Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Monday, May 28, 2012
This is how these acrylic paintings start. with a quick blocking in. i do the drawings on a small scale and then blow them up in the copier and use matte medium to stick it to illustration board or masonite and then just block the major shapes in. after I've figured out the shapes and tones and shadows, i'll start painting.
Saturday, May 26, 2012
the met has a pretty interesting show on the Stein family and their collection of art. Check it out.
Ok, on to the drawing.
This is a drawing of Gerard de Lairesse, from the Rembrandt painting. For years this painting was hanging in the first floor in the darkly lit recreated aristocratic homes.
It is finally hanging with the rest of the Rembrandts now.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Saturday, May 19, 2012
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Sunday, May 13, 2012
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
When I draw portraits I intentionally start with an exaggerated sketch of the model. Exaggerated to the point where I can continue the path and make it a caricature or naturally swing to a straight portrait. I say naturally because I find that if I don't exaggerate in the beginning, that is figuring out which parts of the face really stick out, the portrait will be dull. Sure you might recognize the person but it won't feel like him\her. Drawing is a series of self correction and constant examination. I could draw pictures that "looked" like they people they were suppose to look like by age 10, but it wasn't till many years later that I felt they could be called portraits. This is not to say I am now a master portraiture artist, I still struggle mightily. I find that if I just tried to copy what I see exactly, the final product would suffer. This is why I like pushing the features and engaging the model (if working from life).