Tuesday, 6 July 2010

LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT II, 8" x 6", mixed media on gessoed card, 2010

This is another transformation of my sketches to colour. I worked from memory with some notes I added on my sketch.

Here I used this sketch as a springboard and went a bit wild with my imagination.

This is how I went about it.

1.I sketched the face on a lightly ochre/brown washed toned surface, with a mixture of Terra Rosa and ultramarine blue.

2. Working this way brings an immediate harmony to the piece as the browns and ochers quickly form a warm colour scheme.

3. Then I used very light washes of skin tones to throw the interplay of light and shade on her face.

4. After this I used a very small sable rigger to put the main features in with delicate touches.

5. Now, I added in the dark "hoody" she had on, and the light beige jacket she was wearing, after this it looked OK and I thought it was fine and finished. I had left the background as the initial wash of ochre/brown, but it didn't bring out her face, there was some sort of clash.

6. So I decided to darken the background, that helped a bit. Then I did a bit of
scratching back with my Biro to enhance some lines and her hair.

7. Then I introduced coloured pencil marks when the piece was touch dry. This helped to spice up the value balance and add a varied mark to the oil brush-strokes.

8. Finally I added more wild strokes with my coloured pencil to spice up the background, so it would have a spontaneous effect that goes along with the title I planned to give the piece.


Sadami said...

Dear Adebanji,
Very fascinating to know a process. Thank you for sharing the precious information.

adebanji said...

Thanks Sadami-"Dear Adebanji,
Very fascinating to know a process. Thank you for sharing the precious information.

Jesus Estevez said...

Good work Adebanji,you are in proving very fast.Cheers

adebanji said...

Thanks Jesus Estevez!

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SKIZO said...

Fascinating work.
It has been delightful
to visit your gallery.
Good Creations

Antonio said...

Hi Adebanji,
I liked your work, is simply wonderful.
I also use Winsor & Newton materials, are very good.
I will accompany more times.
Hugs from Brazil

. said...

I loved exploring your blog. And as Sadami said, it is indeed very fascinating to know the process.

Gary Keimig said...

really great work. Wonderful portraiture

hmuxo said...

Amazing work! I always like to see your work in process...you seem to pick up their personality with your paintings.