Sunday, October 26, 2008

A Painting and Drawing From a Model and Another Self Portrait

To your left is the third painting done in class for figure painting class. This is a three day pose and is 18 by 24 inches. I think this one is working well. My goal was the same goals I have mentioned before, accurate proportion, value, and create a good color balance. The figure is a little small for the painting as there is a lot of empty space, but I do like the figure. I enjoy the color in this one. I think I will put it on my official site.

To your right is the 8th in class drawing from figure studio class. I like the pose. I am still having a hard time completing a drawing in this class, because of the process. Still, I enjoy doing it and fee like I have resolved much of my problems thanks to this class. The one thing I want to work on in this class is to loosen up the figure so the person does not look so stiff.

This last one is a self portrait I have been working on for the last few weeks. It was done for expressive painting class and is 18 x24 inches as well. It is not the most successful one I have done but I do like it. I did this one from a mirror in my studio. I tried to exaggerate the color on the face and keep everything else simplified. I lost the form a bit and need to bring that back some more. I also put some highlights on the shirt to suggest form that I want to remove (to go back to my original idea)

I also did a still life for this class too. I don't care for it because it has no real direction. I switched mid way because I didn't like what I was doing. I started very low key but couldn't get the color I wanted so I switched it up. Instead exaggerating the colors of the actual still life and made them up using an analogous color scheme. There is where I lost interest, I basically didn't push myself in this one. This one is 16 x 20 inches.

Right now I am working on a painting for figure class, that I hopefully can use for my thesis. I am also working on yet another master copy drawing for figure studio.

Ross

Sunday, October 19, 2008

A new Drawing

This is another copy of a black and white photo from the early Hollywood era. This was the one I wanted to do over the Judy drawing I did previously. I just could find a photograph with good enough resolution, this time I did. Don't get me wrong I like that other one too, it just wasn't my first pick.

This time I did things a little different. Instead of copying the image exactly I tried playing around a little to create a little more dramatic image. Because I had somewhat of a limited range on this due to the nature of the assignment I didn't adjust it too much. The main thing I did was widen the value range. I lowered the deepest values and raised the highest ones and tried to relate everything in between.

If you look at the original photograph you will see a hand at the lower right. I thought it was distracting so I removed it from the picture. It looked strange, almost like it belonged to someone else.

Other than that I tried to remain faithful to the photograph, as the assignment required.

Ross

Ross

Monday, October 13, 2008

Todays Work

Today I did two paintings, one for class and another during workshop. The painting to your left is the one I did during the workshop. It is a small one, only 5 x 7 inches. I only wanted to do a portrait in the workshop. This was mainly because I was trying something in my in-class painting today that I wanted to continue to work on and I didn't want to have to think about the whole figure while trying what I wanted to do. I was working on my color. The painting looks a little weird but it was an experiment to see what ways I could push things around a bit.

To the right is my expressive painting class painting. This one is a little larger at 18 x 24 inches. The class assignment was to focus on texture and that is why the panel has lumps and swirls of thick gesso on it. I did try to keep to the assignment, but mainly I was working on my color today. This time I was really just trying to make it up in an orderly way, rather than paint what I see. That is, I was ignoring the color I saw. It was a very warm light with a yellowish hue. I didn't want to paint that, I wanted to try to do something with cool light, as if it were natural light. This is what I came up with. Not really natural, I was trying to develop something that related, light side to dark side, local color desaturated light, etc. I was also working on working thicker with my paint. I did not achieve what I wanted, so I worked on it some more with my study later in the day.

Ross

Monday, October 6, 2008

Two Quick Ones

Here is the first of two paintings I did today. It is the painting I did for expressive painting class today. This is a one day pose (I am thinking that every set up in that class is a one day pose) Today, I set two goals for me to work on.

The first goal was to work on the shadow side more. That is, I wanted to work on getting more color into the shadow side. It was not as easy as I thought it would be because I like to mass in the whole shadow side. This means I have to fight with the paint I laid down to establish my value. I got color in and I am happy with that.

The other thing I want to work on was my brush work, how I handle the paint. This semester I am trying to work on creating brush work that has a certain maturity in its handling. In other words, the brush strokes are planned not random or clumsy.

This is the study I did in the workshop today. I decided to switch gears from class and just paint a portrait capturing as much of what I see as best I could. This is where quick studies class paid off. I massed in everything fairly quickly. I then spent the rest of the session modeling and refining the form. I stayed away from playing with color, mainly because I spent the previous part focusing on that and I was tired. I am happy with the portrait.

I enjoy painting this model, one of my first portrait paintings I did was of him and I can compare to that to see the differences.

Ross

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Friday, October 3, 2008

A New Self Portrait

I did another self portrait today. This one is actually a study for another painting. I was just doing it to figure out some ideas I had for that painting. I am going to do a self portrait for expressive painting class and I was working out my color for this project in this study. I doubt I will use this composition, I took this from a photo of me I use when I paint my own portrait. I have done it enough times for now.

Ross

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Finished a Painting from a Live model

This is the second painting in my figure class this semester. This time around I did something different. I planned out what I was going to do much more then I usually do. I think it made things a little easier for me while painting.

I didn't have to figure out what to do and how to do it at the same time. I just had to figure out how to accomplish what I set out to do.

This was a two day pose.
Ross