Guthrie’s Art Journal

The painted funeral director
March 5, 2009, 10:35 pm
Filed under: Art, Illustration, painting | Tags: ,
funeral director version 2
Bodge phone photo of the director shot at Camberwell

This is my first acrylic painting in many years. In fact in my be the first one since I left school. So not to shabby an effort although the background is still in progress.

So we’ll see how it stands up next week against where other part-timers are at.

I know very much that the background colours need to be more muted and pushed back to create a less flat perspective.

funeral director
Scan of the painting in progress

I used an acrylic pad at the suggestion of one the crew on the course. It’s not too shabby as a medium for painting having quite a good texture. Here you can see the stage before I started painting in the red curtains. Acrylic paint is very unforgiving but I kind of like that, it forces you to make creative decisions about what your doing. I also found I had to stop to let the piece just sit before charging on.
Acrylic dries quite quickly but not so fast that you don’t get time to consider where to next. I did want it stay wet longer at times so I could work it in a bit more but maybe that’s what oil paint is for!

I will post another version of this once I get it back and fill in the background more completely.


Taking aim
February 11, 2009, 6:20 pm
Filed under: Art, digital art, Painter, painting | Tags: , , ,
takes aim sketch
Adventurer takes aim sketch

This is the original sketch and now I’m working on a digitally painted version.

takes aim painting
Adventurer takes aim painting in progress

So this is a completely digital painting using Painters acrylic brush selection and really just blocking out the tonal ranges at this point. You can still see the faint outline of the source sketch overlayed.

I’ve taken my cue from my reading of concept art painting as well as my someone limited knowledge of traditional acrylic painting.

The backdrop is something I roughed up in Bryce to give me something to work against. It’s all a bit of an experiment to try and work out a process from sketch to final piece and how best to work.

The brushes are surprisingly realistic in there response but the differences take some getting used to. It’s interesting that although you can theoretically paint over and over till you ‘get it right’ that many times it’s better just to move on and leave the imperfections.