Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Ghost's Eye, Bird's Eye, and Eye-Movement

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Detail from a yet-to-be-titled work.

As a follow-up to the last post, the teacher in me wanted to show the progression of a new painting, and some of my composition thought-process. This was an experimental piece in some ways--hadn't done a full-blown pen and ink with watercolor added in years. Also wanted to mess with the transparency of a ghost using ink lines.

So the progression:

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1. After light penciling in, lots of lines with a crow quill pen and a warm black ink.

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2. Then a wash of raw umber, with light cerulean dropped in for an underpainting.

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3. Some initial color washes and strengthening of value with the blue paint.

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4. Deeper color and some cool shadows on the frightened bird.

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5. And the final work, with color adjustments to the piece (I lightened some of the values on the ghost as well) and some pen-line strengthening. 
Such a blog-stager I am.

eye movement diagram http://tomsarmo.blogspot.com/
But not much of a picture-planner. Just kidding. Usually I am pretty thorough, 
but initially this ghost-picture was not going to be in color, as I was mostly interested in achieving transparency with pen and ink. So my first, simple composition plan follows:
Point of interest: The ghost's eye.
Eye-movement: From the ghost's eye to the bird and all the way around. 
(I wanted a sense of vortex, thinking it might enhance the fear of the bird.)
Balance: Three objects of similar visual weight,
plus the upturned hand added to balance the action of the bird's head and beak.

But when I added the color--oops! Big change.

eye movement diagram http://tomsarmo.blogspot.com/
Now that active bird-head with the red eye became the point of interest and reversed the eye movement. The color also threw the balance off. To fix that, I threw a bit of red and yellow onto the floorboards by the ghost's foot.

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And a final detail of the ghost. Happy enough with his translucence that I'm onto more ghost-works!
I'll be teaching some of these techniques and more at Art Makers Denver, this September!

Comments are appreciated, and 
thanks, as always, for the visit!







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