Thursday, December 8, 2011

Spartan Warrior - Day 2

I got a late start today, and then could only work in 1 to 1 1/2 hour spurts, with 1/2 breaks. Still, I pretty much got the face and headpiece done, the the arm worked out. This makes me want to spend time learning to paint faces and the figure. I approached the metallic surface with a very loose and intuitive method. That was fun, and again, it makes me want to spend more time learning techniques.


Elaine Mari, Painter and Drawer said...

Impressive, Worked out good with the face and all. I know what you mean by figuring out the foreshortening in step one. I just spent a good part of a day tearing my hair out because I just did not draw that dog's face at the right angle and refused to see how it was wrong. I finally broke down and did a grid drawing. Hate doing that.

BTW I'm painting a big old lump of a black lab mix from a terrible photo but (except for the hair tearing) I'm enjoying working this way (realistic commissioned portrait) again for a bit.

Carla said...

I think animals are very hard to paint, with all that fur hiding the form. My line in the sand used to be teddy bears. I told myself, if anyone requests teddy bears, I'll say no. The request rolled in, I said what the heck and did it. It was actually very fun to do, because I didn't have to worry about the usually issues, I just painted this vague form with a bunch of hair on it.

I don't like to get too tight and literal with representational work, but I think I have to recognise the areas that do need for me to slow down, be patient, and get the drawing right. That should probably be dictated by the project needs and not my current mood.

Elaine Mari, Painter and Drawer said...

I may be a bit naive about how hard it should be, but I just do it and try not, as you say, to get bogged down in the realism. They seem to turn out pretty well so far and the customers see them as "just like little bozo the dog" though I feel like I still have a lot to learn I like it but I have had great clients so far.

I would like to loosen up more. I've done that to my satisfaction painting my own dog, but have trouble when it is for someone else, because I know there is an expectation of realism. This is very new for me and I'm sure it will get better with time.

In art school I painted a diptych 4' x 12' with a teddy bear exactly in the middle of the composition where the two pieces met. It was displayed with the two panels separated by a few inches on the wall. It was an exercise in painting texture and the bear was sitting in the middle of a lot of fabric pieces. It was dubbed the schizophrenic teddy bear. A woman bought it for her niece's bedroom, I was flabbergasted and feared for the child's psyche.