Monday, April 13, 2015

Mountain Gem #3 WIP: Part Two

Yes, I'm still alive and working. Slowly.

Here's what the piece looked like after finishing the watercolour stages:

And after two hours of coloured pencil work (yeah, it is that long and tedious):

I forgot to take WIP shots for awhile, so unfortunately all I have left to show you is the finished product:

The texture of the coloured pencil foreground really stands out against the watercolour, which is what I was going for. It's nice to have something work out for a change.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Mountain Gem #3 WIP: Part One

Had a couple pieces in a row not work out, so I just dove in to a quick technique piece. The idea is to paint the background negatively, the stems positively, and then the bird and the branch in colored pencil.

After masking in the colored feathers on the bird's head, I laid in the base layer, wet-in-wet:

After, I masked in the rest of the bird and the branch it's sitting on before beginning to paint in the negative spaces.

More negative painting:

Really deepening the darks:

Starting to paint in the stems:

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Snowy WIP: Part Two: the art dump

So I kind of got carried away with this one, but I think it was worth it.

I finally broke down and started throwing some acrylic around on the piece. And I'm glad I did. I think it added a depth that would have been hard to achieve with my watercolours (not that it couldn't be done, but it would be a different kind of aesthetic). Anyway. This is what it looked like after a quick scrubbing in:

Detail shot:

Some work done on the foreground grass:

Some general fiddling around:

Acrylic glazes on the bird:

This painting is finished now. Once I've varnished it, I'll post the finished piece. Stay tuned!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Snowy Owl WIP: Part One

An experiment I've been wanting to try for a long time that I am finally getting up off my ass and doing. Worst that could happen is I ruin a painting, after all (even if the support cost like $30 but whatever. That's what gesso is for).

Started with staining colors (lots of indian yellow and quina gold) applied loosely and dark all over the clayboard.

Once it dried, I used a sponge to wipe off the excess paint (I thought I took a pic of this but apparently I was wrong). Because I used staining colors, the clay underneath was still yellow and almost a flat wash. Then, working in a few layers, I laid in rough, "grass" texture with more staining colors and finally started with the ink. The ink was harder to work with than I remember, but then it's been like five or six years since I've tried the technique. After, I painted in the silhouette of the bird. And then I got to work with my scratch pens. Two hours later, it looked like this:

Then I laid in a few watercolor washes over the owl and sat back to consider what to do next, since I currently hate almost every inch of it.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Finished Piece: Gem #2

Spent a lot of time lost in orchid petals, but it was worth it. The finished piece:

You might notice a weird little notch on the upper-right hand corner. That's the result of someone knocking this piece off the shelf twice in quick, panicked succession, chipping the corner of the clay off. So, despite its success, this painting is likely going to live out its days in my closet. Yay.

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Mountain Gem #2 WIP: Part Two

So I had couple of rather intense painting sessions and I wasn't taking WIP shots, so this is all you get until I upload the finished painting.

Working on a lot of different things all at once. Refining the lights and darks to build form, adjusting local color to get it right, building texture and detail. A great deal of the work I did on the flowers revolved around refining the edges. One of the great things about aquaboard is its superior lifting ability, and I definitely put it to the test with this piece.

Next up: the finished piece!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Mountain Gem #2 WIP: Part One

Another aquaboard piece, 16 by 20. A female of the same species as last time.

Started off by (trying) to get the background to a reasonable state of completion before I started working on the foreground. Viridian green features prominently in all the mixes, along with several different red paints. Knowing the flowers are going to be an eye-searing colors of fushia, I wanted the green tones in the background. Most of the texture you see here is the result of the sponge I used to move some of the paint around.

I tried to keep some pure colors in the background, but it was just too much. So I sponged off the background, leaving subtle greys behind. I also started filling in the local colors of the flowers and bird.

Mostly finished filling in the local colors. Really hated it at this point. Decided to add some more complimentary colors into the background and it really livened things up. Hating it much less.

Detail work on the bird, using a lot of the neutral quina's to keep it bright, and worked on one flower petal. Hating it even a little less.

Lot more to go.