July 25, 2020 at 5:51 pm #643502July 25, 2020 at 6:58 pm #643547Ian ColtmanParticipant
That face is pretty cool! The palette looks very Zorn right now… is that on purpose?
I’d encourage you to get some of that tone distributed around the rest of the page… though that head is starting to outgrow the body a little bit as drawn… standard proportions call for three head units from chin to the sacrum.July 25, 2020 at 7:54 pm #643620
Hi Bryan. I really love this so far. There’s something about it which is just really great. I agree with Ian that you’re not going to fit the whole torso in, in proportion, but if you can just do a bust, you’ll fit it in and it will look amazing!July 26, 2020 at 5:29 am #643987
Thanks Ian and Deborah 🙂 Yeah, the head ended up getting quite a bit bigger than the original drawing, mostly out of frustration working with the pastels and trying to fit in the details. I’ll remeasure and try to fix the torso.
Ian: Yeah, it is pretty much a Zorn painting. I was looking at Sargent and trying to copy his color choices a bit. It appeared to me that he mostly used raw umber for the shadows and yellow ochre mixed with white for the forehead with a little cadmium red on the cheeks. I added a bit of green and gray in a couple places (I forget the specific colors of pastels for those). The background is pretty complicated to get right with the oil pastels. I’m still trying to figure out which colors to use to get it close in the lighter parts. I would have done more last night, but decided to stop after the head because it was aggravating.July 26, 2020 at 4:39 pm #644598July 27, 2020 at 3:05 pm #645965July 28, 2020 at 6:46 pm #647435July 29, 2020 at 3:04 am #647782
Yes, you are 🙂. As a two value system, your painting reads well. Can you ‘dry’ the underpainting in the app before going over it or does the top layer blend into it?
I can’t believe you’ve only got a week left of the challenge! How do you feel about that?July 29, 2020 at 3:50 am #647855
Thanks Deborah. Yes, I can put a new layer on top of this so it won’t blend. I’m going to try this green “verdaccio” underpainting technique in my paintings as well. Yeah, I’m glad I’m almost done in a way because I feel I need a little time to plan and research what to do next without the pressure to make a new work of art each day. On the other hand, this challenge has helped me immensely, so I’m going to sign up for another one as soon as I’m ready 🙂.July 29, 2020 at 6:10 pm #648563July 30, 2020 at 6:30 pm #649796July 31, 2020 at 2:55 am #650197
I’m glad you’ve found the challenge helpful. I’d like to do another one also before too long as I’m finding the accountability of posting daily really helpful. I agree though – having a breather to think things through isn’t a bad idea. I still have a couple of weeks to go, so I’ll be cheering you on to the finish! I’ve learnt a lot from watching your work. Thank you 🙂July 31, 2020 at 5:05 am #650310
Thanks Deborah. I’ve learned a lot from your work as well 🙂July 31, 2020 at 5:43 pm #651387August 1, 2020 at 4:12 pm #652583