Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Work In Progress
I haven't really done a full blown "wip" in a long time but I keep getting asked about my process so I thought I'd show you how I do what I do. You may or may not be surprised or disappointed that I paint very straight forward, no tricks, no masking fluids, no white, no stretched paper, not even taped down onto a board, just good old fashioned "brush, paper and water" oh, and I guess paint helps! :0)
The first step is to draw out the image, now drawing to draw is much different than drawing for a painting, I try not to add every little detail because I want to do that with paint. I definitely don't shade anything because the graphite makes colors look dirty. I also try to stay on the lite side with the pencil pressure so I don't have any ghost lines or have the lines show through the pigments where I don't want them to show.
The colors I'm using for this stage is New Gamboge, Permanent Rose, Permanent Blue (because I ran out of Ultra Marine) and a little Burnt Sienna, oh and lots of water! I'm painting on Arches 140lb coldpress paper.
The technique I most like to use is wet into wet because I like watching the colors move around and mix together and also to drop other colors into the wash. I like to say "slop it on and make it work!" and the most important part of any painting for me is to have chocolate while I'm waiting for things to dry! yum!
Stay tuned for more!