Monday, May 31, 2010

Phtalo Green Jungle

I never liked phtalo green, mainly due to my ignorance on how to use it. The color always felt too vibrant and unatural to my taste. Remember me the felt pen kids use. But today, I discovered mixed with Venise Red and Burnt Sienna, you can get very interesting greys, At some point I really needed a dark value, the only way to get it (without adding an intrusive hue) was to mix ultramarine and phtalo green. For the very first time, I did a value thumbnail sketch before painting. I have to admit, it was a true help.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Monday session

We had a new model for monday, it's always nice to get a change. She posed marvelously. I tried various technics, and some poses using just pencil lines, delineating the silhouette emphasizing only what I felt necessary. The first drawing at the bottom, suddenly hit me when I reached home, the whole body type remembered me an old photo of Simone de Beauvoir took by Art Shay. The pose is different, but it could've been her.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

A trip to Long Island Iced Tea

Long Island Iced Tea is the nickname I gave to Tioman Island in Malaysia. Principally because this is the only thing I've been drinking for 4 days, only to stop while I was sleeping or snorkeling. If I had a device to feed me with LIIT during snorkeling I would probably have rented it too.Yeah you can call me a drunk.  But out of this drinking-bout, I tried what J.S.Sargent would have done,  seizing the moment with water and pigment.