365 Pages: Week 41 (Paintings)

Monday, October 14, 2013

Back to personal paintings, with a good bunch of fantasy-themed pieces this week. Some of them skew kind of dark, but I guess that’s how it goes sometimes. I’ve been wanting to do a Medusa for a while, too, so it’s nice to have gotten to do that this week.

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365 Pages: Week 40 (Self-Portraits)

Sunday, October 6, 2013

One more week of self-portraits!

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365 Pages: Week 39 (Self-Portraits)

Monday, September 30, 2013

More self-portraits this week. Enjoy!

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365 Pages: Week 38 (Self-Portraits)

Monday, September 23, 2013

This week, self-portraits! With very dramatic lighting.

So I’m trying something different this week, painting from my own photo reference. I recently picked up a basic photography lighting setup so I could take better reference photos, and actually control the lighting the way I want.

The setup I’m using is essentially the exact setup described on Strobist’s Lighting 101 guide (external flash mounted on a light stand, connected to the camera using a sync kit). My setup is actually even more spare than that, because I didn’t even use an umbrella to diffuse the light — just a direct flash. But this way I get those dramatic, interesting cast shadows that painters love and photographers always want to avoid.

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365 Pages: Week 37 (Painterly)

Monday, September 16, 2013

Continuing to experiment with this natural media brush, approaching this week’s paintings the same way I would approach an oil painting, with lots of large bold strokes and raw colors mixed together right on the canvas.

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