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An oil painting of a woman in a blue shirt, wearing a cowboy hat and holding a revolver.

A Quick(ish) Oil Painting.

By | Sketchbook

1 Painting.
Tools: Graphite, water mixable oil paint.
Paper: Illustration board (primed with gesso).

No regular sketch update this week. Most of my taking-pictures-of-artwork time was spent figuring out how to photograph my recent quick oil studies. Here’s the best result. Focus is still an issue, but I’m pretty happy with the color, transparency and glare (well, the absence of glare, actually).

What’s a “Quick(ish) Oil Painting”? Right now it’s a study that takes 2-4 hours. That lets me make 3-5 of them per week, depending on my work schedule. It also feels like a good amount of time to develop my skills in a new medium, without getting lost in the details.

An oil painting of a woman in a blue shirt, wearing a cowboy hat and holding a revolver.

Sketch of a young woman in graphite.

Underdrawings

By | Sketchbook

8 Pages.
Tools: Graphite, colored pencil.
Paper: Illustration board (primed with gesso).

For the last 2(ish) months, I’ve been experimenting with gouache, casein, acrylic and water soluble oil. I’m still working out the best way to photograph my paintings. In the meantime, here are the underdrawings I did for my last few studies.

An underdrawing is the first layer of a painting. For now, I’m starting with a high-contrast drawing before I apply any paint. I’m experimenting with graphite, colored pencils, stumps and erasers to make drawings that won’t look out of place when they peek through the paint. When the drawing is finished, I seal it with workable fixative if I’m painting with oil, or just start painting if I’m working with gouache, casein or acrylic. I also take a snapshot, so I can reference the drawing if it disappears under too many layers of paint.

Sketch of a young woman in graphite.

Sketch of a young woman in graphite.

Sketch of a young woman in graphite.

Sketch of a young woman in graphite.

Sketch of a young woman in graphite and colored pencil.

Sketch of a young woman in graphite and colored pencil.

Sketch of a young woman in graphite and colored pencil.

Pencil studies (using graphite and white colored pencils) of characters with exaggerated features.

Characters with Exaggerated Features and (Mostly) Lots of Hair

By | Sketchbook

7 Pages.
Tools: Graphite (4B). Colored Pencil
Paper: Strathmore Toned Sketchbook (Gray)

I switched to toned paper this week. The rougher surface is fun, and I enjoy drawing the highlights with a light pencil. Normally, I try to draw a variety of subjects, but this week I focused on older men with craggy, exaggerated features and lots of hair. Some of them are getting very close to fantasy dwarf territory.

 

Pencil studies (using graphite and white colored pencils) of characters with exaggerated features.

Pencil studies (using graphite and white colored pencils) of characters with exaggerated features.

Pencil studies (using graphite and white colored pencils) of characters with exaggerated features.

Pencil studies (using graphite and white colored pencils) of characters with exaggerated features.

Pencil sketch (using graphite and white colored pencils) of a character with exaggerated features.

Pencil studies (using graphite and white colored pencils) of characters with exaggerated features.

Pencil studies (using graphite and white colored pencils) of characters with exaggerated features.

Pencil sketch of a woman with huge hair and exaggerated features.

Faces with Exaggerated Features

By | Sketchbook

8 Pages.
Tools: graphite (3B)
Paper: Moleskine Classic Notebook (5″x8.25″, 70gsm, Ivory)

Working on exaggerated features this week. The early drawings (they’re at the bottom of the page) are really awkward. I worry so much about making the faces look “right” that I have to force myself to take risks. After a few days of practice, it feels a bit more comfortable. I think I’ll work it a while longer.

 

Graphite studies of faces

Face Studies

By | Sketchbook

6 Pages.
Tools: graphite pencil (4B and 2B).
Paper: Moleskine Classic Notebook (5″x8.25″, 70gsm, Ivory).

Got some shiny new pencils and an extra-long sharpener for Christmas. I don’t get many opportunities to do this kind of sketching for my industrial design classes, but it’s a lot of fun. Add it to the list of “things I should do more often”

Graphite studies of faces

Graphite studies of faces

Graphite studies of faces

Graphite studies of faces

Graphite studies of faces

Graphite studies of faces

More Western Characters

By | Sketchbook

3 Pages.
Tools: fountain pen.
Paper: Moleskine Classic Notebook (7″x9.75″, 70gsm, Ivory).

A few more western character sketches. I switched to pencil sketches midway through the week, so I’m posting these early to keep everything organized.