Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Biking is The Only Art I've Mastered
All I was able to accomplish was to convince myself, free hand was out and a grid was in for the commissioned portrait. The pencil study above is way out of whack. The hand is okay, but the two heads are not jiving. The chiarascuro section between them is the challenge and will be a bigger challenge when I start to paint with acrylics; I'd like to get a better handle on it.
I sectioned the reference photograph and discovered incidental adjustments will have to be made when I move to canvas. I'll do another pencil study today to get the relationships right. Then I'll forge ahead with the cartoon. Being that it's a commission, I feel an urgency to get on with it and deliver within a reasonable period of time--before the kid's third birthday. The reference photo isn't the best; it's soft. It's blurry--even translated into black and white. It's a beautiful photograph, (which I did not take), suitable for matting, framing and hanging, but I can't read the shadows very well. I'll blow it up.
My warm-up watercolor came out so-so too. Probably because I warmed-up AFTER I worked on the pencil rendering and became distressed. It's not very smart to jump right into serious work before loosening up. At the Brauhaus School in Germany, the art students used to do calisthenics on the roof every morning to loosen up prior to class. (I think I read that in Ben Shaun)? Maybe I should reschedule my biking sessions--make them first rather than last? The exercise may be more productive than fooling around with a medium that just isn't me. Yesterday, biking was the only thing I got right. I just jumped on and pedaled and got to twenty minutes without knees burning. That's an accomplishment.