Here’s one of the paintings I made for the Big 500 art show I mentioned last week. Thought I’d include a few process pics too.
I love looking at process images. I confess that I never read the descriptions of the process when artists include them. I just like to look at the pictures for inspiration and see just how much a painting can change from beginning to end. I enjoy seeing how painters (especially acrylic painters) handle the awkward phase of the painting, work through it and make it a success. I suppose I don’t read descriptions because when I’m painting I like to sort of my own problems. Part of what makes painting fun is working through some muddle I’ve gotten myself into.
When you look at artist’s Do you like to read about the process or do the photos stand alone?
For days 16 and 17 I worked more on this drawing that I adapted from this self-portrait by Dominic Perry. I’ll call it finished. Here is a mini-gallery so that you can see the progression of the picture.
First there is the rough pencil sketch, then the initial inking, erasing of the pencil marks, and a light wash to shape things. The next day I applied washes to build the tones, shape the face, and add shadows to the shirt. On the final day I added more hair to the right side to round out the skull. After that, I worked more on his shirt and face.
So that completes my WIP. I love watching people’s work in stages so I tried it myself. Hope you found it interesting.
Now on to Day 18! I have a stack of artist trading cards to do…
Yesterday I got out my neglected watercolor moleskine book and set out to do a project just for myself. Back in February I was looking through photos on Flickr and came across this self-portrait by Dominic Perry . He gave me permission to use the photo as a reference. I told him that I was primarily interested in the hair and eyes and that I would most likely change the pose.
I finally got around to working on the drawing yesterday. I’m not sure if I want to do this as a painting, or just an ink and wash drawing. I’m pleased with this initial rough sketch. In the photograph the subject has, in my opinion, a rather defiant and cocky expression. As I sketched and kind of searched about for what I would do, I decided to try to make my character a bit world-weary and defeated. Michael says he looks like someone who’s been waiting at the airport too long. I suppose that I could call it Stand-by.
I’ll see how this goes. I’ll post my progress. I just hope it doesn’t end up a disaster.