I’m finishing out the last day of 2011 by working on art. The last couple weeks have been filled with contemplation, planning, and plotting, and I am so excited about things to come in the following months, including a return to writing tutorials.
Glass Vase and Candle - WIP2
4″x5″ oil paint on canvas
Reference is one of my own photos
In this layer I added brighter candle reflections in a very pale yellow.
Project: Glass Vase and Candle
Pentacle Candle and Apple - WIP2
3″x5″ oil paint on canvas board
Reference is my own photo
In this layer I brightened up the red of the apple, as well as brightening and better defining the white on the candle.
Project: Pentacle Candle and Apple
Familiar - WIP4
Oil paint on gallery wrapped canvas, 9″x12″x2″
Reference: One of my own photos of Ringo
I added some white detailing around the eye, as well as the whiskers above the eyes. I then stared at the overall painting for a bit, because I was very, very unhappy with the entire composition of the lighting. I wanted to give the appearance that the eyes are glowing, but it looked very confusing with the back lighting being so strong. Thus, I colored over all the backlighting with a thin layer of black, also adding some shade detailing around the muzzle.
I’m not sure if I will be doing any more work to this painting, so it’s a WIP submission. At the very least, I will take a better photo once the current layer is dry, so the tones are true.
Complete Contentment - WIP6
5″x7″ Masonite board
This one probably seems odd as part of a progression. I added a thin layer of yellow over the entire painting, which greatly decreased the contrast and brightness of each individual part already colored. I did this to even the tones a bit before layering again, to help hide the pencil showing through, and to completely eliminate any white spots still showing. In the future, I will do this kind of a layer to begin with.
Project: Complete Contentment