A Week of Art

This has been a great week. With work being slow, I’ve been able to spend a good deal of time on making art. On Sunday I finished coloring a two-page spread for my children’s book.

picturebookpage

I spent a lot of time working on this spread, but I think there are still a few things to be tweaked. I’m gonna let it sit for a little bit and come back to it once I’ve finished other pages.

With the pages done, on Monday I got started on a tea-themed still life.

20140202-112353.jpgInstead of roughing out the shapes with pencil, I used burnt umber and some medium to get a wash of my still life.

20140202-112405.jpg

Because I wanted the focus of the painting to be on the teapot, that is where I started. I spent quite a while mixing different greens to see how they would work.

20140202-112416.jpg

I don’t usually paint things with patterns, but I decided to mix things up and throw in a plaid table cloth and a plaid backdrop.

20140202-112439.jpg

My initial plan with this still life was to overwhelm the green pot with complementary reds. As I got to painting, I realized it is hard to mix so many different reds.

20140202-112519.jpg

One of my last tasks was to develop the contrast in the painting and hopefully unify the objects.

IMG_0063

Because it was meant to be a quick painting, I did not spend too much time developing the intricacies and details. But in the end, I’m satisfied with what I was able to accomplish

20140202-112611.jpgAnd here’s a shot of my work station.

Though I only worked on my still life for a little bit each day, I was also working on some digital drawings. I continued using RedditGetsDrawn to find interesting people for subjects. I did a drawing every day. Sunday’s drawing was in last week’s post, so I’ll start with Monday’s.

reddit1

Monday I started with user mcgroo‘s photo of his father.
reddit2

Then on Tuesday I worked on user toastehmonstah‘s portrait. (Step 1)reddit3

(Step 2)
reddit4

(Step 3)

reddit5

On Wednesday, I was going to do my girlfriend’s submission, but I wound up frustrated with the colors. So I picked a different user and worked on that photo instead.

reddit6

User keiseroll‘s submission was the answer to my struggles.

reddit7

On Thursday, I did user planetaqua‘s portrait.

reddit8

On Friday, I found user Aniolla‘s portrait and I loved the lighting. So I did a quick drawing of Aniolla and then found a photo to work on for Saturday.

reddit9

The photo I found was scrambledramble‘s chihuahua.

reddit10By the time I started working on the chihuahua, I had a week’s worth of practice under my belt and I was able to get the best likeness. Hopefully I’ll be able to continue doing a reddit drawing a day.

Advertisements

One thought on “A Week of Art

  1. Pingback: A Return to the Past | Oil and Pen

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s