Monday, 17 March 2014

Commissions 21 years apart



Here's a strange one for me. The top image was commissioned when I was 14/15 years old and doing a paper round for the chap in in the second image. I drew his two kids and his wife. 21 years later, one of the kids commissioned a drawing of the dad to complete the family. He emailed me the drawing of his mum. Very strange seeing it after all this time. I tried to keep the new drawing a bit sketchy to be more in line with the others. 

Monday, 17 February 2014

Work Today




Here is my limited earth palette

Not the greatest photo but it does at least give some indication as to my progress today. Most of the forms are tonally modelled and approximate colours suggested. I have added yellow ochre and a small amount of black to my palette. 
I need to finish tweaking the tones of the face and hand before I begin using transparent colour glazes and semi opaque velaturas. This will be the final stage where colour is refined. More on this later. 

XD&L

Saturday, 15 February 2014

A little bit more

I thought I would post these images to give folk another look at the stages I go through when building up a painting. The use of a warm burnt umber ground is of great importance and is utilised in all midtone and shadow areas. The warmth of this ground will be visible in nearly all areas of the finished painting and will create a unity across the picture plane.  


It is worth noting that there are only four colours used so far. A quick smudge of Indian red for the hair and lips, raw and burnt umber for both flesh and ruff...and of course white (titanium). 








Thursday, 9 January 2014

A wee thing




This is idea is probably going to develop into something for my new show. 

XD&L
 
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