Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Cambodia: Impressions I

Angkor: Tree
Pencil, charcoal,
and colored pencil on acrylic paper
10x16 in, 2010

First piece of artwork inspired by my trip to Cambodia. I borrowed the tree design from a relief on the wall of a temple at Angkor, combined it with other motifs I saw there, and added my own flair.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Major Catch-Up.

It's been eons since I've seen you, blog. Sorry about the long absence. Catching up to the present would require several posts, which was daunting, and putting it off just increased the intimidation factor. But at last I've got up the courage to start. ;)
So. let's start with the end of school; two months ago now, it was.

Final project of the semester: self-portrait.
The sequential images were so popular with the fall painting, so I thought I'd try it again.

begin: light wash coat and sketch on the canvas.
another coat: wipe out the highlights while it's still wet.
darken the shadow areas.
darken again.
and again.
adding in color, waiting for face to dry.
ultramarine blue coat for skin tone base.
more color.
yellow ochre over the blue for more base build-up.
at last, actual skin color! eesh it looks ghastly here.
that's better.
darken those shadows!
add in the details.
final product. :)