Wednesday, 25 February 2009
Lonely Londoner, 6" x 9", Oil on canvas board, 2009
This transformation was done yesterday from a sketch I did yesterday. this woman just sat in front of me like she was prepared for this.
This was tricky because I haven't attempted a three quarter figure yet and also with oils on an "Alla Prima" technique -It didn't give me my usual freedom, but this is a learning process for me too.
For this piece it was pretty straightforward
1. Give the canvas board a neutral grey background,
2. Sketch the figure in detail with charcoal pencil
3. Without wasting time I paint shape by shape with oil moving from top to bottom. The main things I note are the edges and tones.
4. Suffer when I get to the hand as my reference sketch doesn't have enough information.
5. I try to get back some drawing with the charcoal pencil but it is in vain.
6. Try to play around with haphazard strokes to unify the whole piece.
7. Have to stop because the oil is so wet all over, nothing seems to stay on again.