I have been working on a number of things in the last months, but have completely abandoned this site for a while (shame on me!). I figured I would start posting again, starting from the newest piece.
This is an 8 hour-ish master copy after Gil Elvgren. I was trying to study how to render more feminine subject, and incidentally noticed all of his paintings use frontal lighting to accentuate the roundness of the forms. Conte and Wollff’s Carbon charcoal pencils on smooth newsprint.
I came across this interesting website named Draw Paint Academy, run by Dan Scott, which provides many free tutorials on drawing and painting. There is a focus on traditional art methods, guided by practices of the old masters of history.
Some of the top posts are:
A Comprehensive Guide To Color Theory For Artists
10 Landscape Painting Tips Perfect For Beginners
7 Tips For The Self Taught Artist
How Claude Monet Used Haystacks To Demonstrate Light and Color
After 10 weeks, the term is over! Time to wrap it up and see if I learned something. Week 10 (which I did not post here, but you can find on my instagram account: https://www.instagram.com/easelj/) was quite satisfactory, but the test proof was week 11, aka did I really learn something?
I drew the same subject of week 1, Rob, from the exact same angle, and I am quite pleased with the difference:
I cannot post the reference, but what I can say is that I got the height/width proportion a little off, as well as the corners of the mouth a little too low, together with some other little things that I could have seen better.
I still am where I am, my eye needs to develop but I can definitely see an improvement from week 1. What do you think? This class has been worth every cent for me, can’t wait for next term!
Thanks again to Erik Gist (If you want to check out his instagram page, here it is: https://www.instagram.com/erik_m_gist/)for the awesome teaching and precious advice, and congratulations to all of the students who joined the class, both audit and full subscription!
p.s. for more info about the Watts Atelier, the brick&mortar school and/or the livestream classes, you can checkout wattsatelier.com
I skipped posting for a few weeks, but here is my last portrait from Erik’s Class.
Overall quite happy, too bad for the misplaced eye.
Can’t really take the merit for the good part, I got help from “above” 😀
I visited an area named Bungo-Takada city yesterday, and stumbled across a few interesting spots to paint. I ended up spending 1.5 hours near this waterfall, named Harajiri, and even if it’s not particularly large, the light effect of the setting sun behind them was really amazing. Gouache on brown card stock.
My palette: ultramarine blue, yellow ochre, titanium white, burnt sienna, ivory black. I wish I had a cadmium yellow to really push that shrubbery on the right towards the light, but I guess it will be for next time!
Another week, another head drawing. I am kind of happy with this one, as I see the remarks Erik made are putting down roots in my head… no pun intended! 😀
Trying to focus on massing shadow areas, finding a unifying value and varying edge softness. Still far, but I can sense a little improvement!
I am taking a head drawing class with Erik Gist (who is also my mentor, actually), and I am really excited about it!
Each week’s class is packed with great info, and the quality is just unparalleled. I still need to work on some edges, but I feel like I am slowly progressing and breaking the plateau.
I also get weekly critiques and video traceovers, which are an amazing tool for learning and clearly visualizing weak areas to focus on.
This one was about 2 hours!
A series of quick sketches from the last life drawing session.
After the model kept insisting on the absolutely irrelevant poses (like the middle one, on the left) I decided it was time to (kindly) ask her to do something a little more dynamic, and she grabbed a chair. Next will be having a better lighting! Getting there little by little.
This is my entry for the Skill Building Challenge 25 at the Watts Atelier of the Arts, and the last month of the yearly Master Skill Building Challenge.
The subject was supposed to be something we are really looking forward to be doing in our career, and that would have been fantasy illustration for me. However, I felt like I did not have the necessary skills to compete yet, so I chose to portray my parents. Here follows the reference I used
After six long months, I feel like I did improve my skills a little bit, hopefully sign of an ascending path from now on.
Time to get back to the program, phew!
P.S. As a side note, I won the honorable mention 😀 http://www.wattsatelier.com/cycle-24-and-25-skill-building-challenge-winners-announced/
I found this nice little corner today, while visiting Vezio Castle near Como Lake, and decided to have a take at it in gouache.
I really liked the stone wall, although I had to simplify it down a lot to avoid cluttering the scene with too many shapes.
Overall, I am quite happy with it.
Here are a few shots of the process