Completed Drawing

I recently finished my drawing “Charity”.  Working with perspective like this is a challenge but I learn every time I put forth this much effort.  It’s also easier every time.   Now I just need to buy some spray fixative so it won’t smudge all over the place.

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“Charity” shows an example of this virtue

Still life study

 

 

 

 

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General shapes penciled in.  No details are worked at this point.  The photo doesn’t capture it but I have a singular light source which is the lamp on the upper right.
Underpainting block in
Dark areas are placed with thinned raw umber.  The white here is the white of the canvas.
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Dark areas are reinforced with a mix of ultramarine blue and burnt sienna. I mixed a good chunk of that color and mixed increasing quantities of titanium white.   This created a 5 value string of grey to define forms.

The above is a progression shot of a pumpkin study.  Because it is best to narrow ones focus when engaging in work of this nature, this still life painting serves a few functions:

1 – I wanted to reinforce value composition as that has been an afterthought on many of my paintings.

2 – I want to work with muted colors. Relying on a bunch of bright colors all the time is not always the most effective way to work.
3 – I do want to continue painting in layers however, I want to have a streamlined system for doing this so I don’t always wonder how to go about getting from beginning to end.

Value Studies – Self Portrait

One thing I have been discovering as a painter is that I need to become more diligent in arranging my values during the drawing process. I have spent some time working on these types of value studies so when I do work on my paintings I don’t have to put so much effort into correcting things in oil, making the whole thing take longer than necessary. It is best to do this type of work from life or good photo reference.