|My entire paint set.|
Why have I not worked on them until today you may ask? Well today I needed to write about my progress in this blog post so... I thought I'd better... you know... 'progress'.
It's not that Dog Star Football or Fringe Benefit are particularly hard paintings to create, well, Fringe Benefit is a bit harder than usual but not by much. If I just follow my process they'll turn out just fine.
It's just that I need to start painting pictures that have more meaning to me than my previous work has. Start really painting the things I want to paint and stop painting things that will result in a nice painting but doesn't really say more than that.
Anyhow, enough navel gazing. Here's where I'm at with the current artworks.
Dog Star Football
|Dog Star Footbal - Main areas of colour finished.|
For Dog Star, having made the decision to add a background with a low horizon line (usually my backgrounds are just a gradient of one colour) I decided to make the top section look like sky and the bottom look like grass. In that way it would suggest the dog was on a field... perhaps even a football field.
Dog Star himself I decided to colour an off white, cream colour and, he will eventually have dark brown ears, suggesting that this dog could be the grown up version of Dog Star Puppy - mentioned in Part 1.
|Fringe Benefit - Background, skin tone and some hair done.|
At this stage I am a little concerned that my background didn't turn out quite so brightly as I had in mind. In fact it looks a little muddy so I imagine I may have to brighten it up at a later time. Once I see how the rest of the image is panning out.
Both artworks will need to have progress much further by my next post. Hopefully I can discipline myself to do some more work through the week than I did this time. Until then watch me work in the video below as I progress these paintings to the point you've seen in the above photos. I also give some brief information about the paints I use.