December 24, 2013

Another Grisaille

Another crack at doing a Grisaille. It's weird, I've seen the grisaille method taught a couple of different ways so I'm not sure which is really the "right" one. The way I'm trying it here is the way Rob Liberace teaches it on his DVD entitled "Grisaille." I don't have this method down perfect as I'm still learning, but it is fun just giving it a shot.

11 x 14 - Oil on linen

December 13, 2013

Something Different

So I thought I'd try something a little different for me. Today at the Friday live model painting session at Bay Arts I decided to limit my color palette and go for a kind of "chiaroscuro" effect using basically a grisaille technique. It was fun, concentrating mostly on value with only a little warm and cool consideration. I may just try some more of this as I think it might help my overall painting efforts. Taking this shot with my camera I think there is some glare that is affecting the image and so I might try re-taking it later and updating. It's weird but some of the darks have separated and jump out in a way that you don't see in person, but I decided to go ahead and post it anyway so for now you can see it more or less.

Even with fewer colors to think about I think I may still have gone a little overboard with the value of the shadows, but overall it was still a good experience.

Michael - Chiaroscuro
11 x 14 - Oil on Linen

December 09, 2013


Another practice attempt. Just trying to get better. I think some of the values may have gotten a little "jumpy." I'm not sure if the values are holding the form together. I'd like to get a little tighter with my values overall.  By that I mean I think at times I over or underestimate them to where things can get a little disjointed looking. They're not super far off, but enough to where they bother me some.

Oh well, like I said, just trying to get better. 

Oh and BTW, I didn't catch the models name again so I made one up.

Oil on Canvas Paper - 11 x 14