To break the month-long hiatus we have with us Christopher Moltisanti from The Sopranos to get the show back up and running again. I’ve been experimenting with watercolor portraits recently. From lots of splashing and brush dashes something decent emerges from time to time. I’m fairly pleased with this one, although I could do more to bring forth the light.
‘As thy paint shadows, thy shall bring forth light’, you can quote me on that.
I openly admit that I was to afraid to paint his fabulous hair in fear of ruining a otherwise successful portrait.
Another tribute to DotA 2. The coldest of all heroes – Ancient Apparition. Took me about 2,5 hours. I’m pretty happy with the results, but I overworked a bit towards the end.
Next up is a quick pencil portrait of Ambrose Burnside. I actually learned from this that the term ‘sideburns’ comes from this fellow. Salute!
Being a big fan of DotA 2(especially its artwork/visual style) I decided to try my luck on a hero portrait. Clockwerk is one of my favorites visually, I guess that’s why I decided on him. The piece took me about 2,5 hours from inital drawing to completion. It was initally just meant as a simple doodle, so I skimped a bit on the drawing. This resulted in a few mistakes that I’m sure any DotA 2 lover would notice. I overdid it a bit towards the end. so it lost its fresh, loose impression. I’m pretty happy nonetheless.
Winsor & Newton Cotman on Canson Montval(Hot Pressed).
It’s been a while since last time. For the last week and a half I’ve been experimenting/practicing watercolors. It’s a sensational medium, and the flow of the water is always as exciting. It’s very unpredictable, be it good or bad. I’m quite happy with some of my results, and I’m determined to keep on splashing and discover the ways of watercolor.
I’ve been experimenting a lot with a palette limited to 6 colors – 3 warm and 3 cool(Ultramarine Blue, Pthalo Blue, Cadmium Yellow Hue, Lemon Yellow Hue, Cadmium Red Hue and Alizarin Crimson). I use a lot of mixed neutrals to cover the painting, and also to mute already mixed colors. This apple was done in a very expressionistic manner with much use of mixed neutrals. It was primarily aimed as a study for moisture control and dry-on-wet application.
Not much to say here. A simple banana to practice moisture control, layering and using complementary colors for shading.
Some sort of rain forest/tropical frog. I liked it because the colors of its legs are the complementary to those of the body and vice versa(Orange and Blue). I always try to achieve looseness in my paintings, and this worked out pretty well.
The size of this piece was too big for my scanner, so I had to use my cellphone to photograph it. ‘Expressive’ watercolor picture based on the Lincoln drawing posted earlier. I decided to paint everything besides Lincoln himself. What I did was use masking fluid to mask out all the shapes from the drawing and paint everything around these shapes. Quite happy with the result. I guess the colors of choice is pretty obvious. Colors used were W&N Cotman, Prussian blue and Cadmium Red Deep(Hue).
I’m not sure, but I think these are nectarines. Watercolor piece done in an expressive style.
Disclaimer: The photograph seriously doesn’t do the watercolors justice, they appear faded and not at all as brilliant.