I've been getting a ton of really great info here and on my blog
about traditional work. I thought I'd post something I did yesterday for a study... it's a small (8x10) practice referencing a Bouguereau painting.
I painted off and on during the afternoon yesterday. It was mainly to test out how to do my drawing underneath the oils. I did a sketch in pencil, and then inked over it with acrylic paint (obviously "inked" maybe isn't the best verb because I didn't use ink but oh well!). I used black paint and then erased my pencil when it dried. Then I did an acrylic wash of a bluish grey color over the surface, when it all dried I just began painting with oils. I like this method a lot, though I can see how it would be difficult if you don't have a reference to go on... I do think this method suits me though. I can make my references digitally, either paint them in photoshop or take reference pictures... or like.. both. Dan Dos Santos has this awesome way of photomaniping his reference so it's really close to his final piece, and then he just bases his oil painting on it. Genius!
I think I will do the linework much lighter next time, the harsh black is visible under my oils (you can still see some of the lines through her skin!) though in bigger paintings I will probably lay the oils on a little thicker
Though I was wondering... I've seen people do ink drawings for their oil paintings (and other things) with India Ink. I've never used india ink and I wonder what it's qualities are? Would it be better than acrylic paint for line work..? I'd just paint over it entirely anyway... :0
Windsor & Newton Artists' Oil Color
umm.. 3 hours I think.
P.S. If anyone thinks this is mature content I'll probably start crying myself to sleep at night!
P.P.S. Oh my god... this is actually considered mature? really? I'm kind of sad for the people who think a classical painting would hurt or disturb a young mind. Maybe I was "mature" for a kid, but even at like 7 years old I could look at classical paintings/sculptures and see they were beautiful.
When I look at Biblis, (the painting I referenced), I can see nothing but innocence, purity, and natural beauty. Though I DO appreciate the trouble the DA staff might have, since i'm sure we have a large amount of say.. naked anime chicks with huge tits and their authors claiming it is artistic nudity or whatever. If my my naked chick isn't mature why should theirs be? The admins do what they have to, and if they have to mark all nudity as mature in order to mark some, I understand..
However I do hope, I sincerely
hope the person who reported this wasn't offended by the nudity. Not so much because I don't want to scar their otherwise untainted mind with a nipple, but because how strange their mind must work... either they ARE offended by the pink dot on the page, or they are just a DeviantArt robocop who skulks DA looking for policy violations to report. Personally I am leaning toward the latter, and I'd rather have a rule enforcer on the loose than a person scared of their own body when they take a shower.
With all that being said, I think I'm going to stop posting many of my studies to DA, especially the ones with nudity. I love my watchers, they're incredible incredible people who give me more support and encouragement than they even mean to i'm sure. But It's kind of... a strange feeling to have your work censored, It makes me feel uncomfortable. So I'm going to post them in my blog instead, so please come check it out! [link]