Friday, 8 February 2008

Proportions and underpainting

When it came to transferring my idea to canvas I didn't want to make any early mistakes by painting my head too big, or my bum too big for that matter, so my cousin took some photos of me which I reversed (because I'll be painting what I see in the mirror in my studio, remember) and then printed out and squared up in inch squares, making sure I was working to the same proportions as the canvas.

Then I sqaured up the canvas in 3 inch squares with charcoal over the burnt sienna oil paint I'd washed on previously and sketched in the outlines. Next, I used a mix of burnt sienna and blue (possibly ultramarine, only it's dark in there) to block in the darks, and used a turpsy rag to wipe off for the light areas. I'm very happy with this so far, especially the balance of the pale area of my face top right against the table top bottom left.


Bill of Ballaugh said...

God, but you look like you mean business in the photograph. Hope nobody gets in your way while you're painting.

Yellow said...

Hiya Dad. The photo doesn't represent the expression I'll have on my face in the painting, it was just for me to use to get my body proportions right. Then again I will probably be frowning in the painting, after all, I don't stand and paint with a huge grin on my face. Maybe that's where I'm going wrong. I'm still not happy with the clothing though. So that may change.

Bill of Ballaugh said...

I'm watching. Keep at it.

JafaBrit's Art said...

Yea, a fellow Geordie :) Enjoying having a peek at your blog.

jafabrit, geordie in ohio

amy said...

stefffffff ive got the bug to paint im really bored and need to buy a canvas and paint help! inspire me!!

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