Tumblr exclusive: the full scale drawing for the new painting: Clio and the Gods of War….in which Athena, the goddess of the strategic side of war, civilization and wisdom consults with Clio, the muse of history, while Ares, the god of the violent, impulsive aspects of war looks on impatiently.
So, here’s a wrap-up on the ‘Navigator’ painting. With the face finished, I started painting the other areas of flesh tones. The rocket needed to be in place so I could work out the interaction between it and the hand. Next I painted the drapery, finding that the under-painting really sped things up. I painted the hair, and then moved on to the figure’s right arm, which I saved until the shirt and shorts it overlaps were complete. The background was next. I decided to add the star-field out the window, mainly to suggest what the boy was imagining, but also because I really like it (I’m a bit of a space nut). Finally, I painted the globe, changing the coloring to give more of an antique feel, and to allow the blue of the shirt to stand out a little more. I’m really pleased with how this one turned out. It’s one of my personal favorites! Now I just have to settle on a final title, and give the piece a nice coat of varnish. Then it’s off to the professional photographer. Final images to come….
I’ve just started a new painting, which I’m tentatively calling ‘Navigator’. Here is a brief tour in photos of the progress of the piece up to the present. I began by doing a careful drawing from the reference photos I took of the model. Once the drawing was just right, I used a oil transfer techniqe to get the drawing onto the 20”x20” linen canvas. I rendered the entire composition in burnt umber and black as an under-painting to establish the value scale and warm up the canvas. In the largest image, I have started work on the over-painting, working in opaque color, and beginning with the face.