Monday, October 20, 2008

Midddddtermaganza

Oh my crap! So many projects! Bwaghfh! Between Heads and Hands and Figure Painting I'm gonna die for sure. Oh wellll...at least I'm learnin' things! I think the combination of classes is really forcing me to get used to using planes in my work and to also be more consistent with my proportions. For your viewing pleasure, I have here most of my Heads and Hands drawings from this semester. The upper-left is the beginning of the semester, going to the lower-right, which is my most recent portrait. They go newsprint, drawing paper, 2 newsprint, 2 charcoal + white pencil on storm grey tone paper, 2 sanguine + white pencil on velvet gray paper. Most of these are all day (5-6 hours?) drawings, except the 4th, 6th and 8th drawings which are three-hour workshop drawings.



I'm also throwing in 4 of my least ugly paintings so far, also going from earliest to most recent. I am still struggling with this color and value fusion thing, but I think I've improved my paint application throughout the semester. 1st painting is 6 hours, second is a 3-hour workshop painting, third is an hour head study, fourth is a 6-hour portrait.



I still struggle with my various drawing and painting problems, but I've found that it's gotten to the point where it's really fun to work out all the puzzles and problems when I'm making a piece of art. It's a cool challenge trying to make sure your proportions and everything match up alright, trying to find subtle darks and lights that will punch out a portrait, etc. And the reward is learning how to avoid making the same mistakes in the future! Woot.

Kind of wanted to go on the summer Italy trip, but I don't think it'll happen because of my dirt-poor-ness, and my folks want me to work during summer so I can put some money away. My vegan-ness might also make things difficult depending on the housing situation there. Alas! Maybe next time :(

9 comments:

mlheran said...

I feel your pain (the color-value relationship is my perpetual bane B:), but LOVE your output! :D

I think #3 is my favorite graphite (and #5 might be the love-child of George Washington and John McCain, lol) and I really like the #2 painting -nice colors! Really makes me want to paint some people, yay!

Matthew Robertson said...

Hey Kelly,

Great work! Your portraits are looking amazing! That last in-class painting you did of Claudio turned out super nice!

M

Brandon T Pike said...

Awesome as always Kelly. I love the variation in style throughout the portraits, yet the fact that they all read as your work! Great stuff all around!

Gue said...

cool head studies. I can see the progression. Definitely more plane orientated.

C.B. Canga said...

awesome job as always kelly

The Art of Kevin Wueste said...

i think the paintings ( esp that figure you did in mark's workshop a few weeks ago ( ?) is great! you are a natural painter.. keep it up.. can't wait to see what's next. -kw

Emerson said...

when are YOU gonna update your blog, huh? kelly? huh? huh?

Nadia Moon said...

very nice head studies!

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Be strong vegan sista!