Archive for October, 2018

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New Sketch: Lion Statue at Palmyra

October 30, 2018

Surfing the net recently, I came across a photo of the lion statue at the al-Lat temple at Palmyra. I liked how the sun was hitting it on the side, and thought it would make a nice drawing, so I laid down this ink sketch. It’s about 11 x 13″.

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Painting Final: Jerry Reading

October 23, 2018

It’s not 100% finished, but far enough to let it sit for awhile, then do some cleaning up. That right hand in the corner could use a little more work, I think.

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Painting Update 2: Jerry Reading

October 12, 2018
gouache painted figure in progress

Made a little more progress on the new painting. I’ve worked more on his head, arms and shirt. I wasn’t sure how well the white paint would cover on this grey surface, but it did okay.

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Painting Update: Jerry Reading

October 7, 2018

Other chores got me pulled away from the painting for a few days, but I managed to at least work on his face this afternoon. It looks like him, so that’s always a good sign.

I’m liking the rough sketchiness of this so far, so I’m hoping I can keep that without getting carried away with details as I tend to do. I’m losing love for his yellow pillow, however.

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New Painting Started: Jerry Reading

October 1, 2018

I’m starting a new gouache painting of my friend, Jerry, who posed for me awhile back as he caught up on some reading. The surface is surface is 13 x 19 inch gray Binder’s Board.

pencil sketch on newsprint

I began with a rough pencil sketch on newsprint. I then rubbed gray pastel chalk on the back to transfer it to the board, tracing just the outline shapes.

initial painting stage with undertones

I started to set the values on the board using a refill marker from Molotow that was filled with thin burnt sienna acrylic paint (Golden’s High Flow.) I used some thin raw umber acrylic in some areas to get a slightly darker gray value than the gray of the board. This I applied with a brush. On the left you can see where I’ve started in with gouache paint.

This binder’s board is an interesting surface to paint on. It’s about 3mm thick, and very absorbent. I think that there might not be any sort of sizing on it. The paint marker gave a rough dry brush on this that makes it good for loosely blocking in shapes. If I scrub the surface with a stiff wet brush it’ll peel up a bit, but it’s solid grey all through, so that’s not a big problem. No warping from the water, either. I like it.