Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Drawing Corrections on a quick oil sketch

This is one of those quick oil sketches that I will discard immediately after the session is over, but in this case I decided to use it as a didactical exercise.
With the help of Photoshop I corrected the most evident drawing mistakes I found on this sketch. For this particular session there were many things that went wrong since the beginning, 
I not going to mention them, just because I don't want to use them as an excuse, but the the main reason for these errors to occur was lack of concentration from my part.
One of the things that I most love about these craft is that it requires your full attention and engagement very time you are  drawing or painting something.
So here it is an animated gif showing what I painted and how I feel it should have been.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

3 Step Sketch

This is a 3 steps process of a quick oil sketch painted from a live model.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Oil Sketch

Oil sketch painted from live. what a great exercise is to paint from live model.

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

The Laocoon

Finally, after all this time I finished the Laocoon. It took me a while to get it done due to the limited amount of time that I had to invest on it, but little by little it was done.
I feel that I have learned so much with this piece, I enjoyed working on it big time, I sincerely could have spent a few more sessions working on it, but one of the lessons learned is that we have to move on, it is never going to be perfect and it is never going to be exact, we just have to know when to stop. I'm happy I did this exercise and that I completed it, at moments while working on it,  I felt it was going to be an unfinished piece.  It is good to challenge ourselves and push our limits a bit more each time, it allows us to grow in all aspects. My next challenge will be a still life, I have never been to crazy about them but I think it is an important exercise, so let's see what comes out of this next project.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Poster Studies

Poster studies are a very helpful exercise to do before confronting your actual painting, they are not exactly a sketch but more of a tonal and value study of your future painting.
They offer a clear understanding of the overall tone and temperature of your composition, they help you to easily identify big masses and planes in your subject, and resolve your drawing in a simple way without any attention to details.
Poster studies should be done fairly quickly and preferably in a small size. These examples below are about 6 in by 9 in. They were done from live models and were a lot of fun to do. I can't wait to do more of these.