Monday, June 9, 2008

Its Monday

Last Friday I finished the drawing I was working on for preparation for the head drawing class I have coming up. I am pleased with it, I did get lots of help working on it. Still, I am pleased with the work I put into it . I have started another one. Right now, it is in the very beginning stages. I am just getting the proportions right before I render and model.

I forgot my reference photo today, so I had to change my plans and not work on my portrait drawing today. I decided to work on my understanding and executing of value. I painted over and over a bunch of value charts, basic nine value charts. It was definitely not the most exciting thing to work on but I think it helped me figure out how to make better judgements when comparing value.


Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Some Stuff I Did Over Last Semester

Here is some stuff I did this past semester.

What you are looking at first is a couple of photographs of a copy of a Michelangelo foot sculpture I did for Figure Modeling class. This is one of the few pieces I was able to save from that class. I do have a portrait that I did, I will post that one later. It is life size, roughly a 8 men's shoe size.

This next one is a self portrait I did as a quick study early in the semester, but I liked how it turned out so I worked on it some more right before my midpoint review and at the end of the semester. It is 8 x 10 inches. I entered this one into the spring show, but it didn't get accepted :(

The colors are a little weird but I wasn't going for exact flesh tones, I was trying to be creative with the color and this is what I ended up with.

This painting is my last in class painting I did for my Situation and Environment. I am pretty pleased with it. I learned so much from working on this. With my instructors help I was able to see how some of the old masters approached portraiture and I attempted to do the same. One thing I realize is I have to pay much more attention to the initial drawing. This one is 18 x 24 inches and was a 4 day pose. I think the model was pretty sick of holding that pose by the end of it.

This nest painting was my final homework assignment in Situation and Environment. The assignment was a multi-figure assignment and could be anything we wanted it to be. I want to do something involving nudes since that is what my thesis project is all about. So I did this interior nude scene. My instructor said I had a break through with this painting. Compared to my first homework assignment, I would have to agree with him. I tried to do something more than just copying a photograph of a scene. I wanted to do something with some sort of narrative, create a mood, something to suggest a reason to look at the painting. This is what I came up with. This is my first attempt a shooting and compiling reference photos to meet the needs of my idea. It was tough, I was making up more than I was comfortable doing. My favorite part of this piece is the cool light in one room and the warm light in the other. I think it makes the painting.

This painting is my second homework assignment for Situation and Environment. The figure in the foreground is horrible, I know. I could have done much better. My excuse is I have no idea of what I am doing sometimes :) Really I just didn't pay close enough attention to certain things that are important when painting a figure. The part I like is the back ground with the bus and all that. That part turned out really well. (I put a detail shot up sometime) This part is one of the few exterior, cityscape, landscape paintings that really turned out ok. I did look at other paintings to see how other artists did it. I found that helpful.

This last one is a drawing I am working on right now. I am getting close to finished with it. Right now I am working on the hair. Ugh! So hard to do. What this is a an assignment given to me for a class I will be taking this summer. I was talking to the guy who is teaching the course about what to expect and he got me started early. I was excited to see that. He really was interested in helping me get started, he demonstrated and helped me fix mistakes on the drawing. So far I have learned a lot and class hasn't even started yet.