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Friday, December 19, 2008

Some final pics/art from Heads and hands and Clothed Fig 3

Herewith, my final approx 5 hour head study from Heads and Hands dos. Very simple but I am pleased with the structural-ness of it, the simplicity of it and.. well i just like! Tae gave me thumbs up so all is good.
Below is the 2nd to last painting for Tae's class.. wanted to get more done as it was coming together but.. here it am anyway ! ;-)

Here are some shots of Heads and Hands class and our final work.. top left is Matias (in hat, seated), guy from other class (?), Chris standing and Matt the model; top right are Jessie 1 and Arif on a break; bottom left are Chris, Model, Jennie and Hava ( who finally makes it mostly on time and makes the best Dirt Cake I have ever had ( ok only one I have)).. final photo is Tae Park and our works while she is doing critiques.. I know she will yell at me for putting this picture of her up but TOO BaD! an amazing artist and driving, tough but excellent teacher!!!!!!! Buy her work and take her classes if you can, I say!
student works.. mine..Hava's, Jennie's and Chris'.. this is the life of a student painting at school.. sit your bum down on a 15 year old, dirty wooden plank and suffer ;-)

just a coupla' quick final day drawings from clothed figure 3.. wiped out w/no sleep i still got a few out that were ok.. the one below I like for the feeling of the forlorn couple.. both of these about 40 mins..

Sunday, December 7, 2008

(Almost) Final Self Portrait WIP and Clothed Figure one alumni photos!

OK so above is as of 12 11 08... more cooling of the lights and fine tuning all around.. moved ear.. re-did mouth to capture more of what my "mouf" looks like.. nose completely re-done to soften transitions.. it may need a cooler highlight but I am not psyched to touch it after all that work.. dig it ( me, I mean - i dig it.. at least a little.. and at least for an hour or so.. background to be softened ( see blog of dark where painting was in more detail).. will finalize when feeling less lazy!.. off to workshop to.. what else ? paint the figure ;-)) -kw ps check out the show at 288 Sutter ! Sam has some awesome stuff there ( and my favorite already sold #$%) shout out to team Tomutsu!

Here is one of my final WIP paintings (that would be a self portrait) - just getting near complete-ish.. Very Warm lights on the left and slightly cooler morning light from the window ( and quite bright) on the right.. for me: very complex light - no REAL shadows so.. lots of thinking and.. let me just say i will NEVER be lazy at block in again as the re-working is so painful vs getting it right out the gate! ( and here I thought I knew what I looked like).. painting: i really enjoy it but it is SO intense!)

Lazy block in.. eyes too close, nose in wrong place, ear a mile back on HUGE side of head.. mouth too low..
bringing in the super warms from the inside room lights ( reds/golds/yellows) and the cool-er light from the window ( this is about 10am at my house.. north light window..
rough "ebouche" of color down.. now eyes are too narrow, nose needs much fine tuning and mouth is to.. underbite-y .. i think I had moved the ear by this time.. it was almost an inch on the canvas which is a shed-load of fix!
below - value adjustments yesterday (sat) to get things more to the right /true value range.. when I first put those light cooler values in a think I made a slight .. whelp ? but it was right and good..

and the near final.. very challenging but it has some things I am digging ..

The Chris Canga (non- as in he is very much alive) Memorial Clothed Figure 1 annual dinner ( no. 2). Left to right are Leah, Elisha, Ye Bin, Max, Emmerson and Carmen.. look at Ye Bin's cool polaroid camera ( she always has cool toys!).. Very fun gang! We all laughed.. Emmerson ate like 23 roles and it was all good..
Besides Leah, I am the only other Caucasian in this group.. outnumbered.. outgunned.. story of my life! oh - and that is Carmen's Dude next to her.. he is "in the industry" !
check out Emmerson and the girlz in these next two.. Max seems.. transfixed ?

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Some new short stuff (1 min to 3 hours)

.. was in the trunk drying while I visited family.. from Tae Park's Heads and Hands class... i wish I had gotten more done on this but i think it's not horrid.. completely.. why does everyone like Turbans ???? and - oh - Tae is a great teacher..

Ok so I know all of you have great gestures and you're like ..zzzzz.. well I like this one so I'm posting.. this is like 1 min.. and .. ok moving on! I'll have some new class portraits up next week likely.. and then.. the dreaded SELF PORTRAIT FINAL!!!#$^# ;-)

Crashed Henry's int fig class on wed between my classes and drew ( terry ?) below.. 40 mins.. dig!

J. S. Sargent painting copy one night.. graphite on notebook paper..
a few of the series of workshop figures.. isabelle is below ( none of these are "blocked in" but are massed as forms of tone/color first and then fine tuned - trying to figure out ways to get more done in 2.5 hours!.. i do love these little figures though.. learning a lot ( slooowwwlly) ! this is what I get from watching all those Schmid and Silverman vids.. wait, I said that below.. wait, that's recursive.. laud.. hope y'all had some good things to give thanks for.. I am glad for many - but so much for the gift of drawing! ( and painting!)---

Mohawk guy.. not as refined but still dig..re-used canvas boards can cause issues ( when you are painting over an apple and a pot - like i did below.. not enough done but .. you be da' judge ( except carmen who can't say anything ! ( hah!))..

Sunday, November 16, 2008

My Neighbor and some other recent work ;-)

This is my neighbor Delores, she is an amazing woman.. I carefully lit her with studio lights on the left of the image and cool, morning light on the right.. i think I am calling this pretty done! who knows - maybe I have a shot as a painter ? about 35 hours ( with a lot of looking time in the number..).. there are always things to fix but i'm feeling good. below are the block in and about 15-20 hours in and a value study i did in graphite .. the painting is a much more careful rendering of her likeness in proportion, value, color, shapes.. whatnot....

some 2 min gestures from sat. working on my Carl Gnassian "" way but LONG way to go..

below from Henry's friday night workshop.. not pleased w/my drawing lately.. ugh
somehow that foreshortened foot won the battle and is the size of a small, offshore watercraft ( or my size 14 foots..)below Sir Norman Rockwell master copies - in graphite from charcoal sketches ;-)

a polish mother and son from some photog book I found.. graphite..

Thursday, November 6, 2008

workshop and class paintings..

This figure is a 2.5 hour workshop painting.. experimenting with color and temp.. and everything.. ( they are like "sprints" these little workshop paintings!) can't wait to see what REAL sprints are like in quick studies w/Tomutsu next semester. Apropos of nothing (here), was reading about a presentation where Nelson Shanks said, roughly, that brush strokes are like a type face .. and are not the end but the means ( you don't see a lot of brush in his work).. um.. what to make of it at this point in my beginning.. i not sure!

Head painting class this last week - Eliza - in very bright light from high up.. i might work on this some more - she is a great model and it's no where near where i'd like it but .. um..

below another 2.5 hour quick oil sketch.. very plane-y.. but i liked how the model was standing..

Thursday, October 30, 2008

new clothed figures and a figure and costume carnival..

Costume Carnival(e) was fun.. didn't get much drawing done but here are some 5 minute-ers I liked.. experimenting w/rough newsprint.. below a 20 min fig from friday workshop.. meh..

So I was feeling like ( 'no more ILL classes!' recently) but we pulled out the toned paper yesterday and I had a little fun. Our model was new at least to us, and had NEVER worn a dress before.. she went from a self-aware city girl to a young woman with a story.. reserved for herself only maybe.. anyway, these are all short for toned - 10-20 minutes.. so very simple not tonnes of form but.. me like. some. And yes, I'm a sucker for the head when the model is looking away and all you get is a hint of eye shape, a hint of nose and mouth ( and cheekbone).. also, it takes about 20 seconds to draw so I can be on to other things and done with my head obsession for that pose! Seacrest: OUT!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

i'm in a ... plateau.. need to level UP!

I wanted to try rough newsprint for massing shapes /planes at henry's workshop friday but my old rough pad was full.. in a rut.. all around - except for painting is moving forward.. below some quick things from henry's and from my clothed figure class.. the one with the guy and gun that is up-lit, that was a pose I "art directed".. ( 'lie back w/your mouth agog like this' - what is going on with my mind ? don't answer that!)..

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Hopefully Omari will still talk to me ..

about 22 hours into my 2nd homework project in head painting. to take it to a super-refined level I think I would need another 10-20 hours that I don't have ( due tomorrow).. the glare is from wet paint.. and it's a bit "wide-angled" by my camera so not exact but close enuf! here is the block in below the final.. i'll post some school stuff that's in my locker soon! well.. I like it! ;-)
Lisa who modeled at Mark E's workshop - this is about 2.5 hours and on a 9 x 12 board.. i want to get to where I can lay down the key planes faster with a nice feel ( a la Liberace!).. pleased with this but it's.. as Irys says.. only "meh" ;-) Below - a few head portraits from Head Painting one class.. they don't all go up on the blog for a reason!