Saturday, January 14, 2012
More progress on the Mythological series of paintings I had to put on the back-burner while finishing my recent graphic novel...
Trying to lay in Neptune now... MAN... am I out of practice!!!
After a few hours of frustration, he's beginning to come into focus now.
Wrestling with fine details in oil paint using weathered old brushes is turning out to be a real lesson in patience... but it is part of the process. If I can't be as "noodley" as usual with fine detail brushes, I find my strokes are more expressive and loose (as evident by the background sky). This is moving my hand away from my professional Illustrator's tight perspective and closer to the less restricted fine art hand of my younger days.
These shots are more contrasty than the actual piece, but they give a general impression... wish me luck on the finish!