Thursday, 8 April 2010

MISERY, 8" x 8", Mixed Media on Canvas Board, 2010

This is another transformation from black and white to colour, using no colour references but working from memory. What drew me to this man was his interesting features, even though his face looked a bit hardened, there was a bit of beauty in the midst of the storms. I sketched this guy on the 30th of March last month, so his features were still fresh in my mind.

I went about this piece, thus

1. Stain the canvas board with a mixture of burnt sienna and raw umber oil washes

2. When happy with the background staining. I sketch the face in, with my sable brush pointed to give delicate marks of precision.

3. I went on to finish the sketching with oil washes and some thicker paint in the lighter areas, keeping all my colours with a more tonal feel, something I planned to experiment upon.

4. When the oil dried up, I now tried something quite new, I worked back to get the drawing with a ball point pen(bic biro, as I normally call them)I did this also to create some textures and a "etchy feeling" to the surface.

5. After that, I used some brown coloured pencils to add some light and spontaneity to the face, just to create some mood as it was almost lacking a bit of spark.

6. Then it was time to quit before further ruins


Janet Pantry said...

Wonderful sketch and fabulous painting Adebanji! There's so much character in that face and I really like your choice of colours.

Anonymous said...

I didn't realize these media could mix together so well, especially ball point pen. Nice work!

Lokelani Forrest said...

I think this painting/drawing shows so much emotion. You've done a great job and so interesting to know how it was done.

adebanji said...

Thanks Janet!

adebanji said...

Thanks Lokelani!

adebanji said...

Thanks Tracey, I didn't know myself that's why experiments sometimes pay off!

Sadami said...

Dear Adebanji,
I have a and I have the same or very similar thoughts about painting and human figures. Regarding this work, a mood and colors tell me the man's story well. Technically, your way inspires me so much. Please keep up your wonderful work!
Kind regards,

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James Parker said...

These facial series you're doing are so very moving and expertly done. Outstanding.