Thursday, April 23, 2009
In Progress Paintings
Obama being creepy as hell with no eyes! The first time I learned about using an underpainting two years ago, it absolutely blew my mind. I do it with every painting now, even if its supposed to be a quick "ala prima" painting. It just adds so much, especially since I tend to paint pretty thin.
My camera washed out a lot of the colors in this one. I'm none too pleased about that, but not concerned enough to photoshop fix it.
Somehow this is my first attempt to caricature Bill Clinton. It hasn't been quite as much fun as I thought it would be. I guess I've seen way to many Clinton caricatures to try and be original.
In my painting class, I've been doing a lot of pen and ink and watercolor stuff lately. The last couple weeks, however, I've longed for the days that I used strictly cheap Walmart acrylics and somehow made it work. And so I picked up my palette knife and paints and went to work. Right now I've got these two Presidential caricature paintings in the works. If time permits, I hope to do a larger Palin pinup painting as well, but we'll see. All in all, I'm pretty happy with how these are going. I get pretty anal about acrylics sometimes. And that sucks because I also get really impatient (the reason I started a second painting before I finished the Obama one.) As a general rule and means of motivation to finish, I try not to work on more than one painting at a time. But with these two, I'm enjoying switching back and forth between them. It keeps my eye fresh and keen. Not to mention I don't get bored as easily.