A study to improve my color imagination, the ability to get more "creative" with color without making things look (too) wrong. I prefer to do those electronically because of the undo button. By simply trying lots of things without the hassle of scratching paint off, I expose myself to a large number of color combinations and hope to improve more efficiently.
21 cm x 29.7 cm (A4), Oil, 60 min time-limited. Happy with it. Mr. Lafer is from Franconia, a german region with a sweet dialect. The T is pronounced as a D, C and K like a G. P as a B. I am bissed begause sere is so much on googing on delevision and so liddle on bainding!
30 cm x 20 cm, 1 liter acrylic paint on the left half of the canvas, 0.02 microliter finest oil paint on the right half.
I read that the 80 richest people own as much as the poorer half of the world population. Averaged, an individual of the 80 owns about 45 million times more than an individual of the poorer 3.6 billion. At first glance, one may find this unfair. After thinking about it, i find a ratio of 1 to 45 million not really dramatic anymore. Impressive I find the ratio between the volumes of Lake Michigan and the sun, for instance. The volume of the sun is about 3e14 (300'000'000'000'000) times larger. That is a lot and a demonstration of the proportion would be on the scale of artworks by Christo and Jeanne-Claude! Compared to that, the unequality of wealth is almost negligible and one can show this proportion with paint on a small canvas. The amount of black paint (1 liter) on the left half of the canvas represents the 3.6 billion people, a proportionally smaller amount (0.022 microliter, the volume of a cube with a size just below 0.3 mm) applied on the right represents the 80. Small but still easily recognizable by eye. Okay, what comes to my aid here is that the 80 are all on one spot. Why actually? They must be having a meeting or something...
The 80 Conference Agenda: ▪️Protection of the wealth of the 80 with consideration of humanitarean aspects ▪️Strategies to promote the drive to populate planet Mars ▪️Funding of schoolbooks with dish washer stories in all languages ▪️Funding of a technology making sullage drinkable ▪️Privatization of the sea
I had my doubts about this. Why should I learn to draw a head using a standard and why try to create a kind of 3D sketch? Every head is different, so why learn standards at all? Why 3D sketch and not simply draw/paint what i see in front of me? Will the 3D look not come automatically if my drawing is accurate? There is no simple answer but simply a very strong argument for me to move into this more seriously now. I have been looking into many portraiture tutorials online. Those people that start out by constructing the 3 dimensional form of the head on their canvas (instead of just measung distances in the object plane) accomplish portraits that look way better. To teach myself, I follow the explanations given by Andrew W. Loomis, author of some of the most famous (and beautiful) instructional art books. Link to "Drawing the head and the Hands" by Andrew Loomis
I believe in the old latin
principle: The best way to learn is to teach! If
this principle is true, learning from anybody who teaches is second best, at best....
Front view construction of Mr. Standard in words:
Draw a circle (but think of it as a sphere) with center cross. The horizontal is the brow line. Indicate hair line, then nose and chin line. those horizontals are equidistant. Cut out the sides of the sphere, such that the height of the resulting flat surfaces is 2/3 of that of the sphere. Draw the shape of the chin. The top of the ear lies on the brow line, the bottom at the nose line. The eyes line is located in the middle plane between top of the head and chin. The mouth is located at 1/3 of the nose chin distance.
In front view things look pretty flat, the true advantage of this approach becomes apparent at other viewing angles and perspective comes into play.
Ear located between brow line and nose line, just behind the the center of the flat side plate.
Pencil, 7 min 20 s each, that's the time my TV automatically unfreezes after i press hold... for whatever reason. Found my progress curves in painting flattening out, a good point of time to put the focus on drawing, an area i have pretty much neglected the recent weeks.
Newsie: After so many studies your paintings still do not sell and some critics state your painting is nowhere, to put it kindly. For how long will you stick to your coach?
Painter: You are rising a valid point there. Nobody is happy with the current situation, of course. At the recent meeting of the board of directors voices became prevalent saying the need for good color in painting is overrated and that adequate choice of subject is much more important with regards to economic success. The leadership has agreed to not watch this any longer but decided to take hard and immediate measures. It has informed the coach that the collaboration will end by the next meeting of the board already, if the situation is not found to be dramatically better.
There was this song on the radio when i did this one. Didn't get the text really so i changed it a bit...
--- Who let the blocks out? Who? Who? Who? That's me, man, to work on my color. The old honcho told me do Cause it's the funk stuff to really improve. And where's the point to paint without color? Refrain... Good color is rare, more precious than gold. The reason my shit is not being sold. Stop dicing you fool, about time for a change No apples or cups will do us the same ... Flowers or fruits sweet as a girl. Stay in your garden watching them grow? Go round the blocks and be up for a test. Show them your colors to see who's the best.
... It took 20 years for them to be cool. Ask them on blocks now, how many or few? Think there's no way to get there much faster? So keep doing the stuff that you never will master.
... Pureness of color is what we are about. Forget what the rest thinks, throwing the mud. They don't see the beauty, simple and clean. Cool man you got it and know what i mean. Now get the blocks out! You! You! You! ;-)