Wednesday, October 17, 2007

More Life Painting


Still hammering away. These are both 2 hour studies. We've all heard the saying "get your values right, and it doesn't matter what colour you use." With the painting of the girl at the top, I decided to use the worst possible combination of colours on my palette (Burnt Sienna, Prussian Blue, and White), but still have a full value range. I simply ignored the somewhat ugly colours that were going down, and just tried to get the values correct. The bottom painting is a good ol' Raw Umber+ White study.

14 Comments:

Blogger Armand Serrano said...

You're absolutely right. Keeping the values right is part of the foundation of a good painting. Good job, Marco.

8:47 AM  
Blogger bog_art said...

There is a painter in my country who paints with colors than nobody use.. and he still can create a lot of great art.. you are right.. values are the key..

9:35 AM  
Blogger Goobeetsablog said...

!nice studies!

12:41 PM  
Blogger Fabrizio said...

WOAH! I'm impressed. You're keeping up with your great works
Fab

5:47 PM  
Blogger Tim Bye said...

Nice work Marco - great brushwork!

9:06 AM  
Blogger LDahl said...

The most fun I think I ever had in a class was doing a painting only using red, green and white...the white was supposed to be used minimally.
You accomplished so much in so little time.

2:12 PM  
Blogger Skim said...

I like the top painting. Colours actually turned out quite beautifully!

1:01 PM  
Blogger marcobucci said...

Thanks guys.
Seo - Funny how subjective colour is. The colour has actually grown on me too. When I was first painting them I wanted to throw up. Of course, keeping the skin warm and the hair/background cool helps. But yeah, the sickly colours do seem to have a charm to them that I never intended. You learn something every painting!

1:54 PM  
Blogger Jason Seiler said...

Nice work man!

2:23 PM  
Blogger Lena said...

Greetings!I liked your figures.Color..

8:39 AM  
Blogger Shuku said...

MARCO! Your paintings get better and better every time I come back and you know what, I -love- the top painting with the worst possible colours. There's something really appealing about it. I don't know very much about values, honestly, but I think I'm getting a crash course just looking at your work!

--Shuku

1:33 PM  
Blogger Ken said...

the value thing must be true, coz that painting is lovely.

Values values values... have to remind myself hehe

Thanks for the tip

6:00 PM  
Blogger shou' said...

Looking better! :)

Hehe. The quote does speak some truths. I've discovered that a limited palette works best for me as I can see it is working great for you as well.

Normally, I'd get lost in selecting the right hue to mix with another to create the "perfect" saturation and value. In the past I've ended up spending more time mixing than painting or I'd make multiple layers with each new layer fixing (or experimenting) the one beneath it.

For your portrait pieces you could add one of these to your palette for fun: raw siena, raw umber, or burnt umber. Prussian blue is great. Have you tried out Ultra marine as well?

7:31 PM  
Blogger loleta said...

You dominate to the perfeccìon the technology(skill). You are a professional,sorry my english..
I want to be like your..jaja

10:46 AM  

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