! Today’s post is a portrait that I have been working on and off for the last two months. It is still in its early stages, and I am hoping to complete it soon. The reference is from Croquis Cafe photos archive. The photos are free and according to them, you can “[d]ownload them, draw from them, repost them, do with these photos as you will”. Their only caveat is that you keep their Croquis Cafe Logo in place. Sweet!!
By the way, I am not affiliated with Croquis Cafe whatsoever. They are amazing, because they have such liberal usage rights when it comes to their photos! That is a rare thing my friends! Have a great weekend!
Greetings everyone! I hope everyone is in good health and is having a great week. Today’s drawing was all about taking the figure from gesture to semi-finished drawing. Also working on my ability to draw and talk at the same time. Believe it or not it is quite difficult to do both. I have decided to start posting short clips of my self in the studio; just another means to hold myself accountable and to share what I love doing.
Greetings everyone! I hope everyone is enjoying the Fall season. Here is a figure sketch demo that I did in graphite pencil. This was a loosely drawn sketch. I started out the gesture using the scribble technique. Focusing on negative shapes (between her torso and right arm, between her legs) to helped me to determine correct proportions. This was a very challenging pose to draw, given the contortions of the model body.