Hello, I just joined the site and uploaded some recent work.
I currently have a book cover to do but I'm waiting on the
size specs before I get going on it. I'll post up progress on
that here as it comes. I'm not sure if this is the right part
of the forum for that kind of thing(?)
In the meantime, here's a painting of my shoe. I teach painting
and this was a quick demonstration of using gouache to my
students, we painted our shoes in class (30 minutes drawing, then
then an hour painting). Working from observation is always useful,
and things like shoes make perfect subjects for two reasons.
First, they are organic in shape, typically without a lot of
straight lines to worry about. I've noticed that many students
get caught up in notions of detail and representational precision
too soon in a picture, instead of trying to capture the overall gesture.
Second, they aren't figurative. This helps to avoid preconceptions
about anatomy and learned habits/shortcuts, forcing them to actually
rely on observation to inform the shapes.
It's a great exercise and a time-honored subject for a still life
Uh.. so here's my shoe, made with prussian blue, sepia, yellow ochre and
white. Limiting your palette can be useful for helping you to focus on
other things. Black paint is a lie.
Other, hopefully more interesting stuff to follow.