Archive for January, 2009

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Painting Commission Cancelled

January 28, 2009

Bad news arrived today. A client has decided to cancel a painting I was making for them. Here is a photo of what I have done so far, a casein painting on watercolor paper, about 24 x 18 inches:

Unfinished Painting

Unfinished Painting

My typical contract for such things is to charge 50% upfront, and collect the remainder when it’s finished. Since this client was a friend, I offered a refund minus the cost of materials, but she refused to accept that. Still, it’s a sad affair. I’m not certain if I’ll finish it now, or anytime soon.

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Painting on Drafting Film (Mylar)

January 24, 2009

UPDATE 02.15.2016:
I’ve added a new article to my website that summarizes this post and adds new information. You can read the new article here:
http://dbclemons.weebly.com/drafting-film.html


Single Sheet of Film

Single Sheet of Film

I’ve received some new sheets of drafting film that I had ordered, and wanted to show some samples here of how it can be used as a painting surface. This is a sheet of “double matte” (meaning frosted on both sides) polyester film. There’s another version with a clear glossy surface, but although paint will adhere to that too, it holds better on this etched surface.

Back in the ancient days of my animation career I used the clear type of this film as cels with vinyl paint, and for many years since then have used the frosted type for inks and pencil. Only recently have I begun to use other types of paint on this. Below you can see various paint swatches of gouache and oil. Acrylics and casein work well with it also. I placed a sheet of colored paper beneath them so you can see how transparent it is. You can also paint on the back, of course. Even gouache sticks to this fairly well.

Gouache Sample

Gouache Sample

Oil Paint Sample

Oil Paint Sample

This product is usually called “Mylar” which is a brand name of DuPont’s. This particular sheet is made by Azon called “Herculene.” There are other brands as well, but they’re all basically the same. This whole sheet is 24 x 36″, 4ml thick and cost me <$5.00 per sheet. It also comes in rolls. When I get time I may make a full write-up about it and post it on my website.


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Running the Garden Path: Finished Drawing

January 19, 2009
Final Drawing

Final Drawing

Here’s the final state of the drawing and a couple more closeups. It’s 20 x 25 inches. The surface is Multimedia Artboard which holds up really well for inks and washes.

Tree Detail

Tree Detail

Path Detail

Path Detail

I think I’ve gotten all the inking out of my system for awhile, or at least a few days. I’m certainly going to have to buy another bottle.

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Garden Path Drawing Update 3

January 12, 2009
Drawing Update 3

Drawing Update 3

I’ve made more progress on the drawing. I’m including another closeup, this time showing how I’ve been doing the grass and leaves. I roughly sketch out shapes and then go back and fill them in with lines of different direction and spacing or thickness.

Lower Left Corner

Lower Left Corner

The wash is prepared in three tones of gray. I start with the lighter tones first, then a darker, and fill in with a midtone. The three values keep me from building up with one value and using too much water which might destroy my lines. An alternative method is to lay the wash down first and draw over it, but I think the pen draws better on a surface that hasn’t been wet. That’s less a problem if my drawing is made with a brush or marker.

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Garden Path Drawing Update 2

January 5, 2009
Drawing Update 2

Drawing Update 2

Runner Closeup

Runner Closeup

I’m a little further along now. I drew more of the top area, but all those leaves were beginning to get to me, so I moved down to the bottom and drew in the runner with some of the background around him. I haven’t laid down the wash tone yet for that area so this closeup will give you a better view of how the lines look by themselves.

Whew! I’m beginning to know what it feels like to scrub a floor with a toothbrush.

You’ll notice that the lines change direction quite a bit. This helps separate the forms. The value can be changed by the thickness of the lines as well as their density and hatch patterns. The wash lets me control the values more, especially in the lighter areas.

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Garden Path Drawing Update

January 2, 2009
Drawing Update

Drawing Update

Here’s the latest state of the ink drawing “Running the Garden Path.” I finally made it to the other side of the page, 20″ wide. All this scribbling is slow going. It’s about 1/3 of the page. It probably looks more detailed than it truly is, at least when shown at this size.