From sketch to painting
Two months ago, I set up a process (for learning how to use acrylics) of going from sketch to painting. In my LPM abstract sketch class at the Art Students League I use watercolor to create a quick sketch of the model and the fabric, chair, stool, easel, etc. set-up. A day or a week later in my afternoon painting class, I take the sketch and add acrylic to create a painting.
A recent example: First the sketch…
This is a quick watercolor sketch of Jason, one of my favorite models at the Art Students League. The first thing I did was rotate the sketch counterclockwise. I then picked green and blue colors I liked and added purple. Red became the accent.
Unfortunately, the bright green large rectangle was just too dominant, so I made two thirds of it a dark blue-green. But then the red became too strong, so I added a pale green wash to tone it down. When that wasn’t enough, I added the green line down the middle.
Here’s the final painting:
Or, at least, it’s finished for now…until I think of something else it needs.
And don’t worry if you can’t pick out Jason. It is, afterall, an abstract.