I truly intended to paint tonight, but… I’m tired, and this lineart is all I can manage. G’night!
I regret that I made it all the way through my teens and twenties without ever getting an undershave, gutless wimp that I was (am). This painting is about as close as I’ll ever come to having that hairstyle myself…
Have you met my new best friend? It’s Liquitex’s Airbrush Medium, and by gum, this just might be the answer to my prayers: a medium that makes acrylics just slick and blendable enough to make your life easier while still drying within a reasonable amount of time.
Ok, so I’ve fallen off the wagon a bit (a lot) for this “30 Paintings in 30 Days” challenge, but in my defense, I did say that I might not be able to keep up the pace all the way through. (The village was already burning when I got here, Ma’am. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it).
And what strange paintings these are! First of all, painting hair is totally different from painting faces because hair is essentially a shape, or collection of shapes. Consequently, they’re coming out a lot rougher and more slap-dash than the portrait studies from the last challenge.
I *think* I like them, even if they weren’t at all what I expected.
Dry-brushing appears to be my go-to method for painting hair. So of course, I’m going to shake things up and try oils for the next one!
Done while listening to an episode of the “Trekabout” podcast, which I’m choosing to name-drop just because I think it’s a podcast that should be on every discerning geek’s podcast playlist.
I have survived both the Xmas season AND my first few weeks back at a full-time job, so obviously, I’m going to push my luck and attempt another “30 Paintings in 30 Days” challenge! Nothing to it, amirite?
(In all seriousness, I really doubt I’ll be able to crank out all 30 paintings, but if I can produce maybe half of that, I’ll consider myself successful.)
My choice of theme this time around is a slight variation on the last one: instead of face studies, I’ll be doing hair studies. Painting or drawing hair has always been a weakness of mine and is usually where I cut corners. I’m hoping that this self-imposed hair-painting bootcamp will be just the thing to either cure me of my particular aversion or make me avoid it forevermore!
So here’s the first one out the gate! I had a lot less time to work on it than my face studies from the previous challenge so I went for a more simplified style. I miss my persnickety ways, but there’s a boldness to it that I like.
What I learned with this painting:
- Cadmium Orange is a take-no-prisoners colour. Proceed with caution (unless, y’know, you actually WANT that elusive “Cheez Whiz” tint to your background). See reference to “boldness” above.
What I’ve learned with this theme so far (yes! already!):
- finding good images of the back of people’s heads isn’t NEARLY as easy as finding good images of people’s faces. This could be tricky…
I thought that it might be fun and different to try copying a proper oil painting. I was blown away by the Beaver Hall Group show at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts a little while back, so I opted for a classic 1920’s portrait by one of my favourite painters from that group, Lilias Torrance Newton.
Between the stress of the job search and the U.S. election, I have fallen back on fanart as a coping mechanism. Today’s drawing is the last of the reds for this year’s Huevember challenge.
I’ve been pretty quiet lately, but I’ve been busy! Not only have I been on the hunt for a job, but I also had to wrap up this commission for a long-time loyal client. I’m always happy to come up with new G.I.Joe art, and the money I made from it paid for a new pair of ankle boots – just in time for a job interview! Huzzah!