I began a series of class demo's in January (different subject for each class). The following are the stages for Thursday evening class DEMO of one of my students, Mandy.
|Beautiful Mandy taken in my studio using North Light|
|WEEK 1: Surface is Masonite primed with Zinsser 123 Bullseye (from Home Depot)|
lightly sanded between coats
30 minute Charcoal sketch for class
|I usually add a poster edges filter from |
PhotoShop to isolate values
|WEEK 2: I lay in the first layer of Raw Umber & White|
according to the values in the photo, thinking mosaically.
About 30 to 45 minute demo.
|I used the stiffest Raw Umber & White that I had. Thin paint|
did not work well on the masonite surface. Too slick & did not cover well.
|WEEK 3: I move to a grayscale image|
for reference with no poster edges filter.
No color to get in the way.
Much easier to judge areas of value.
|I begin using a long flat mongoose brush to soften edges together |
without loosing the planes.
I would rather over soften at this stage.
It's easy to go back in and add sharp crisp edges where needed.
Much more life like to work into a soft blurred form.
|About 3/4 the way in, I often place my painting beside the original |
and grayscale both to check values & drawing.
Errors in drawing and value will pop when you do this.
It is like turning the image upside down or placing in a mirror,
and is a way to fool the eye/brain into thinking it is a new image.
I worked on this for about an hour after it dried to correct the values and drawing.
The RIGHT eye was off and had to be moved.
|WEEK 4: final stage in the grisaille portion. I used a cardboard palette in order to pull as much oil out of paint as possible. Applied paint with stumbling method and used my finger to soften skin tones.|
TOTAL Project Time so far: approximately 2 1/2 hours.
Painting is now ready for oil color glazes.
This is a wonderful way to divide the steps into manageable chunks.
First DRAW, second add value, finally add color.
I will post the final image when I get done. Ice storm today so it looks like no classes this week.
I am so excited to put color on. I may have to video and then show the class the video!!
VIDEO of this project coming soon to my YOU TUBE Channel