BERNINI | Grisaille Cast Painting

This is my last Grisaille painting ever! (grisaille palette is white, black, and raw umber)  When I finished this painting I was graduated onto a limited color palette of white, black, red, and yellow ochre. The big take aways from this painting: Maintain the  surface area. I tried to keep the surface as smooth as I could, making it possible to show all the subtle value shifts. Decide where to show detail and where to Read more…

PLAYING WITH COLOR

I have moved on from a grisaille palette to a limited palette, which means I get to start playing around with color.  The limited palette has flake white, yellow ochre, cadmium red light, and ivory black. I started painting the figure and my cast this week and so I’m trying out this new limited palette.  I’m finding color really tricky for me, which is a motivation for me to put extra time in practicing with Read more…

BRIAN | Grisaille Figure Painting

This is my final grisaille figure painting! I learned so much working on this painting.  Here are my big take aways: When blocking in the painting make sure you are in the mindset of blocking in.  I was trying to resolve while blocking in, which is fine, but to be efficient the resolving will come after the block in. A trick to keying your image (finding the lightest light and darkest dark): place a thick dab Read more…

DON’T DRAW ANGRY

  This is the start of a new long pose with a new model. I have worked with this model many times before and unfortunately he does not hold a consistent pose.  I became really frustrated with trying to capture a gesture that was constantly changing and I let it get the best of me.  I decided I did not want this whole 5 weeks to be a bad experience so I tried to think Read more…

Brush Care SECRETS

  I learned a safe and cheap way to wash and care for your brushes so you can get as long a life out of them as possible.  This method is a little odd, but hear me out.   First things first, getting the paint out of the bristles.  I just use soap and water, no turpentines or mineral spirits.   The second trick is maintaining the brush shape so it will keep looking the Read more…