Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Work in progress.


Progress shot of a new personal painting I'm working on. This is only a small detail of the bigger painting. I always find it very useful when artists post up close ups of their under drawings. I like to look at the construction lines, and the approach an artist takes to constructing a painting.

In this particular image, I started playing around with composition and placement of elements, using wide brush strokes that keep me thinking about the big picture and how each element affects one another. Once I'm happy with the overall placement of the objects, I make a new layer, and then fill it with white and lower the opacity to 30%. Think of this new layer as a tracing paper. Afterwards I create yet another layer, and begin to draw all the elements a bit more carefully now. I'm thinking heavily on proportion, anatomy and gesture at this point.


Hopefully this will be useful to someone else as well!

I will be working on this piece in the next following days. I'll be posting progress shots as I go so stay tuned!

10 comments:

Connor de Jong said...

Thanks for doing this Karla, I'm a big fan of your work. So far this seems just like my working method, except you get better results, haha!

zach oldenkamp said...

GRReat STTuff

Chun Lo said...

Awesome WIP, can't wait to see the progress (and well the rest of the picture lol)

Hannes said...

Ahhh I love this <3 The deers neck looks so solid, I want to touch it *_*

Fred Studart said...

Daaaaaaamn!!!! Beautiful drawing! Very confident and precise strong lines. I can already say its gonna be a great drawing.
Can't wait to see the finished version. Cheers

BamBam24 said...

Oh man!!! Can't wait to see it done!

McLean Kendree said...

Sweet! Enjoyed watching the livestream of this, can't wait to see the final!

solomon said...

hey karla its me solo from the livestream chat :)
so wanna see how this piece looks finished
:D

solomon said...

my excitement ruined my grammar :P

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