Thursday, 20 August 2009
Solitude Satisfaction, 8" x 8", Oil on linen canvas board, 2009
This is another transformation. I sketched this guy a while back and I have always wanted o paint him because of his large turban. Funny enough I am never really pleased with the colour results as much as the sketches.
I have used very direct painting here.
Block by block, section by section without any colour reference but just an experiment of taking the sketches a step further.
1. Transfer the sketch to the canvas board, I enlarged the sketch to the size of the canvas and then rubbed graphite at the back of the paper, then used a pen to make lines which gave me an accurate image.
2. Then starting from the check bone, I worked section by section, painting shapes and blocks of colour, moving along the canvas.
3. Each area was resolved before moving to another, so there was no after-detailing in this method.
4. I only tidying up some edges around the background and profile and called it a day after 2 hours!
Alla Prima is great especially when looking for spontaneous results like this one!