Monday, March 22, 2010

new method practice 6

Ok! So, we've been on a little trek here, haven't we? I can say for certainty that "new method practice" has really turned into just that, I have never worked this way before.

Here's what's happened with it since our last episode -- Remember the darker, richer glaze? I liked it very much, however, it nearly wiped out the drawing underneath, which was my whole reason for experimenting with this Acrylic glazes, right? No problem, I'll just use a little Gamsol and clean some off and -- !! -- there goes not only my glazes but my pencil. Note, this happened over a couple times, not all at once which goes to show I'm just stumbling around figuring this out.
So now my glazes are inconsistent and my drawing's bleeding away. I decided to just forgo any pretense of Acrylic, treat what I had as an underpainting and dive into the oils --


Stage 1. This was nice but too dark, I needed to paint in the figures.


Stage 2. At this point I felt like I had melted down Jolly Ranchers and was painting with them.That might sound bad but I mean it to say that after the introduction of some Galkyd I felt like I was painting with melted hard candy. It was awesome. I'm pretty happy with what's happened, even though it's so far off base of what I was originally planning.

Oh yeah! And we've got a new camera, check these out --


So, that's were we are headed now. I'm pleased so far but still I'm wanting to see this Acrylic glazing method through so I'm working up this piece :


Previous posts :
new method practice
new method practice 2
new method practice 3
new method practice 4
new method practice 5

PS. Here's a video of my nephew and me sword fighting over the weekend.

7 comments:

Michael Dooney said...

If you seal your drawing with acrylic matte medium, you'll never loose it again...even some oil painters (James Gurney I think for one) work over a sealed drawing.

Cory said...

Yeah I didn't seal it all that well, just a coat or two of spray fix before the first few layers of Acrylic.

Cymru said...

Can't wait to see it finished!

I love that video, by the way. Your nephew is way too cute to be a fearsome warrior, but his cuteness is meant to lull the forces of darkness into a false sense of security--then WHAM! Marshall does a running kick and impales their precious shrubbery into utter submission!

God, I remember using Christmas wrapping rolls to duel my sister with. She was brutal--but through the beatings I always thought what a cool sound they made when they thunked off my skull.

Will Strong said...

Holy scrud, that kid is adorable. Also, nice blog. I just found it and I really like your work.

Philip said...

Love the video. That vile shrub will never rear it's ugly head again...

Gwendolyn said...

could you use a china marker for the drawing if you're just working with acrylics?

I can't believe how big Marsh is getting...

Jeremy S said...

For what it is worth, I now want to see you attempt a quick painting with actual melted hard candy.