Started drawing Surpina first this morning but left it incomplete as we were going out visiting art galleries. Saw quite a few interesting paintings by upcoming artists from India. We plan to cover a few more over the next few days. Returned and convinced Sangeeta to let me draw her while she was taking a nap. I used some nice, soft buttery charcoal from Sangeeta’s big box of Derwent’s Sketching Collection. Pencil and Charcoal on 30 X 22 Indian handmade paper.
Read about Fake Dane’s request to Jana to make his portrait on the Every Day Matters Yahoo Group and off I went to Jana’s to check it out. She’d mentioned that there was an invite to join in. It looked tough and I thought that I’d give it a miss. But the thing about digests is that when the next person jumps on board you get to read about it again and then the next. I went and checked out the photo references on his blog. This time I decided to give it a go. Here’s my version. :D I’m writing asking for one in return and I hope he will oblige. Shall update this post when I hear from him.
Update: Mar 28, 2007 : I heard from Fake Dane earlier today and he liked my version too. :D Here’s the link to the post on his blog. He dabbles in photography, film and not drawing as so has decided to give making mine a miss :D He’s looking out for more so if you’re interested download one of his photo references from the links above and give it a go.
Quite a few people have asked me about these “digital scratchboards”. I’ve put down my process below. I have to admit that I haven’t used a scratchboard IRL as I haven’t located one in the art shops here.
1. I’ve used Art Rage 2 to make this and the earlier digital scratchboards.
2. The first step was to create a template for the background. I used the roller tool set at 34%. Black paint was applied with horizontal strokes overlapping slightly followed by similar vertical strokes. This is the process I follow for applying gesso on canvas.
3. With this one I made a slight variation. After saving a copy with a new name I added another layer and made a rough sketch with a red marker tool. This stood out very well against the black background and also would not interfere with the white lines I was going to erase.
4. I then went back to the original layer and used the eraser tool at 1% width to erase using the red lines as reference.
5. mistakes were filled in with the roller tool set at 1%. the only problem was that it looked darker than the shade made with the larger roller tool.
6. for the background the eraser tool was changed to 8%. In retrospect i think I would’ve liked the lines to be spaced out more.
Few thoughts for the next attempt.
to check out some scratchboard samples on the web to see how shading negatively is handled.
to draw out a value scale of 3 or 5 prior to starting the drawing. this area could certainly take a lot of improving :D
to add another layer for making the background.
If you have any other suggestions or advice please do leave me a comment.
I’ve been postponing trying this out right side up. Finally got around to it earlier in the evening. I find that my lines were looser and more confident in the last one that I made. In this one there is more of a likeness. I’ve used brown ink and a Rotring 0.7 technical pen. It’s approx 8″ X 10″ in my sketchbook. Doesnt look brown as I havent cleaned out the pen!
Work on my art resolutions has begun and I’m very pleased about it. But because of this finished pieces and posts will be far fewer for a while.
One of the art blogs that I consider a must read is Katherine Tyrell’s “Making a Mark“. I visit it often. It contains all kinds of useful information and links for artists. A couple of days ago I followed a link from there to Margaret Stiefvater’s post on “How to Juggle and other Parlor Tricks“. The post struck a chord in me and if you too have been procrastinating and need to give yourself a swift kick in the rear to get going, go read it! I’m hoping that the effects last at least a few days. I’m sure I’ll be heading back in a few days to refresh my conveniently failing memory. :D
I started a couple of watercolour portraits of Andrew Wyeth yesterday. Just the first wash layer has been put in. And this morning [wonder of wonders!] I made another upside down Pen & Ink drawing. I used brown ink in the Rotring and black drawing ink for the wash. It doesnt resemble the artist, Maqbool Fida Hussain, who I was trying to capture but I do like most things that I make and this one is no exception. :P I will give it another go but right side up. In the meantime, keep your fingers crossed for me to succeed in my goal of doing some art related activity everyday.
Project Andrew Wyeth continues…. I just cannot seem to resist drawing Andew Wyeth from his photographs. He has so many interesting lines on his face most of which i could not capture and so this is going to stay WIP until I learn a bit more on tackling lines and wrinkles. The first one was made a couple of days back.
Made digitally with oils in Art Rage 2 .
Found the link to this great article on the blog, The Accidental Artist. David Pink has written a very interesting article “What kind of a genius are you?” for Wired. It is about David Galenson’s research on creativity and how he sorts people into two types, essentially – early geniuses (conceptualists) and late bloomers (experimentalists). Galenson has concentrated on the field of art. His research focuses on artists, their work, the money they commanded and the age at which it peaked.
Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) – Les Demoiselles d’Avignon. 1907. Oil on canvas.
Paul Cezzane (1839-1906) – The Smoker. Oil on canvas. c. 1895-1900. Oil on canvas.
Picasso and Cézanne represent radically different approaches to creation. Picasso thought through his works carefully before he put brush to paper. Like most conceptualists, he figured out in advance what he was trying to create. The underlying idea was what mattered; the rest was mere execution. The hallmark of conceptualists is certainty. They know what they want. And they know when they’ve created it. Cézanne was different. He rarely preconceived a work. He figured out what he was painting by actually painting it. “Picasso signed virtually everything he ever did immediately,” Galenson says. “Cézanne signed less than 10 percent.” Experimentalists never know when their work is finished.Galenson says. “But from very early in my career, I knew I could do really good work. I didn’t know exactly how, and I didn’t know when. I just had this vague feeling that my work was going to improve.”
You can see few artists listed by type. If you read the article let me know if you think you veer towards either of these types. Since I cant be a young genius at my age, i’m hoping that I’m an experimentalist :D
A quick sketch of the Painting HOD at the Delhi College of Art. Mr Abhimanue Govindan
The HOD of the Painting department, Abhimanyue introduced me to the work of artists like Freud, Bonnard and Patwardhan. He was very generous and loaned me some books to study. I just fell in love with Lucien Freud’s style and tried copying his self portrait. It was a time when I was drawing directly with the brush and spending about half an hour finishing each piece before falling off to sleep.
This was made with poster colours in a small notebook. The paper in this book is thin and very smooth but I loved it’s bright coloured cover. I was trying to fill it by attempting to make a piece a day. Didnt last very long but I enjoyed the time, painting at night with a breakfast tray full of art supplies. I think I need to dig that tray out again.
After Vasant Vihar and prior to starting Art College, I had a month. Decided to get some extra pointers in sculpting and I joined the course at Anandgram. My understanding was that I would not be able to do large sculptures but would be guided in the making of them through slab work etc. Turned out that they were only interested in teaching pottery.
Spent half of those 8 classes learning centering and the rest trying to do some slab work on my own. The earlier sessions with Ebenezer really came in handy. Finally decided to try something on my own and this was it. I was inspired by a photograph that i had seen in a magazine of a man leading his wife out of the river in Benaras. This piece was based on my recollection of it. I had wanted to put the flakes in to represent water. Maybe someday I’ll have another go at making this.
Took it with me when i started sculpture classes in college but by then it had become very fragile and it broke into several pieces. I managed to save the man and now i have him with me in biscuit form.
Update: July 2007 : It fell of a ledge and is now sitting in a shoebox in a many many pieces. Havent had the heart to chuck it out.