For Head and Figure Sculpture. Finished. Previously called Standing Figure WIP. If you recall when I began this piece I could not get My Humps by the Black Eyed Peas out of my head. Well, as I finished I still had that song stuck in my head so I decided that that should be the title for this piece.
As for the sculpture, I hate the face. Love everything else. After this is graded I will probably get rid of the face just to make myself feel better. I like it more ambiguous and less in your face. Personal style. For this assignment though I felt I needed to include a face. Tiny details are not my favorite part of sculpture so creating the face was pretty miserable for me.
For Quick Studies. Just like last week- Female Nudes working on exaggerated color. Top 3 are 25 minute and bottom 2 are approx 60 minute. More fun with a palette knife. This week I did not use pure white. Week after week my instructor has commented on my use of too much white. I decided to use a mixture of white and cadmium yellow light as my lightest light. Overall I like the result. I think it gives my pieces more life.
For Still Life 2. Trompe d'oeil. I had huge issues coming up with an idea for this assignment. I was thinking too complicated. I decided to go for more of a modern take instead of a traditional one. After quite a bit of struggle I finally got over my artist block and came up with an idea. I like the way this is coming along a lot. I feel like there is nice potential with this.
For Quick Studies. Female Nudes working on exaggerated color. Top 3 are 25 minute and bottom 2 are approx 60 minute. More fun with a palette knife. I had such a good time on my cloud studies that I though I would try my hand and using a palette knife on nudes. Different process but nicely challenging.
There is a ton more I could do to this. Some paintings flow and some fight- this one fought.
1st I couldnt find a good surface. After I put a wash on the first surface on a bunch of unavoidable dark areas appeared. Then I tried a watercolor canvas that worked too much like gesso so I scrapped that one. I ended up having to cut and prepare another surface. It is supposed to cure for 24 hours and it only had ~5. Hopefully it wont effect the final look.
I didnt get the colors as dark as I wanted. I will probably work back into this at some point.
For Head and Figure Sculpture. Adding more clay to this. I love the curves. It is nice to work from a curvy model for a change. I have painted/drawn/sculpted enough skinny people. I also love how lose I am applying the clay. It gives the piece more character. Its about the overall picture and not just the tiny details.
We have had some rain this past week and with the rain comes very beautiful clouds. I was inspired.
In my Still Life 2 class one of my classmates has been using a palette knife. I thought I would give it a go and see how it worked for these quick studies. I think it was pretty successful and I had fun.
I think the colors turned out wonderfully. I really enjoyed the process. Grisaille really lends itself to watercolor. If you get the values down correctly it just becomes a paint by number :) I find it very helpful to map out the values first as it makes me slow down and really think about them. In watercolor the biggest difficulty for me is not going dark enough and the grisaille helps me to get my darks nice and dark. This is a technique I will be using again.
For Still Life 2. Grisaille or under-painting done in Burnt Umber. I went on a nice little nature walk to find these leaves. I know California doesnt really have seasons but we do have a few kinds of trees that change. I picked leaves that had the prettiest colors and so I am excited to add the color to this.
For Head and Figure Sculpture. The very beginning stages of my block in. Previous step.
Not at all as far along with this as I would like. I thought I had enough clay for the block in. Turns out I dont. Lame I know but it is what it is. I am trying to avoid buying a bunch of clay. When I took the Foundations sculpture course I bought 50 lbs of clay and didnt know what do do with it when the class was done. I ended up giving it to the local elementary school when we moved.
On a side note, I had this song stuck in my head as I was working on this piece-