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Topic: The Arts / Pete's art dump

I haven’t particularly enjoyed Kong’s Art Forum mods or their art policy, so I don’t post here much.

I’m not big on watercolor. Never much enjoyed the technique and find it too challenging for what I get from it. The trick with the sponge brush is to use it like a palette knife. Chop in the pigment; don’t “draw” like you might with a bristle brush. You can sort of see the results when you look closely at some of the the examples above. That Frank Lloyd Wright has a lot of that going on. The drips and mistakes all add character and, as far as I’m concerned, introduce a sort of lazy confidence to the image.

 
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Topic: The Arts / Post Whatever You Are Working On!

Thanks, Mme… I do stuff in other formats and mediums, but quick foam-brush paintings are quick and fun. I’ll mix it up later, but for now I’m enjoying this particular method.

I’m liking your pencil portrait so far. I’d encourage you to let go and draw loosely and lightly… let your hand go. (Kinda like good boxing advice… can’t win if you’re not throwing hands.)

You also might try—especially now that you have a new camera—to snap a portrait of your subject with good, high-contrast lighting. Print it out or trace it right off of your computer monitor. People say tracing is “cheating,” but those are people that don’t draw. Tracing is awesome and builds HUGE skills that will pay out for the rest of your life. Tracing helps you see how shapes are interpreted with drawing tools. That’s the skill behind drawing, basically, so tracing is a great way to get a snapshot of what you’re aiming for. Plus, tracing helps better see the proportions… eye position, chin shape, and so on.

 
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Topic: The Arts / Pete's art dump

It’s hard to know exactly what you mean by “too dark.” If you’re painting, you can certainly experiment with different kinds of paint. Most of the “brown” portraits I’m using acrylic diluted heavily with water. On the last one, Bruce Lee, I switched to black (gloss… it’s all they had) house paint. I don’t like the coverage at all. After I paint it down a little bit I’ll add some water to try to get it more like ink and less like shiny glop. (The white in the last one is still acrylic.)

Brushes matter, too. I’m using cheap sponge brushes for these. When you have good viscosity in your paint, you can control how dark your darks are, (or lights), by how much paint you’re applying. Different brushes behave differently. Brushes with long heads (the bristles) and a fat belly (the back end of the head that holds your paint in the brush), are generally better at modulating quantities than those with very short bodies and narrow, stiff bellies. Do a google image search for watercolor brushes versus oil brushes and you’ll see exactly what I mean.

Whether you’re working with paint, pencil or digitally, you should understand that there are very few things in nature that are truly black. Pupils and the inside of caves are probably it. You should avoid using black unless you’re cartooning. It destroys realism.

 
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Topic: The Arts / Pete's art dump

I’m just taking things as far as I can before they break. I have years of experience doing technical illustrations, so working really fast and sloppy is refreshing.

 
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Topic: The Arts / Post Whatever You Are Working On!

The projector is on and casting the image onto the wall. Again, I can’t take a picture of the projection because I have to turn the lights off.

Here are the tools I’ll basically be using. I have an assortment of cheap sponge brushes and some black acrylic that I mix up by the batch. One batch generally gets me through three or four paintings. I use an old plastic butter container. Not shown is my white paint that I keep in an artichoke heart jar. Protip: If you store your paint in a glass jar, don’t tighten the lid too much. The paint will dry and the lid will get stuck.

With the biggest brush I start laying in some of the broad areas. I try to be loose and aggressive, not noodling around with every little detail but rather trying to block in the basic shapes very quickly. I had to stop to take this picture.

After I have all the biggest black areas chopped in with the big sponge, I go wash it out.

I strongly recommend water-based paints like acrylic. It’s cheap and easy to clean. When I’m done with this batch of paint I’m going to experiment with black house paint. We’ll see how that goes.

Now I’ll go in with the smaller 1" foam brush and hit the details. The eyes are always always always the most important thing to get right. I usually start there because if I screw them up too badly, I’ll save the time wasted by doing other parts that I like a lot. If the eyes don’t work, I toss the painting out and start over.

Here’s what it looks like now that I have the interior parts done with the smaller brush. You’ll notice that any one of the little shapes doesn’t really look like a person, but the sum of them all turned out pretty nicely.

Now I get out my white. I try to go as little white as possible. Less is more, I think.

The white goes in to give the eyes character, build up the other parts. White generally gets used on the brow, eye socket, tip of the nose, lips and chin. Marr has a soft mouth so I didn’t build it up much. I throw some crazy white along the edge to give the whole thing casual interest.

That’s it! It’s done. Start to finish, 12 minutes or so.

 
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Topic: The Arts / Post Whatever You Are Working On!

Here’s the subject. It’s Johnny Marr, guitarist for The Smiths. I love his music and he’s got a cool face. Also, I grabbed photo reference that had lots of contrast in it. That’s important when you’re using a cheap projector. I usually print a few references per sheet to save paper and time.

I have a handy little projector table. This thing is awesome but they’re hard to find. You can stack books on a chair or whatever. I like to prop my images at a slight upward angle so the subjects end up being a little bit thinner on paper. That’s just a personal preference thing. You can shoot your image straight at the wall or even at a severe angle for some crazy distortion.

So I line up old Mr. Marr and put the projector over him. After the projector is on and the lights are off I’ll adjust the scale, focus, position, and all that. I can’t take a picture of that because it’s too dark.

 
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Topic: The Arts / Post Whatever You Are Working On!

Here’s a quick tutorial I just did. I did this painting literally in the space between the last post and this one (plus wrote this).

First, here’s my set-up. I’m using 3’ wide butcher paper from Home Depot. It’s about $15 for a massive roll. It’s in the paint section… it’s drop-cloth paper. Good stuff. Cheap, thick, and toothy. You’ll notice that I have it hanging from the ceiling like a roll of toilet paper.

So I pull down a few feet and tape it directly to the wall.

 
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Topic: The Arts / Post Whatever You Are Working On!

The portraits I use photographic reference. I often project the image onto the wall to get the proportions and likeness right. I don’t want to sit there all day and noodle over “getting it right.” I just want to paint the thing and move on. You still have to “see” what you’re trying to get, but using the projector removes a whole stage of pencil noodling that I don’t have time for.

You can pick up one of these things for about $60. It’s totally worth it if you want to paint large. (These pieces are 3’ wide by 4-5’ tall. They’re pretty monstrous.)

Google search for “Artograph” and you’ll find these things if you poke around.

Digital projectors run from $200+, though they’re coming down fast. That would be a big step up but worth it if you were serious.

 
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Topic: The Arts / Pete's art dump

Ian McShane

Johnny Cash

Frank Lloyd Wright

Colonel Sanders

A creepy Orville Redenbacker

Lance Mountain

 
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Topic: The Arts / Pete's art dump

My friend Stan Shaw

My friend Chris Sharp

Aldous Huxley

Tom Waits

 
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Topic: The Arts / Pete's art dump

Not sure what’s new and what’s already been posted, but I think these are all new:

Mace Windu

Mr. Rogers

Charles Bukowski

Kim Jun Un

Benito Mussolini

 
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Topic: The Arts / Post Whatever You Are Working On!

Still painting a bunch. Here’s Mace Windu.

 
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Topic: The Arts / New rap lyric video

Gravediggaz!

Pretty good stuff!

 
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Topic: The Arts / Pete's art dump

Here’s a few more…

With the neighbor kid, hamming it up…

 
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Topic: The Arts / Pete's art dump

I’ve been doing some chalk drawings in my driveway.

 
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Topic: The Arts / Pete's art dump

There’s a couple of reasons for that, Kantieno. Hair is easy and not particularly interesting to paint (unless the hair is doing something crazy). Also, hair tends to fill up the sheet really quickly and because it doesn’t pay off that much, I’d sooner “abbreviate” the sketch and focus on the parts that really interest me… the eyes, the nose, the jaw, and so on. While I’m drawing, I’m sort of thinking to myself, “well… I could draw all this hair in, but I’ve already come to do what I wanted to do.”

The range of tight-versus-loose is pretty much what you observe. At least in my head. I like loose portraits because they’re more human somehow. They’re organic and raw and impressionistic. The ships (and ballista) are objects of immaculate craftsmanship, and so a tighter rendering seems more appropriate. You are spot-on.

 
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Topic: The Arts / Pete's art dump

Can’t embed images for some reason, but you can see them from the links, if you’re so inclined.

 
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Topic: The Arts / Pete's art dump

Here's a few more doodles. A portrait of this guy's son, Gabriel. !https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/545158_501279226561682_845614556_n.jpg! My boss and a portrait I did of him as a Vulcan. !https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/401089_310940972277995_1705406887_n.jpg! The director, Akira Kurosawa. !https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/30977_10151277949499474_1675989085_n.jpg! Donald Sutherland !https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/v/565822_10151282288854474_492833221_n.jpg?oh=fd03c8fe5d5d3b9fdbcd3ffb5eb1337a&oe=5172E8EC&__gda__=1366505862_c971454a3d241cc96032d18701431c75! Nina Hagen !https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/v/565737_10151282288354474_1029214232_n.jpg?oh=4225ed02fe44f11293a00c1120eec578&oe=51732718&__gda__=1366556240_eb011a90360b212ecf2b95d73e1b2d14! Bjork !https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-frc1/v/702848_10151282287624474_1888497378_n.jpg?oh=71981ec808f6d51f6127af2c989af135&oe=51728971&__gda__=1366539991_677c7d594b899e16656703e2423aaa1e! Sick Boy !https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/v/566137_10151286600794474_1050310972_n.jpg?oh=039c7d3166160d0f7aed642b405eddb5&oe=5172DEF6&__gda__=1366505086_8761120f9e6292d337ff06840ae871dd! My friend, Kevin. !https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/v/702122_10151299018919474_201980172_n.jpg?oh=892b333fe4a70f3e859c87b003951cd6&oe=517312A6&__gda__=1366503188_afbab8453d50c856c86dc34cb14e48d1! Kurt Vonnegut !https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-frc1/v/702980_10151301100929474_976385625_n.jpg?oh=b62341d49b758e371e818e2ca3a362e7&oe=51730AEA&__gda__=1366518282_380dc6e74675e4ae21fb3f73850db2df! Boris Karloff !https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/v/566180_10151302646289474_278120874_n.jpg?oh=0a08b6a8bb9a2b80fcd6489bc6556787&oe=51731D0A&__gda__=1366544864_146b3d90f295524299afb5c6744cc118! An English Hoy !https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/v/730495_10151363713364474_1432274675_n.jpg?oh=9937506770933a0edbcdec770180964c&oe=5172C2AA&__gda__=1366521154_f3486c1f30a5c629009382acac512a1f! A ballista !https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/v/565259_10151366201529474_1496291715_n.jpg?oh=07ceae899d8b1ee7cad5704667b521de&oe=517313E5&__gda__=1366522733_970ed69281267b5d1edf57dcd10037b1! A viking ship !https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/v/730499_10151369180599474_30323861_n.jpg?oh=844e3a9de88ce3321329abc03c56e4cb&oe=5172D594&__gda__=1366511541_5b8e4f9ed58a62e29d6df3a9e6424a48! A larger ship !https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/v/711038_10151371026399474_797098940_n.jpg?oh=4d582e3edf067ef4d6d4368b4a1ce661&oe=51730239&__gda__=1366550411_3596ea45bef443448b4887780ffec79d! A schooner !https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/v/711519_10151393010949474_52600229_n.jpg?oh=4fed7ff55df671891252b5e55931d5fb&oe=5172DAF7&__gda__=1366510934_267d800e3d24680ac9e55e3106a01743! William Gibson !https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/v/907194_10151542815759474_243998923_n.jpg?oh=101ad71b47379122a8071ec5d488c62e&oe=5172CB1B&__gda__=1366539305_f56b1aa3e03faff737f9bab1fb27ba3d! Eisenhower !https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/v/907567_10151547299699474_690034587_n.jpg?oh=56248ac236a42e8f09427f4bb61621d7&oe=5173287D&__gda__=1366524879_bc470413d89ddcd13551c74a47ca3a98! Steve McQueen !https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/v/908990_10151546754274474_470643023_n.jpg?oh=3c7b9d6540cf31abdbe2363d186b9bdc&oe=5173145A&__gda__=1366525736_f3690ebc8023e5a4a13d03f36951190b! Alan Alda !https://distilleryimage5.s3.amazonaws.com/c8a7a32aa64611e2957722000a1f9a39_7.jpg! Booty! (Drawn in sand) !https://distilleryimage9.s3.amazonaws.com/f0953310a26911e2982f22000a9f3c23_7.jpg!
 
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Topic: Collaborations / Graphical artist needed 'for the pretty'

Love the solid project brief. Gonna shoot you a PM.

 
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Topic: The Arts / Pete's art dump

The drips are incidental. Each portrait takes about 20 minutes and I paint them very quickly using watery acrylics. Unlike the tight portraits, these are exercises in painting fast.

The white feels a bit out of control, at times. I agree. I’ve been trying to figure out what that balance is. It seems different for male and female subjects… the female faces take a little more time because they don’t benefit (as much) from hard, fast strokes.

The subjects are, in order:
David Bowie
Jay Bradley (friend of mine in a band; antlers)
Bill Withers
Akira Kurosawa
Donald Sutherland
Marty Feldman
Bjork

Here are a few more I did on Wednesday, (Price and Bardem):

 
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Topic: The Arts / Hey to all those people who dont beleave that i made the art the you claimed was stolen watch this

Deleted because it’s too long. But seriously, what are you even talking about?

If you are an artist, post some art. It’s pretty simple.

 
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Topic: The Arts / [gallery] Oboe Passion's Sketchbook

It’s a great painting. I’m sure you learned a lot, and that was probably your main goal.

The central green, as pointed out, should either be darker (in shadow) or paler (atmospheric perspective). I didn’t watch the tutorial, but I’d deviate from that.

Also, you can probably loosen up and relax. Rocks, trees, water and clouds are natural elements and should be expressed naturally. The more you lock down on trying to “depict” them, they’ll seem forced. You might, for nice noise, cut down a sponge into a small brush and try using that for hashing in things like rocks and splashes. Just plop that paint on there and let your arm go.

Also, not sure how large your canvas is, but you may find that painting larger (like, much larger) is actually easier. It’s not because you can get in and do all those details more easily, but because you can move your body more for expressing all those natural shapes. Wiggling your fingers is nothing like sweeping your arm.

 
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Topic: The Arts / Pete's art dump

Did a couple more tonight. Not getting any constructive feedback, so this will probably be it. (Not really sensing an “art community” here, frankly.)

 
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Been messing around with some paint. These are fast… about 30 or 40 minutes each.

 
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It’s just a little IKEA stool that I decorated with a Sharpie marker. You can see it in the black-and-white photo above sort of near the door mat. It’s a little $15 thing. I don’t see them on the IKEA site anymore, but this is sort of similar:

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/60178887/

As far as the design goes, it doesn’t mean anything. Just doodling.