Thursday, November 28, 2013

Sketches 31

Sketches 31

Some more Avatar sketches. About 40 minutes in.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Spitpaints- fishing- red thunder - librarian


Red thunder

Some more spitpaints.  That red thunder -dear o dear. 

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Making Stuff

Making Stuff

After doing the Vermeer masters study I went about applying it.  Maybe a bit literal, but its done now.  Didn't want to spend too long on it.  Hopefully  some lessons have stuck.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

After Vermeer The Milkmaid

After Vermeer The Milkmaid

Master studies are the theme for the speedpaint group on DA.  This one is Vermeers.  Composition was great and lighting.  Surprised how much work was possible in the 2 hours I spent on this.    As ever master copies on the Web means that copies will shift in colour and light.    Concerns about this painting on the web are discussed here.   The copy I worked from was on the dark side when compared with this one.  On the plus side it meant a lot of detail was hidden which stopped me going in early to detail.  
Livestream is here.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Spitpaints -seige - wildboar


Two more spitpaints from last week. 

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Landing -landscapes


Had a go at some landscapes.   The top one I spent some time on- most of that revisiting portions of it again and again.  The ones below were more sketchy in approach. 

 The one above I knocked out in about 15 -30 minutes  and it remains  my favorite of the bunch.  What does that say?

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Trex spitpaint

Trex spitpaint
I succumbed to the current fad of spitpainting and had a few goes. This one is from yesterday trex.  I guess it might be a good way of getting used to coming up with ideas quickly under pressure and putting things down and developing them quickly to see how they work. To be honest for me I think I would need a lot more experience for it to be of benefit.  But. They are  fun. These have been a good way of tinkering for a short time and producing something. I have been really time poor these past few weeks and this is set to be the case until Christmas.   My PC packed in so I am back on a windows Vista laptop.  Good times.  Cant wait until Christmas when I can make up for this lack of progress.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Sketches 30

Sketches 30

Keeping this going for better or worse. Really saturated pallet.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Beamish Steam Speedpaint

Beamish Steam Speedpaint

Another speedpaint from the DA group.  The reference is courtesy of Random Acts Stock.  Wheels are still killing me on these.  Need to get a strategy.  Observe and conquer. 

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Strategy Agreed

Strategy Agreed
This took quite a while to finish. Lots of stuff to think about and solve.  Not all of it so successfully but I figure if it was hard I must have been learning something.  So on to the next one.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Self Portrait Day 2013

Self Portrait 2013
November 1st rolled around International self portrait day and I had a go again.  I completed a version on the day and posted it on  Truth be told I did it at the end of the day and was exhausted so not my best effort.  I spent a little more time at the weekend to bring it to a more satisfactory state.    Self portraits are tough.

Rembrandt did a number of self portraits through his life.  They have been put together in this video.  The power of his work is in evidence as for me I get a sense of the man who painted each one of these as he experienced a rise and wane in fortunes.  

Friday, November 1, 2013

Gestures 1

Gestures 1
Getting some figure studies in. The references were from  the Croquis Cafe (NSFW).  Takes a while to loosen up and get into these after a long break.