… At least until Monday. I’ll be headed down to ACEN. I’m thinking that I’m going to try and do some life painting, if I can find some time to stand around for awhile. If you see someone (not in artist alley) standing behind an easel, it might just be me. I don’t know though, I might just lug along a sketchbook. It would be a bit easier, but I still don’t know where my portable water color kit went.
I think that I’ve got the value work done. I’m kind of trying to figure out if I want to try and tighten up the details in acrylic, or just work them out in oil. I should be able to start oil painting tomorrow night. I’ve been waiting for a few clear nights so that I can work on it without distraction. When I was working on the steampunk girl study, I found out that my oil paints + Liquin medium last about three days in a sealed palette. I know that I can extend this by putting them in the fridge and mixing in retarders instead of Liquin, but I don’t know if that’s the route I want to take yet. I don’t know if I’ve got enough patience to wait weeks for a painting to dry.
This is the painted version of the blue digital painting, and the continuation of the sketch that I’d posted a few weeks ago. I took the sketch, blew it up, printed it off of my laser printer and glued it to this piece of Masonite using matte medium. I’d started to work values over the top of all of that with some acrylics. I like working the acrylics over the top of a sketch to force myself to refine values and shapes that I didn’t have to with a pen.
I’d added a bit more since this image, but I’m waiting to upload newer images till later. Just found an interesting post about IFTTT tags. I’d never heard of them before, but I’d always kind of suspected that there was something out there like them. Like, there was a whole in the social media world – somehow people were posting to tons of sites and services all at once – seemingly seamlessly. Anyway. I have to re-mix my value palette if I’m going to continue this, but I think that I might just wait until tomorrow to tackle the buildings.
Slow updates because I’ve been painting with oils and acrylics. I’ll post a few progress shots as soon as I get a chance. C2E2 tomorrow!
More sketches. Playing with shape analysis.
I’m trying to get used to working with Munsell’s color space. Munsell color space provides a pretty easy way to identify colors and think about them, but the illustrator Frank Reilly was the one who figured out a way of logically organizing a palette to make the best of Munsell’s discovery. Reilly’s palette makes it very easy to make controlled moves through color space to end up at the exact color you need. And with all of these great things – I create a nearly monochrome sketch… Anyway, it’s just an attempt to play with the idea. If the palette works, I’ll explain it in more depth later.
Here’s the updated version of the previous sketch. Now, to print this and figure out how to get it to stick to 11×17 Masonite.
A little while ago I was brainstorming ideas for illustrations. I thought that it might be fun to make some illustrations for classic books. I never really got around to working on them, but the idea for a War of the Words sketch kind of stuck with me. As I’ve been meaning to post more sketch work here, this one’s from today.
Most of these images were made over the last year or so. I’ve been studying painting instead of comics for a little while. Usually, I start with an acrylic sketch, which I then paint over in either water soluble oil paints or regular oil paints. The people studies were done from images, but the landscape studies were done from life.