This semester I am taking an Oil Painting class which I am excited about even though its difficult to share my enthusiasm about oil painting because it requires so much patience and attention. While there are many different techniques for painting in oil the most common (and traditional) method is painting in layers. Because the painting is done in layers it is not something that should be rushed or can be completed in one sit down. This method appeals to me. It requires planning and structure and organized thought, which are all things that I thrive on in order to create meaningful art. I have never been the stereotypical “messy artist” with an unorganized studio or messy work space ready to create a masterpiece at any time. I enjoy clean areas and organized supplies and a plan to create my art, and that is what traditional oil painting is all about. So here are some photos of the Oil studies I have been working on the last couple of weeks.
Alrighty, so about a week and a half ago I made my first sketchbook! Over the course of a couple weeks whenever my wife and I went grocery shopping I asked for paper bags instead of plastic. Then I did my own recycling of the paper bags. I cut them up into long squares, folded them in half and sowed them together with some wax string. I glued part of a put up coke-can box to the front and back flaps for covers. All in all i’m pretty happy with how it turned out.
And here is the first drawing I’ve done in it. Its a portrait of my wife, Ashley. I really like how the colors turn out with the brown colored paper. I had to crop the image of the portrait so the quality isn’t that great.
Here are some sketches I did last semester between classes. These are from figurines at the Marjorie Barrack Museum. Done with Pencil, Pen, and Watercolors.
Maya Ceremonial Vessel
Jester God – Emblem of Rulership
The Gulf of Mexico.
Maya Ceremonial Vessel
Huehueteotl – Old God
These drawings were tons of fun, I used the smallest technical pen I had (.005) for all of them. I was walking around campus and saw some guy sitting outside the law school and he was smoking a tabacco pipe, I don’t think I ever remember seeing anyone use one of those except in movies, so I decided to incorporate that in a drawing somehow, and the rest of it just happened.
Here are some close-ups.
Prismacolor Technical Pen/Marker Thingy