Heres a couple of pieces i've been working on for the last few months. I've reworked Larissa since the photo, and have included a bag to help the compostion. Both works were painted from life in the studio and I did plein air studies for the backgrounds.
Snasitra- Thanks and more works in progress to come
D.O Jones- Cheers and I checked at your site, nice painting!
Dose- Thanks, I enjoyed looking at your painting, there was a nice dual figure composition '' esteban and laticia"- I assume you painted that from life?
Here is some more work.
I've been recently looking at Charles Goldies painting of Te Aho o Te Rangi titled " all a same to em' pakeha- A good Joke" I had this idea to study facial expressions so I started a gissaille and then this head study that I started with charcoal and painted over two days from life. It was a nice relief from the more time intensive portraits I've been doing. Please excuse the poor quality of the photo
Here are some classroom demonstrations, the first three are 40 minute paintings done at a local high school. It was a lot of fun, Students sat and posed while I encouraged students to concentrate on basic shapes and colours.
Here is a longer demonstration ( say 2 sessions of 1.5 hours)in a class where I encouraged more of a rounded form approach in students work. I started with a block-in in diluted paint and worked in broad areas of tonal transitions with filberts going fro darkest to lightest values. When I was satisfied with the the tone and colour of the large patches I worked at rounding and suturing the patches of paint with clean filberts.
I started with an envelope and a Block in for the first three hours. The following session was just tweeking my block in and adding shadow shapes.
Once I was happy I started from the shadows on the backside and worked the legs. I used chalk pastel for the light areas. i'm starting the painting this weekend!
Heres are some progress shots of a paintiing of 7 1.5 hour sittings , I drew with willow charcoal a quick hour and half sketch of my friend Damien. He seemed perfect as he was growing his beard out but I had to move fast as his girlfriend wantd it shaved asap. Fortunately we had three weeks but time was limited for the sittings due to work and commitments etc. So we managed to put in an hour here and there and luckily we share a studio.... each shot is roughly one session of 1 - 1.5 hours on each area. apologies for the poor quality of the last image...
Wow, awesome work bro. I really like the Charles Goldie inspired self-portrait. The latest 2 are great. I was looking at that drawing on your website 2 days ago. That last portrait is stunning. I can kinda see something of you in there. At first, before I read the text, I thought he was a relative. The finished version looks great but is a little hard to judge because of the sunken in spots. The chroma in some areas of the beard's shadow versus the parts in the lights has me wondering but it's hard to see atm without a varnish evening things out.