Friday, June 17, 2011

Painting - Mixed Media Portrait - Complete

Today was the last day at TAFE for this semester. We are now on a 4 week break. We all had to hand in our work from class for mid-year assessment this afternoon, which was organised chaos!

Before handing in our work, I still had a couple of hours of painting class to finish this portrait. The teacher had some great suggestions so I was able to fix a couple of things I was unhappy with. It is still not exactly what I would like in a portrait but I am quite pleased with it.

Next Friday we go back to TAFE in the afternoon to collect all our work, but other than that I can now relax and not think about art for a few weeks. My brain definitely needs the down time!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Ceramics - Slab Bowl

Started work on the next project for ceramics today. We are to make a bowl using a slab of clay, rather than coil built. I used the slab roller to flatten a piece of clay and then laid it over the form I chose to use.



Then I just had to press the slab over the form, smooth and trim, and then once happy with the shape use a heat gun to set the shape a bit before removing it from the form.

Next will be decoration, for which I will use a design I came up with for the last project but didn't use.


However, I now have four weeks off TAFE as we hand in everything for assessment this week and then go on holidays. So I will get back to this in July.

I'm really looking forward to this holiday. I think my brain is ready for some down time after the last six months of study. : )

Monday, June 13, 2011

Painting - Mixed Media Portrait - Major work (episode 2)

Continued to work on the portrait today for a couple of hours. I finished the watercolour on it yesterday and started using pastel today.
This is the final watercolour layer.

I've used pastel in the background and on the figure and face. Probably need some more layers of colour in the hair.

I didn't like the pastel background so went over it with water and I'm much happier with the way it looks. I also added water to the shirt, so now only the face and hair have straight pastel, and I much prefer that.

I've had a lot of trouble with the eyes and mouth - which just shows that I do prefer to work with a detailed drawing beforehand. The angle of the subject makes the mouth very hard to see properly, and it is such a weird angle. And at least she doesn't have crazy eyes, they're just not quite right yet.

Here is a close up of the face as it is now. The mouth sort of disappears into the cheek behind it and there is not much difference in the tone between the two, which makes it difficult to draw.

I'll take this into class on Friday and I'm sure my teacher will have some very useful suggestions to finish this.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Drawing - Portrait - Charcoal and Conte Crayon

I almost completed the initial sketch for this in class on Wednesday, but I needed to complete the eye area as I was having a bit of trouble getting that right. So today I sat this on my easel and went for it.

I had just started to put in some of the darkest darks when I remember to take a photo *g* How strange the face looks without any of the lines or shadows to give it shape and interest.


I decided to get to work on the background so using compressed charcoal laid in the dark black background. I then used a wet brush and went over the charcoal to try and get a really dark black for behind the head. I also worked on the shirt using willow charcoal - really happy with the way that is turning out.

And this is where I am leaving this today. He has crazy eyes, so need to fix that and when I go to class I know my teacher is going to tell me that I need to darken areas of the face. But I like to get that feedback before I move on. Now if only I can fix the crazy eyes!

Full sheet of Canson (Ivory) using graphite, Charcoal (black and white) and Conte Crayon (black, white, grey)

Friday, June 10, 2011

Painting - Mixed Media Portrait - Major work

I started this portrait last week in class but really only had the chance to sketch it in and place one small wash of colour onto it before the end of last lesson. Nothing would have shown up on a photograph as the pencil was rubbed back to leave only faint marks. This week I continued to lay on washes of colour using those pencil marks as a guide.

A1 size, Arches medium watercolour paper 300gsm

 This photo was taken after the first light washes on the face and hair.

A light blue wash in the background has been added.

A few more washes of darker colour to begin adding detail to the figure.

Next I have to add some more detail to the lower part of the face and darken the background, then I can move onto other media, which at this stage will probably just be pastel. I think ink would be too harsh for this painting. I also have to be careful not to overdo the pastel, since that is the medium I am more used to working in, as I think it could overpower the watercolour quite easily.

I am enjoying working with watercolour on this portrait. It has been interesting to see the shapes of colour and tone come together to form the face. Now I just have to keep it looking like a child's face.

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Ceramics - Ritual Vessel - WIP#9

My pot is still drying but today I was able to add a coat of engobe in preparation for bisque firing.





I love seeing the pot covered in colour, although it won't end up this colour at all. It is just an undercoat really and once I put the underglaze on after this has been bisque fired, the engobe will show through that final colour to give the piece some interesting texture and colour.

It took about an hour and a half to cover the whole pot with the engobeas it took a long time to get the colour into the nooks and crannies of the design.

Drawing - Vanitas style - Completed

I finished working on the Vanitas drawing today. I'm very happy with the way it has turned out. I have come to love using charcoal through these last few projects. It is so easy to use and manipulate, if a little messy *g*.

Sunday, June 05, 2011

Drawing- Vanitas style - WIP#2

I continued to work on the Vanitas-style drawing in the last drawing class. Finally got around to photographing it today to post.

A1 size, Canson (Cream colour)
Charcoal and Conte crayons (black, white and greys)

Still have some more shadows to darken and need to lay down the envelopes a bit more with some shadows which I have just realised are not there. But I am happy with the way this is looking. Should finish this at the beginning of the next class.

Our next, and last project for this semester will be a portrait, also in black, white and grey. As this will also be A1 size it will be an interesting exercise as I haven't done a portrait this size before. I just need to get a good portrait photo taken between now and Wednesday  - in the style of Max Dupain - how do I become as good a photographer as him in two days? lol

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Ceramics - Ritual Vessel - WIP#8

All of the design work is completed on the ritual vessel I have been working on - yay!!

I forgot to take my camera today so I only have mobile phone pics - not the clearest images but better than nothing : )






I enjoyed carving out the flowers - a lot of work but worth doing.

Next step is to choose the glaze and paint it on. As this is based on a 400-600BC Chinese Bronze ritual vessel, we are limited in the colours we will use. I am leaning towards using a bronze glaze. We had a few other options but I wasn't really happy with any of them so I think the bronze is it.