Tuesday, January 19, 2010

"I just don't know what to do with myself..."

I could be OCD until the end of eternity lately. Here is tonights progress on this painting, but I can't decide whether i want his jacket to be a dark navy blue/gray or a light blue/gray. I originally had started laying down and underpainting wash for the lighter jacket, but when I started going dark, I decided I liked it and I would see how it goes:

I also think I need to shrink his finger down, the exaggeration doesn't look correct and I may have excentuated the highlights a little too much. I fixed his eyes also, they were a little crooked looking. Turns out, as somone pointed out, it was the way my eyelids were angled and not the position of the pupils.

I also finished Grace Slick (finally):

This piece looks exciting, and even if it isn't my best piece, I like it just fine. I'll get a good scan of it sometime this week.

On a side note, I am thinking about participating in the Rochester Regional Zine and Craft fair. My friends Jamie and Ben are bringing Schmutzine to the fair and I was considering having a table of caricature prints and knitted things that I have not sold yet on Etsy.


Night Loves, hope you get more sleep than I do.


Autumnforest said...

Absolutely! Go for it! I suspect you will have a popular table.

Carly said...

Regarding the jacket color... No one ever told me this at RIT, but the first thing they taught me at the illustration academy was to do a cut paper-esque thumbnail before painting, where you divide the drawing into its main shapes and fill each in with a value. Every important shape should either be light against dark, or vice versa; shapes that you want de-emphasized should have less contrast. Then tape the thumbnail on your easel and stick to the value structure. It's a HUGE help.

tracypea said...

I definitely like the look of the darker jacket. It looks fancier. :)

sorrento421 said...

I think I am going to stick with this lighter jacket and lighten up his face in certain flat areas. Trying out that value study Carly, Thanks so much for the advice!