Wednesday, April 21, 2010

quick and dirty tutorial

I'm doing a two-day workshop in May, and I'd like to post a little demo of my process for the people in my class. I'm sticking to a simple subject in this demonstration, but we'll do something a little more involved in the workshop.

Here are a couple of pears ( or, a pair of pears, I guess) that I played around with on my table and arranged for my drawing.

still life

I typically use Wolff's Carbon Pencils for drawing just about everything. They are super black and they handle really nicely relative to a General's ( which I also use, but they're a little more crumbly... for me).

wolff's carbon pencil sketch

I'm using a gessoed panel ( from my pals at ) that I made an oak edge banding for. I like these with a thicker band for a couple of reasons: they are easy to handle when you paint ( as opposed to a regular panel), they are ready to hang, and... if you dare... they can sit on a mantle or a bookshelf.

8" x 8" board with oak banding

I loosely sketch my composition and then I'll glaze an earth tone with a little turpentine ( or mineral spirits). This will give me a nice "tooth" to start my Grisaille monochromatic underpainting.

sketch of pears

My next post will show the progression of the underpainting and balancing tones for the glazes of color

Oh, yeah, I almost forgot. There are times when I find inspiration for painting through the carefully crafted work of others. The subtle nuanced layers of certain films inspire me to reach higher and push my medium as far as I can. This "film" is one such example:

Hey, is it me, or does Ed Lauter got some kind of neck-thing going on here? Pin It Now!