Back again on a new painting, oil on water colour paper as usual. The theme this time is WW2, the story behind which is that at the moment all my art is historical and I need to put something with hard edges in my portfolio! I have no interest in planes, boats and cars, so tanks it was! I'm weaning myself onto it though, a larger painting (image, minus bleed, will be 23 x 17inch) with only the one tank and lots of soldiers. I want to include ruins as I'm still trying to improve my background and environments.
The format is book cover, and the painting works in a ratio that will include front cover, spine and back cover of a general paper back. Bearing this in mind I presume that there has to be a justified composition that works on the front and rear cover alone, and both together.
From the feedback gathered from my last paintings I think my main problem is composition and use of figures, so I'm starting from a very base level and I'm showing you the painting at sketchbook level first.
The red line represents what I see as the main composition, a simple triangle (tends to work on book covers for obvious reasons) which leads to a slant on the rear cover. There is then a less obvious but corresponding line in blue, which mirrors the first. The green lines represent some vertical grounding lines which will take the form of ruins etc.
A rough for the foreground figure on the front page, This figure will take most of my attention and I'll need to make sure he looks spot on - a combination of determination and wear and tear.
I'll get working on the under drawing now, but any comments on the very little I've given you so far would be appreciated. I understand there's not much to go on, but like I said, I wanted to start this from point zero and so hopefully steer myself in the right direction.