Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Soldiers Study

Soldiers Study




Trying out some different approaches. About 3 hours.  The reference was from Wikimedia.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Portrait Tips





Came across this video a short while back.  It talks about taking good photographic portraiture but the principles hold true for any portrait work. The critiques are great.  Joe McNallys site is here.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Sketches 26


Sketches 26



  Trying to pick this activity back up again - installment 26 with a little gesture time thrown in. 

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Portrait Study 9

 
Portrait Study 9



Have not done any portrait practice for a while.  This one was happened by chance as I just chose  a random file  option on  Wikimedia

File:NRCSHI97005 - Hawaii (2159)(NRCS Photo Gallery).jpg

Monday, July 22, 2013

Baroque Sofa Study

Baroque Sofa Study


Thought I had got the last of these posted but no -one was still lurking.  A study from the speedpaint study group on DA.   Reference from two-ladies-stocks.   

I am fortunate to have 2 monitors to work from.  I usually put ref on 1 and work from the other.   A continuing issue that I kind of ignored was that they were not matched for colour and brightness.  I started Livestreaming and the default monitor for their software is the second monitor.  This has forced me to eventually try and balance them both as best I can.  The reason I mention this is that this was started on Livestream and was a much darker image when I compared to the ref.  I spent some time trying to correct it so this did go over the 2 hours. 

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Sligo Courthouse Study

Sligo Courthouse
Sligo Courthouse


A study of a Sligo courthouse  photograph taken probably in the 1900s.  The building remains as a courthouse and the police station remains across the road as it seems was the case back then judging by the figure in the foreground.  More information about the building is here

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Interior 2




Interior 2



As promised did a longer attempt at an interior. These are hard but I am sure they are good practice. 

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

A Fall

A Fall
After all those interior studies felt the need to break out some curves and unruly lines.
  
This is loosely based on the myth of  Tír na nÓg.  The hero Oisin meets a mysterious woman Niamh of the Golden Hair,  falls in love and returns with her to Tír na nÓg (land of the young).  After a time he gets homesick and Niamh lets him return but warns he must remain on the horse he travels back to Ireland on. When home he learns that 300 years have passed and all those he knew are gone.   He stops to aid some men moving a stone.  While doing this he falls from the horse and instantly ages and dies.  The horse returns to Tír na nÓg.  


Sunday, July 14, 2013

Sketches 25









Cant believe the last set of these was back in April.  Definitely out of practice. 

Friday, July 12, 2013

Landscape -Mountain

Landscape -Mountain
I recently moved to a new job and with that move I moved to a different part of the country.  This is a view outside my window.  Plein air  - kind of,  cos I was still inside.  Took about 90 minutes.  We have had a run of really great weather so there was great visibility.  I am sure I will attempt this many more times so there it is a kind of benchmark.  By the way if anyone is kind of jealous I cropped the view to leave out the two lorry containers that are abandoned - left over from the Celtic Tiger. 

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Applied Interior - sketch

Interior Sketch 
Just a quick sketch - Trying some stuff out.  Hope to put in a more serious effort soon. 

Monday, July 8, 2013

Abandoned place - Speedpaint 4

Abandoned place - Speedpaint 4
Another speedpaint from the DA speedpaint group. The reference was from decay-stock on DA.  This wraps up the interior studies for now.   I started this series without much of a strategy to get any sort of result.  I have tried a few things but for me the most important thing has been to plan the approach - putting in major shapes building up from the background to the foreground.  So with imaginative stuff it will be even more important to have a good idea of where the image is going. Will try and incorporate more interiors to get some practice.  

 


Saturday, July 6, 2013

Abandoned hospital-Interior 3




Abandoned hospital-Interior 3

Though still part of the series of interiors this one was not a speedpaint.  I took some time and tried a couple of approaches to getting the lines.  
The reference was from CyrnicUrbex on DA but he seems to be posting more regularly on facebook

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Old world Interior -speedpaint 3

Old world Interior -speedpaint 3
Keeping the interior studies going  here is another one for the DA speedpaint sketch group.  The reference is from Nickistock.  

I should also add that I have started dipping my toe into Livestreaming. This was one of the first broadcasts (might have suffered for that).   The channel is here and i am listed on Wolkenfels great App.  Come by and say hello. 

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Modern Interior - Speedpaint 2

Modern Interior - Speedpaint 2

 Followed up the last speedpaint of an interior with this 2 hours work.  The reference is courtesy of XLCowBoy and interior design by DRG Design. Sorry DRG Design for mangling it - hopefully folks will check out the reference before judging your fine work. Lost it on the lights.  
Still more of these to come.