I have a few days off this week, but the work doesn’t stop.
I spent most of the day working on this study for a larger painting that I want to do. I thought that I would practice the technique I learned in a painting class I took in the spring, where you set up the painting by over-exaggerating the colors in light and shadow and then paint your way out of it. The instructor called it a color study. I think the whole point is for me to achieve colors that look like actual skintones by the end of the painting, but so far when I’ve tried the technique I keep ending up with these rainbow tones. Doesn’t look bad though! But for the big one, I think I’m going to try to push the colors a bit further so I’ll end up with some colors that look a little less saturated and more like some skintones.
Here’s the progression:
This was a picture I took with the camera on my phone (forgive me) one night when I was up really late and bored. Later I thought that it would be cool for a painting. I took it into photoshop and adjusted the image to improve the color information.
Used a mixture of burnt sienna, black, and white diluted with turpenoid to lay out a relatively flat oil sketch. Decided to omit the hand for this small version. I don’t know why I did all those random values and details, they were just going to get covered up. lol
I exaggerated the color of the light and shadow areas, this helps to bring some luminescence to the painting. Sometimes this is the scary part!
Continued to lay down colors where I thought I was seeing them in the photo. I had to do some of my own modifications to maintain some dimension and visual interest to the form.
I feel pretty good about this study. I was nervous about overworking it, so I just came to a safe stopping point and took note of areas that I thought were too red, too light, etc. This will be a good reference for when I go to make the official version!
Anyone try this particular color study technique before? Feel free to leave feedback!
Day 3 was a really tough one for me and the beginning of Day 4 was no different! I was struuuuuggling! But, fortunately I was able to get some help and attention from the instructors and I started to feel a little bit better about what I was doing. Honestly, I’m still not completely happy with this study but I DO think that I’m in a better spot than yesterday. Check out the pics:
Now it’s starting to get difficult.
I became really frustrated today while I was working on this study. I must’ve been having an off day or something, I don’t know, but it seemed like nothing I did looked right. Plus I think I’ve fallen behind too…everyone else in the class seems to have their paintings much more developed by the end of the day. My study doesn’t look terrible, I guess, but today I just couldn’t help feeling incompetent! Anyway, hoping that I’ll be able to work it out in the next class! Here are the couple of pics I was able to take:
The exercises from day 1 weren’t worth photographing, but day 2 marked the beginning of the long pose that we’re going to work on the the rest of the week. Here is the progression of my study on the first go ’round:
I had to make some tweaks to the torso shape and the shoulders, then move the feet over a tad bit to readjust the weight distribution. The day ended with just a general blocking in of the light and shadow shapes, although unfortunately my light value ended up being too light. It’s not the worst thing though, I still have a chance to paint my way out of that!
I did a quick study of an apple last night. Nothing too deep about it, I just felt the need to complete SOMEthing. Going to try to do a new painting tonight too! Stay tuned…
So last week I left off at with an oil sketch in brown of the next pose in class. Today we continued on, and I added color to it. The color combinations of the skintones may look strange, but trust me I’m on the right track. haha…This technique is so new to me, but with this painting I think that I’m starting to grasp it better. Already I can see how my handling of the paint, and of color, is getting fine-tuned! Excited to see how this painting is going to turn out! Here are some photos showing the progression:
This was where I started today.
Added a Cadmium Red Light+White mixture for the skin in light.
Filled the skin in shadow with a Dioxzinine Purple+white mixture, then began adding other colors I saw in the skintone to show the planes in the form. (or tried to do that at least! haha)
This is where I ended class today. Deepened the colors and continued trying to show the turns and planes in the form. Hopefully I can keep it up for next week!