Thursday, 6 May 2010
Art Class - week 3
image: Self Portrait. watercolour with pigment liner pen, cotman 140lb 300gsm not paper
Week 3 sees me delving into a bit of portraiture this time, after getting the bug painting 'Beth' at home. I already had the drawing stage completed beforehand, so that I could spend some time on the painting side of it, after quizzing our tutor on further watercolour techniques.
On arriving, I find our tutor sitting alone in the classroom and manage to grab a few minutes talk with her before it's time to get the the room set up. She tells me that I have potential and ought to be doing something with the skills I have. I know she is right and I certainly want to hear the things she says about me, but you know I am doing this for the fun of it and because it is so enjoyable and exiting. Ambition is something that never really interests me - I just like being a normal regular sort of guy I suppose.
During the painting, I learn from the tutor about a great way of getting a good likeness by drawing a grid over the photo to paint, and another grid on the painting. This way, by studing where, say an eye fits into the grid on the photo, we can place it acurately in the grid on the painting. This process can be extended when you need to enlarge an image, by simply drawing larger squares on the painting. Apparently some artists use this technique when painting huge images from a small photo, on something like a wall.
I managed to do all of this self portrait in the class, except for a couple of layers of wash on my jacket. Most of the work I am fairly happy with, and it is certainly a big improvement on anything I have done before. It is just a tad overworked, especially the shaping of my cheeks. Family members at home say they are too puffed up, so I think I got it a little too dark in the creases next to my nose. But at least it looks something like me, in fact, our tutor jokingly said it looks more like me than I do!