Biro and watercolour, about 30 minutes.
Monday, June 29, 2009
Yesterday, Ruth and I got back from a fantastic day trip to Paris, the highlight of which has to be visiting the Louvre. It’s an incredible spectacle of art and art history, and it’s impossible to take in the whole thing in one small visit. Did a little sketching while I was there of a few of the sculptures, and I could have spent the whole day just doing that. So many amazing sculptures, but equally as many amazing paintings. And the ceilings…wow!!!
Friday, June 26, 2009
Over the next few weeks, members of ISCA will soon be getting their latest copy of the organisations quarterly magazine Exaggerated Features. I was honoured to be asked to do a how-to article for the next issue. I chose to focus on a sketch of Al Pacino, as I’d been wanting to draw him for quite a while. I was really pleased with the way the sketch turned out, so I decided to paint it. To see the process of building the sketch, you’ll have to wait for the magazine to hit your doormat, and if you’re not a member of ISCA, what are you waiting for? Sign up at www.caricature.org .
Hope you like the painting!
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Hi guys! More work to follow soon, including an Al Pacino painting based on a sketch I did for a how-to article in the next Exaggerated Features Magazine (ISCA). It’s turning out to be one of my favourite pieces, as it was one of my favourite sketches. Looking forward to sharing it with you soon!
For now, here’s a couple of portfolio pieces.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Tuesday, June 09, 2009
Bowie Faas is from Holland, and is a huge fan of the Dutch version of ‘Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat’. He commissioned me to do this piece of him and his girlfriend, with him wearing the coat, and I thought it might be fun to share some of the process with you. The following is a quick run-though of the face and hair rendering.
I start a new layer on top of the sketch, then begin blocking with a hard round brush with the hardness at 100%, the opacity set at 100%, and the flow set at 12-13%. Because the flow is reduced, I can merge the colours using the eyedropper tool.
I tend to use Yellow and Black to make green, I find it gives a more earthy tone. Using the more obvious Blue and Yellow would be fine, but there are going to be a lot of warm (even hot!) colours in the coat, so I have to bear this in mind when choosing the background. Black and white are our cooling colours.
Detail of the eye. I’m now starting to use a different brush, a ‘spatter’ brush, which is preset #39 in the Photoshop brush menu. Opacity is best kept lower than 50% with this brush, otherwise it is easy to lose control.
Horizontally flipping the canvas gives me a better judgement in terms of aligning or correcting features. From the reference I was given, it seems that Bowie naturally tilts his head forward, so the features have to be aligned with this. There is minor adjustment needed on his left eye.
I’m using the darker shade of green from his hair to render the eyebrows. To get a smooth fine line with a tapering end, with the #39 brush chosen in the preset menu, select shape dynamics, and make sure the size jitter is set to 0%, and the control to ‘pen pressure’. The opacity can be anywhere between 50 and 100% for this.
The arrangement of windows on my workspace is important to help me see my progress. The window on the bottom right is a second window of the working file. To open this, go to Window>Arrange>New-Window-For. Having this second window allows me to see a wider view whilst working on a close up version in more detail.
I like to use various approaches to digital and traditional painting, so it would be fun to share those with you too. For the time being, I hope you’ve enjoyed this miniature tutorial, and I look forward to sharing more work with you soon!
Saturday, June 06, 2009
No artwork to post today, got a few things I’m working on that I can’t share yet, including the cover of Exaggerated Features Magazine, the quarterly publication for ISCA ( formerly NCN). Can’t tell you the contents either, but it should be fun when it’s finished!
I’m also finishing a private commission, and an acrylic work-in-progress (see photo of my studio). Hope everyone is well and happy, and keeping busy. Looking forward to sharing more work soon!