Sunday, May 29, 2011

Face paintings III

A few more paintings...

I had a few pages in my sketchbook with already-painted backgrounds (remnants of paint at the end of previous sessions) and it was interesting to work on these... seeing how the underlying color enhanced or contrasted the paint I was laying down. A nice change from starting with white.

I'm starting to get a few parts of my images that I like - an eye that has some depth to it, a nose that's nicely described using just a few efficient strokes, it's a good feeling to see some progress and things starting to come together.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Face paintings II

Been doing some more face painting practices in my sketchbook... gradually getting a better feel for the paint and learning heaps more about color, as usual. I think the next thing to concentrate on will be values again, because as always I don't push the darks dark enough. I think mixing paint and maintaining the correct colors is a pretty tricky skill, but i'll get it :)

I said in my last post that I might start focusing on structural/facial accuracy and depiction as well, but that didn't happen. I get bogged down in that a bit, so I feel alright leaving that aside for now.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Face paintings

As part of my acrylic painting forays, I've started painting a few faces to practice skin tones, paint handling and particularly getting used to the unique aspects of portraiture compared to other kinds of art. I don't worry too much about accuracy and realism apart from doing a quick pencil sketch to start, but I am thinking maybe I should incorporate it, cause I need to work on that as well.

They're quick studies, probably less than half an hour each, so I haven't developed any of them very far, but just try out new things. The plan, I guess, is to gradually start doing more 'serious' work as I improve - portraiture is something that appeals to me and I'd like to find a unique, interesting way to present them (rather than just a very realistic, documentary approach).

But for now, here's the first few...