Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Painting Procedural pt. 1

One of my favorite things on the internet are art tutorials. This is my little contribution to the genre. Except, I'm calling mine a "procedural," because I'm not sure anyone should tutor themselves in my process. See, despite years and years of art school, I didn't take a class that was actually about how to paint until I was well into my freelance career. So, in my ignorance, I cobbled together a relatively consistent way of making my way through a painting. It works for me, but there are probably much smarter ways to go about it.

This particular painting is not a commission. This is my little way of celebrating the end of the McGraw-Hill jobs. That had kept me so busy that I hadn't really painted for the past two years. As a result, I've been a bit fiddlier with this painting than usual. This is partly because I'm a little rusty, partly because I'm self-concious about presenting it as a tutorial, but mostly because I'm just having too danged much fun playing with the colorful wet stuff.

Here's a quick sketch, drawn out on xerox paper. Why xerox paper? 'Cuz it's cheap, and plentiful, and quality is not an issue at this stage.

Costume reference, and inspiration. How could I resist drawing a get-up like this?


A xerox of my xerox, which then becomes a value study with the application of a little more pencil. I would normally do this on the original sketch, but I was working at school, so it wasn't much effort to make a copy. This preserved the original as a line drawing, which will be useful at the next stage.

3 comments:

Laura Helper-Ferris said...

hi Joel,

I'm delurking! This is so interesting! How wild that you never got this in art school. Um, what's a value study? and where'd you find the funny lady?

procedurally yours,
Laura HF

Joel Priddy said...

Laura! Welcome to the fold! Isn't it warm and inviting?

"Value" refers to the placement of lights and darks. It's a fancy way of saying "I scribbled in where the shadowy bits might be."

The reference is from a book called Authentic Everyday Dress of the Renaissance: All 154 Plates from the "Trachtenbuch." It's available from Dover, and is full of sartorial splendor.

Laura Helper-Ferris said...

It is very warm and welcoming here, thank you! So here I am again. Um, but now I'm thinking that your girl looks like Red Riding Hood, so I'm nervously looking around for an Wolf (in Authentic Everyday Dress, of course) in the dark values.

the word I'm supposed to type in below is "uphaugah", which seems to indicate that the Wolf is Scottish.

carry on,
Laura