Saturday, December 17, 2011
This was a really quick light study I did last night while watching "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" with my girlfriend Angela. I did it over an old color comp, 8"x10" on masonite. I'd been wanting to paint the neat little ceramic skulls Ang bought for me last Halloween, so I covered my desk lamp with yellow felt and gave it a shot. This most likely will not be the last color sketch I put up with these little guys.Though the light side of the skull looks like a cold yellow green, I used only Cadmium yellow and white. The old painting underneath was a mostly green composition, and my thin painting allowed the colors underneath to show through, creating the glowing green effect. It was also quite an adventure trying to mix correct colors in a relatively dark room, my main light being bright yellow. Good practice, though SPpOOooooooooOOKKY!
Thursday, December 15, 2011
The final project in Bob Barrett's oil painting class was to create an image with at least one figure, somehow interrupted by another element of the composition, based off of the Golden Mean and executed with a split complimentary pallet. After much hemming and hawing, I came up with this idea. I really love old mens' adventure magazine illustration, so I went into this with the conceptual and technical spirit of Joe Bowler and Basil Gogos. My buddies Charlie and Ian were nice enough to be my models, and props from the BYU production of "The Elephant Man" provided scenery. The color and quality of the top image (of the finished painting) leave a bit to be desired, but I had to turn the painting in this morning, so I'll replace it with something a little more true to the painting as soon as possible. The bottom three images are all 8"x10", with the final piece at roughly 17"x25". I trimmed a little off the right edge in the final composition, as well as trading in a new head and dropping some detail out of the guard for the sake of atmospheric perspective. Good end to the semester.