Oil Painting

Let’s start off strong. I am taking a class called Materials and Techniques: Mixed Media. What this means is painting a classmate from reference photos. I chose my friend Colby as he does a weekly podcast and I thought it would be fun to illustrate him as a crazy radio host. He was kind enough to allow me to head to his house and take a lot of reference photos of his studio/bedroom and several of him posing for me with all the accoutrement of todays podcast producer.

To start, we had to provide rough sketches for an idea.

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After doing several ideas, I came up with this as the chosen pose. The next step was to take the photo reference and then create a finished line drawing on paper.

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After that, we prepped a smooth coat of gesso on a wood MDF board. The painting will be 20″x30″. The next step is to transfer the drawing to the board and then use graphite to make it a tonal drawing.

I started with him and then added a toned background. I used an eraser to pull highlights back to the white gesso ground. After that I spray sealed it with Crystal Clear to protect the drawing so I could paint over and not loose it. Once the clear coat was dry I used Burnt Umber to lay a middle tone down.

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Next I started laying in the tones in pure grayscale. I started with his face and this is as far as I have gotten. I’ll spend the whole semester on this one project. It’s gonna be good.

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Once again, Thanks for checking in. More to follow soon.

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