I can't remember if I ever uploaded these images here, but well, here they are. People have been asking me lately HOW I DID IT. (you can see "IT" here) Well. Read on, and I'll tell you. In nauseating detail.
"HOW I DID IT" A small novel :I
I originally had the beginnings of a gouache painting on this board, but then I decided I didn't like it, so I gessoed over it with a thin coat of non-acrylic based gesso (the kind that feels chalky when dry). You could still see some of the painting underneath but I was going to tone the board and then paint over it with acrylic anyway, so it didn't matter. (If you do this, also make sure to turn the board upside down so anything left showing through is harder to recognize. You can save a lot of time/money this way.)
Then I drew my owl in with blue ColErase pencil and toned it with burnt sienna (or something similar) gouache which dried funny (kinda looked like water stains or tea stains). Then I noticed that it looked like clouds. This is called a very happy accident. I kept the cloud-looking-shapes and painted in a rim light eventually. Then I painted in my lines (I wanted a more comic-book art feel to this piece) and general value patterns (image on right). I love making this CRAZY texture with matte medium, so, using a sponge brush (cheap-o kind from the craft store) I put the texture down by dabbing it on the board.
When painting in acrylic it is important to remember that hairdryers are your friends. The heat + moving air will help dry an acrylic piece quickly and will save you (again) time/money. (RANDOM HINT: the same thing applies to drying oil paintings, but instead use an incandescent (heat producing) bulb and shine it on your painting. The heat will help the oils fix faster. Non air-blowing space heaters work well too. Never put your painting in the oven though, it will darken it.) ANYWAY.
Then I painted. It was a little hard to paint over that nice texture on his jacket (right image) but I had a lot of fun with this. I love doing little landscapes in the backgrounds (look at the Mona Lisa, Madonna of the Rocks etc there are a lot of little beautiful back grounds on those old paintings).
I hope this helps.
I subscribe to the thought that when all's said and done, I'm not afraid of anyone "stealing" my "process." Please. If anything I'd LOVE to see folks learn from this and make it better. Yes, that WAS a challenge.
YUP. Click the pic, then scroll down BEYOND the image to read the comments. (I'm sorry if this is distressing to anyone.)
" It is the dark, inaccessible part of our personality, what little we know of it we have learnt from our study of the dream-work and of the construction of neurotic symptoms, and most of this is of a negative character and can be described only as a contrast to the ego. We all approach the id with analogies: we call it a chaos, a cauldron full of seething excitations... It is filled with energy reaching it from the instincts, but it has no organisation, produces no collective will, but only a striving to bring about the satisfaction of the instinctual needs subject to the observance of the pleasure principle."
Freud, New Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis (1933)
I am a WALKING CONTRADICTION I should just disappear in a POOF of LOGIC.
Since I'm a Super-Senior I was kicked out of the studio. Which I saw coming, but it still kinda' pisses me off. (I am consistently the ONLY person in the studio, I have NO SPACE at home to work and I really cannot concentrate anywhere else.)
Another student is letting me use her space when she's not there (which is often) ... but it's not the same. I feel like I'm imposing.
During the move-out, the Juniors got ambitious and started cleaning out the whole studio - and we found tons of stuff people have left from YEARS ago.So.
While I helped clean we found some books - two of which I laid claim to. Here's the one I was most pleased to find: