Posts Tagged ‘people’

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Painting Update 4: Jan Sunning on the Grass

May 25, 2017

I’ve now got her figure mostly painted, liking how her hair turned out. I had pictured her skirt being very flat, as I’ve made it, but now I’m wondering if it needs a little more lighter modeling around her thigh. I think I’ll move on to the beach towel anyway as I give that some thought.

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Painting Update 3: Jan Sunning on the Grass

May 20, 2017

Just a little more to show on her figure. I wasn’t happy with her skin tone looking too pink, so I repainted some areas with a thin glaze of raw sienna. I think it’s back on track now.

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Painting Update 2: Jan Sunning on the Grass

May 15, 2017

Making a little progress on the figure of Jan. I’ve got her head and back mostly done, with her hair loosely roughed in. The brush strokes on her face needs some smoothing out, but I’ll get to that later.

I wound up not needing to do any scratching through the paint as I anticipated on this surface, but I like the feel of it anyway. The thin coat of plaster takes the paint really well.

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Painting Update: Jan Sunning on the Grass

May 11, 2017

Now I’ve got the grass “planted.” I mixed up a neutral red violet wash for the undertone of that area, and used a Winsor & Newton brilliant green and a titanium white I made for the grass. I’ll probably go back later and add more color variation, perhaps touches of yellow green, but I want to get the rest of the surface painted first. I want the figure and beach towel to remain brighter, so I don’t think I need to do an undertone for that, but will do some more testing on scrap paper to be sure.

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Painting Started: Jan Sunning on the Grass

May 7, 2017

I’m ready to get the painting started. Before I transferred the large sketch, I paused to consider how best to continue. This will be a gouache painting on illustration board primed with a thin coat of spackle plaster mixed with acrylic medium.

I made the outline of the figure in charcoal to the bare board (unprimed,) and wondered if I should spray fixative on it as I planned or test out other options. The lines of the beach towel were drawn with a yellow pastel pencil that I darkened in the picture so you can see it better. One idea was to just paint over this with a thin layer of plaster and acrylic (as I tested out in my previous post,) or spray fixative on it and then prime it, or coat the charcoal lines with a thin coat of acrylic and prime it. With the primer on top, the gouache will not mix with the charcoal.

I made a quick test of those three options on a scrap piece of illustration board. The “X”s in the picture are charcoal marks not coated, so you can see how thin the plaster layer is.

The unfixed charcoal smeared a little, but was otherwise okay. The fixed marks (one coat of spray) looked the same, but no smearing. The wet acrylic medium turned the charcoal into a wash, so I ruled that out. I decided to just go ahead and add the thin plaster layer without fixing the charcoal, saving an extra step, and despite a little smearing, it looked okay. I’m finally ready to start painting.

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New Drawing Started: Jan Sunning on the Grass

April 24, 2017

Okay, enough fooling around. It’s time to get back to work. I’ve been doodling some ideas for the next piece with nothing lighting a spark, so I spent the day yesterday in a local park with my camera looking for other people enjoying the day. I found this woman, Jan, who was kind enough to let me take a photo of her, and I think I can make it into an interesting ink drawing.

I made a small outline sketch that I enlarged to fit onto a sheet of illustration board, 20 x 30″. I think I’ll prep the board with a coat of shellac primer, so that I can scratch away ink marks, which will work well for the grass.

There a a couple other things to think about before I start. She had a tattoo on her shoulder that I might either keep, change, or discard. I might also place something in the foreground, so I have some more doodling to play around with on this.

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Appreciating the artist McClelland Barclay

April 14, 2017

McClelland Barclay was an American illustrator of the early 20th Century, born in St. Louis in 1891. He became well known for his work in magazine fiction, advertisements, and posters.

Chief among the advertising clients was the Body by Fisher division of General Motors that began in the mid 1920’s. He had developed a particular female character in his work up to then, and she fit into this Fisher campaign as a symbol of style and elegance, soon to be known as the “Fisher Body Girl.” The model he used was Nan McClelland, his niece at the time, who later became his wife. He had a habit, in fact, of marrying his models; three different ones.

Barclay enlisted in the Navy in 1939, but still continued doing commercial work during the war. Unfortunately, he lost his life on a mission in 1943.