Thursday, September 24, 2009

Starting another painting in my new series based on computer sketches

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With my computer sketch taped to my drawing board I use a proportion wheel to scale up my image on the blank canvas. I do the drawing with a Design Art Marker. Incidentally, the canvas is 30 x 30 inches.

Then I begin painting by brushing a coat of acrylic paint on the canvas. I've decided to change the color and make the background a brighter orange. I often change colors from the sketch during the painting process. I haven't lost my basic drawing as when the paint dries it still shows through. In the lower left corner of the photo you can see my cat Laura lounging nearby in a small basket.

Here is a closeup of laura, she is always around while I'm working as are Jpeg and Tiff.

After the background is dry I start to block in some of the color areas. I've decided to mute the tone on the yellow shapes. This will probably take three or four days to complete if everything goes well. If I get stuck on how to proceed I often stop working and start a new painting. At a certain point I find that it's a good idea to get away from a painting, then I usually come back to it with a fresh viewpoint. In the next posts I'll show how I progress on this piece.

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