Progress in painting: 08/172013-09/17/2013

Hi people~ apologies for not updating, I was busy trying to end things with mathematics and Princeton + figuring out how to remain in the country legally + moving to the arts district in downtown LA + went to San Francisco and had a wonderful visit to Pixar (Many thanks to Matthias Goerner who successfully moved from Topology to Pixar, for getting me into their top security campus and showing me around!) + helping some awesome people in marketing their private art classes.

Anyways, I guess all that is taken care of now and I have started a new semester last week! I decided to spend this fall to systematically study traditional drawing and painting before continuing the more hip, animation related stuff, I think so far it’s going pretty well ^^

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(A Rembrandt master copy I’m currently working on, check out ‘Johannes Wtenbogaert’ for original)

This post will be some updates on paintings progress I made over the last month…

So basically I started off dealing only with light and dark:

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After a couple wood blocks we moved on to head casts:

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I moved into my small room with a wonderful view of downtown LA, did a quick black and white study looking out from my window:

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Then instead of completely monotone we added a couple colors (burnt ember, ultramarine blue and white) to establish cool and warm:

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Used the same colors to do a master copy: (this was quite interesting, I was given a black and white photocopy of the painting and was told the color of things and the time of the day, the task is to estimate the color temperature used in the original painting)

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Move on the full color, a thumbnail study of a piece by John Singer Sargent:

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Went to a model session and played with some saturated color:

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Tried a classical technique that lays down the paint and wipe out the highlights:

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OK~ so this bought us to roughly where I am in painting right now~ I’m back into focusing on image-making again and hopefully I’ll be back here soon to talk about drawing and some other classes and projects I’ve been working on. ^^