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February 17th, 2011 #1
Doug Hoppes (SketchBook)
Okay, guess it's time to create my sketchbook. I'm a Vermont oil painter and fairly new to the art world. I started drawing/painting seriously about 5 years ago and decided that I can actually sell my works.
Most of my work traditionally sell at craft shows/art fairs with random painting sales to various clients at my office.
My paintings can be seen at: http://www.HoppesStudio.com and I have a Facebook fan page (http://www.facebook.com/DougHoppesStudio). Here's a good place to start posting some of my work, also.
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February 17th, 2011 #3
Portrait Studies: February 15, 2011
Last night's class was all about portrait studies. It was quite a bit of fun and working strictly with the conte pencils on pastel paper was a good way to practice.
I'll go more into the detail of the structure later, but there are some basic steps that we used to just evaluate the head. We first drew a basic oval to represent the overall structure of the head. From there, drawing the center line to get the angle and then marking off tick-marks to determine the location of the eyes, base of the nose and then the mouth (The next post will contain more detailed look at this structure). From there, we determined where the large planes were for the face and which parts were in light and which parts were in shadow. Then it's a matter of massing the shapes based on our underlying structure.
The nice part about using the basic structure technique is that you think more about how the face fits into the basic structure, than trying to measure each minute angle. This leads to a more realistic and rounded portrait.
Not bad for some first attempts.
February 17th, 2011 #4
yep definitely digging your surreal vs real landscapes, really cool!
i think the colurs and lights in post2 arnt quite realistic though; the greens are very bright, even on the evening scene for example.
here are some amazing studies i refer back to a lot by Min, whos a god of this sort of thing and piants impeccable studies
sb most art copied to page 1
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April 3rd, 2011 #11
kay, it was absolutely gorgeous in Vermont today. The day was bright and sunny... and coooollllldddddd......
When I was driving home from setting up my nephew's computer for DSL, I saw this seen near my house. I decided that: "It's bright, it's sunny, and I would LOVE to paint that scene". So, I got home, rushed out to get my gear and then headed back to the spot (it's about 5 minute drive from my house).
As I started my setup, the wind was seriously kicking up in the field that I was working. However, I had my hoodie, hat and gear. I should be warm enough! Hah! No chance. Standing in a windy open field on a cold day is just asking for your hands to stop working. However, as you can see... here's my effort for the day. Took about 1-1/2 hours to paint. Later on, I'll post the basic procedures how I do my paintings and my setup.
April 3rd, 2011 #12
Ohhh I really like the colors you use... Lovely paintings.
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Wow, I love the paintings. The Dinosaurs looks awesome.
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April 4th, 2011 #16
Hia Doug, you advised me to look at getting the book "The Technical Pen". I think its out of print as I can only find very expensive second hand copies. Would you know if there is an E-book version available?
April 4th, 2011 #17
Hi Crowv... wow, just did a google search about it. Man! It's totally gone up in price. I did a google search on "The Technical Pen pdf", but I think that the site that had it is not a legal site.
Sorry, dude... don't know. If I still had my copy, I would have been happy to sell it to you, but I sold it a number of years ago.
I would try going to WetCanvas and going onto the Pen/ink Forum. They may know where to get an inexpensive one.
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Starting to work on a design for my next painting. I tend to go through multiple variations based on some scribble and see how it fits into a particular landscape scene. In this case, I decided that I liked the tentacled arm, but wasn't sure what to do about it.
By Drawing 4, I liked the final general shape of the object. Each area where it touches the landscape, I would show only color. A variation of this is Drawing 6, where I would do the same landscape painting in a monochrome color with the circles becoming areas of actual color.
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April 30th, 2011 #28
Latest painting: "Temple Journey".
Everybody makes a journey. The roads are steep and treacherous, for some. In the beginning, it seems hard, but, as you go along, the road seems easier and the world around it seems to be a lot calmer and less treacherous. The destination is what you make of it. If you really want to get there, you'll go through the obstacles needed.
April 30th, 2011 #29
Jeff, thanks for the name: Al Held.
I really like some of his stuff. It's pretty cool. My favorite pieces are the ones that seem to have the "bars" going over each other (http://www.artnet.com/Galleries/Artw...www.artnet.com). I also like the choice of colors that he uses. Part of me thinks that his colors are a bit too saturated. There doesn't seem to be any areas where my eye can rest. If I were trying his style, I would do the saturated colors near the focal point and then grey out the colors as you move away from it.
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