Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Week #16

Sometimes you don't notice discrepancies until you see things in a different context. This is one of those cases where I had scanned this painting at an odd color setting which boosted the saturation and contrast of the shapes. It looked much better than what you see here, so I'll likely take this home and rework it to give it more punch. I'll also clean up the line where the white is lost.

Now with more contrast in the shadows and the wires which I'd forgotten to add.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Week #15

Every Friday donuts are left in our kitchen at work. I figured this one would be the last to go, since, ironically, it's the least nutritious. But what about a donut is nutritious?

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Week #13

I liked the idea of doing a very limited value, monochromatic study, so I tried it using a lot of wet into wet, especially on the trees.

Then Paul suggested that their branches felt a little overwrought, and we talked about doing more of a quick hit to define the overall shape of the tree, and only indicating the branches with small gestures.

Ironically, though I like the little practice sketch above, I really don't like how the trees came out in this last image. Arggh...they're not light feeling at all. I do, however, like the drybrush effect of the sky in the background.
I also used a different type of paper which is much yellower and much more porous. Rather than sinking into the crevices this paper just grabs the paint, almost like a sponge and soaked it up.
I may try this painting again later in the year. I'm still fighting the urge to get detailed.