Showing posts with label Subway sketches. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Subway sketches. Show all posts

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Last one of the year. Happy New Year! Great things to come in 2014.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Here are more subway sketches. I typically draw one page every day or two. NYC is the great melting pot of people, who needs aliens anyway.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

If you missed my previous posts on this project, here is a link to catch the whole thing. A Commissioned Painting For A Friend.

OK, this is it, it's finally finished. I have been working on this painting off and on for many months. I am quite satisfied with the buildings, architecture, and cityscape as a whole. I am not so satisfied with the people in the painting  So, I went back to basics and broke out my sketch books, and compiled the drawing below of people that I have sketched on the street. I used a Dixon Ticonderoga erasable red pencil for contrast.

I am looking for a real variety of people just to keep things real like NYC.

Me hitting the canvas once again.

You can see above that I am blocking in a new set of people doing different things. Most of these were taken straight from my sketches above.

At this stage, I am using a much finer brush to work on the detail of each character in the painting. The thing about painting is refinement , you could go all the way to portrait style detail, or just an impression of a person. I like painting in a very rough style sometimes with very little detail, but this painting isn't one of them. Here I need to exercise finesse and detail.

This is a closer look at my loaded palette. You can see now how different it looks from when I started this piece.

Wrinkles in clothing, color contrast and a little bit of fashion play a part in distinguishing one from the other.

Here's a broader view.

Blown out contrast so you can see the figures emerge from the background a little better.

It probably seems weird to paint a person over the top of heavy texture like you see above, but that is part of my style of work.

Mostly, silhouettes turned into something else.

You can see the people on the left starting to look more detailed now.

Along with detail, the characters personalities emerge.

Here is a little better lighting on the whole image now.

Everything is starting to blend a little better.

This is it, shadow, highlights and reflections. I added a few bright leaves that are reflecting sunlight in the trees.

Here I added some nice spring flowers and my final signature.

Drum roll please ... Finished.

Stick around for more, my client commissioned me for another painting.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

It's been a few months since I updated this post. So, here is the latest on this project. If you missed any of it, here is the entire post. A Commissioned Painting for a Friend

At this point it's all about refinement. I am slowly bringing out detail.

Here I am getting a feel for the people on the street, colors, shapes, and highlights.

This side of the canvas needs more work. The angle of the street isn't quite there yet, and the tree is still a green blob, but it's coming together.

I am trying to create definition from the background to the foreground.

Here you can see a little more depth looking down the street. Remember, that I am not going for photo realism. This type of painting tends to be a little more impressionistic than anything else, so I don't want to overdo the detail.

I am quite happy with the colors that are emerging on this side of the canvas, but the people still look like something out of the Walking Dead. I don't want zombies in this work, so further on I will begin to really refine the people on the street.

Stepping back from the canvas you can see that the painting is coming together as a whole. I don't want to overwork one side and leave the other side out. Painting is an experience that is learned. A little here, a little there, but never too much in one area otherwise it will look unbalanced.

This is a little more true to the actual colors. It's a real mix with warm and cool, but it is becoming very cohesive.

Here is a little more work on the tree in the foreground as well as the street sign.

The colors here look great to my eye. I am beginning to pull out shadows on the sidewalk even though the people still look a little stiff. I look at them as if they are place holders. What I mean by that, is that my next step in refining the people on the street is that I will do many sketches of different people walking, shopping,  and moving about the city. I will superimpose them into the scene in the final work.

More blending of colors.

The background is really becoming defined here, and you can see I've added a bit of yellow to the sky to give a little cloud reflection.

Finally, the tree looks like a tree, the sidewalk on this side of the street is now at the correct perspective and the street sign looks like a street sign. I've added a few more reflections and some balance to the color, but I still need to add people on this side of the street, and their shadows. If you look at my sketch in the first post, you can see that there were people on this side too. I will add them in the final painting.

After about a four hour session, it's time to call it quits. I will update this post again for the final painting. I am not rushing this painting at all. Fortunately I am not preparing it for a show or anything else, so I get to savor every moment working on it. Total painting and prep time so far is about 5 months. It's a real pleasure to be able to take this amount of time to work on art for a client. Usually it is a much faster process.

Check back for more updates later.