Sunday, August 15, 2010

Guitarist with background re-done

I decided to put a setting around him, but you
can see from the first 'real' background, that this
one is invented, using elements from the actual
background in which he was performing. It's
called artistic license! And I am much happier
with this. It still isn't done, but is much closer
to a final product than it was. How do you like
the flames showing? I put them there to express
the sense of warmth and affinity he has in his
playing. The guitar still needs work as you see!
No strings!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Background change for guitarist painting

I decided to get rid of the previous background
which is where he was actually playing. I didn't
think it contributed anything to what I was trying
to convey. Here he is fully IN his music and out
of the physical world he was playing in.
Let me know what you think.
Soon he will come to see it and bring his gorgeous
guitar so I can see the elements of it fully. One
cannot paint without understanding.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Next stage of the guitarist

So now I've got some background in place, though
I'm not sure it really helps the painting all that
much. I may paint it out and just let the man
and his music 'stand' alone! This painting is on
an 18" x 24" panel. I've used Mars Violet in the
background. It is an interesting rosy brown that
seems to harmonize with the colors he is wearing.
I really like the blue of his shirt in contrast to
the other colors.
Let me know what you think of it. I always
appreciate people posting their comments here.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Getting started

This is how I generally work from a photograph
I've taken. I take the print to Kinko's and blow it
up and crop it if necessary. Then I have two prints
made. I make a grid on one, and have the other for
reference without any lines from gridding on it. It
is the top photo that I folded and made grid lines on.
You can see the folds in it if you click on this image
and see it larger.
When I am doing a portrait, I never worry about
likeness in the sketch stage. Just general proportions
of the face. I then work it out on the painting surface.
This sketch is on newsprint. I will transfer it by putting
charcoal on the back of the drawing and then going over
the drawing while it is taped to the panel I'm going to
paint on (or canvas).
This painting is going to be 18 x 24 and in oil on a panel.