Started this one with the sketch board on the easel but quickly found out that I can't sketch that way so took it down, sat down, put it on my lap and leaned it against the table. Spent 1.5 hours on this thus far mostly worked around the facial area and still a lot more to do before it is finish.... now that I put it down, it might take me forever to get back to it
Setup for the small application that is used for practicing timed sketching/painting, programmed with Visual Basic. It is built to read JPEG files only.
The shape of the figure was quickly blocked in using a cotton ball soaked with charcoal dust then using a kneaded eraser to do the form modeling. Then at the end, used a charcoal pencil to add a linear contour as well as a little bit of detail. Not sure how long this took but estimated to be around 10 to 15 minutes.
Found some of the old winton oil paints that I started out with and decided to do a little sketch with them on canvas paper. After getting used to artist grade oils, these was hard to paint with, just can't get it to do what I want though it could have been because of the worn out bristles I was using.
Got some watercolors to try to start sketching outdoors, I figured it would be less of a hassle than setting up for oils or soft pastel. Anyhow, I ordered some WC sketchpads along with the watercolors among other things but a bottle of linseed oil broke in the box and damaged the WC pads (which I guess they knew since I wasn't charged for them). Luckily, nothing else was damaged thanks to plastic wrappings. This first sketch is done on a damaged section of the WC paper for practice being new to watercolor and what not.
Hopper Coast in Cape Cod Watercolor on paper, 3.5 x 3.5
Chiaki Kuriyama Charcoal and chalk on toned paper, 12 x 9
Haven't done much lately except for a few sketches, just haven't got any energy for much else. Anyhow, here are a few recent sketches ... the first one is vine charcoal and chalk on gray paper, 12 x 9. The rest are charcoal pencil and chalk on brownish toned paper, also 12 x 9s.
Had a run into a little problem that I frequently have, laziness, but I managed to get off my butt and do some work on the painting I started about a week ago. Did a little bit of form modeling working with burnt umber and titanium white, hopefully I don't see any major issues before adding other colors.
Started a new oil painting on board, 10 x 8. So far I only did the rough oil sketch and quick block in with burnt umber and titanium white. Will start the form modeling in a couple of days after this is dry to the touch.