The challenge here is to tease out details from an old school photo. Many photos taken in this way tens to be almost monochrome. There is a single colour of varying skin tone in the photo, another for shirt, hair and so on. My job, apart from the usual is to tease out colour where there is tone.
Finished, I like this one and, as a bonus, it took less time than the others.Continue reading
Water, colour temperature and tonal drama- old themes for me.
This not my own paint, I was visiting and found some.old but good quality Cryla Galleria paint in the garage. The range of colours is very narrow and the white is very lumpy. Nonetheless, it gives interesting texture for free.
With the DofE season about to start, I fancy taking a set of acrylics for campsite evenings. They need to be small tubes and a selection that I’ll actually use.
- Titanium white
- Burnt umber
- Cadmium orange
- Pthalo blue
- Cerulean blue
- Rose madder
- (Pthalo green?),
Sketchbook acrylic painting onto a prepared page ( gesso + pale ground)
Bouyed up by reaction from the Y11s, I’m raising the pace slightly and started another. Half term is coming too.
Looking back at old sketchbooks, they were terrible. They were rushed and flat. No more than underpainting really. So now I’m trying to find how far I can go. In previous years, I’d work out an idea then swap to oil.
I should have taken a photo after the 1st session yesterday. Problem was it was so fragmented that I was all set on scrapping the picture by bedtime. In the morning, various solutions were floating in my mind. Maybe layer up tissue paper and paint over that; prime the page with gesso; wash over with burnt umber.
I did the latter while looking at the photo without glasses. It will look better with some skin tones and hair, I hope.