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Week 4 – New Direction


Okay, so currently I’m a full half week behind. However I believe I’ve learned a lot of things in my failures over the last ten or so days. The first being I’m not nearly fast enough to work a traditional painting at a commercial pace. Also I may need to hit the old drawing board to revisit my color work. I tend to work with limited color palettes, because for me it’s an easy way to balance tones. I always feel like my full color stuff is a little too technicolor processed. I should have paid more attention in painting classes I guess. More practice needed there I believe. So watch out folks UGLY paintings in the future.

Anyway here’s my latest challenge piece. I did this up yesterday. It’s in response to a story excerpt in the current The Strand Magazine titled SMILES by Alexander McCall Smith.

Smiles-WiP Inks only.

Smiles Finish

Once I’ve collected the six pieces to be done I’ll get them all properly scanned. But for now these are some nearly functional digital photos.

12wkch, Process Work

  1. May 6th, 2010 at 11:30 | #1

    hey there, Warren! Really interesting technique here, love the media you chose (is that pastel?) Great expression on the gal, a bit Jane Goodall, I think!

  2. Warren Belfield
    May 6th, 2010 at 13:10 | #2

    Hey Justin, thanks for checking it out. The highlights are done with a mixture of white colored pencil and a thin wash of white gouache over it on the elephant, and just white gouache on the figure in the front.

    Doing these I’ve used white china marker and white ink as well. It helps to have one that allows for the grain in the paper to show, and one for a smooth finish though.

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