Month: December 2013

Composition with Dog and Bird

This is closer to how I paint with oils. All it took was finding that one brush and not fighting against its nature. This is far from perfect, but now I have a guidepost. It took me a tenth of the time to complete compared to most things I’ve published here and it’s drastically better.


Black and White Life Studies

I’ve totally neglected still lifes as a good way to practice basic drawing. I haven’t done any in years. At some point, you start to believe you don’t need basic stuff like this anymore. I’ve had some drawing struggles this year, and I think they can help for practicing foundation skills and basic paint application in photoshop.

I created a couple of black and white studies from some simple life objects this afternoon after being inspired by Matt Kohr over at his blog I don’t know where he finds the time to post so many instructional videos, but his methodology is solid and easy to pick up. Excellent resource for novices and professionals alike.

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Need to work on my looseness and speed. This guy took me just a couple of hours. Focusing on quick marks and putting the majority of time into the focal point. Gonna do a lot more of this I think.

EDIT: Spent another couple hours and pushed a rougher, watercolorish style, added more detail and more vibrant colors.