I wanted to hone my drawing skills and just been drawing things aimlessly. Just a couple of weeks ago I stumble to a YouTube ad, AdBlock had crashed while afk, of The Ultimate Drawing Course on Udemy. Cause of the enthusic voice of the instructor in the video I had to check it out. With the very generous set of previews of the course and a sale I signed up.
First lesson is an to draw an eye to follow thru as a test on where your drawing ability is. He said that by the end of the course I will draw another eye and compare the first one to see the improvements to it.
Next set of videos is about working on lines fundamentals. The usual of keep drawing different lines on a paper. Then contour lines, lines that makes basic shape and some details. One of his subject is a boot mine is a sunflower. Here’s a few images of what I made following the lesson
Now do not let that sunflower drawing fool you, it comes from a tricky exercise where you have to look more on the subject/reference while drawing. The line subject finishing off with cross contour lines, lines which gives shape a from. Think of a circle becomes a sphere. The instructor coming back the his boot drawing he uses cross contour lines to refine his drawing.
Now that is where I will continue the course is to refine the sunflower drawing with cross contour lines. And as an assignment I will do several other objects.
Here’s the fruit bowl painting again, I promise there’s other art in the way. Just the short time in making this clicks something in me head that I want to do more of these comparing the long time and effort I try to do digital painting or art. I’ll speak about it in another time and I will surely will try to get back in to it properly someday.
And now in to particular order here’s things I’ve learned on my first oil painting.
Walnut oil medium works for taking out paint off the brushes. But if not painting over a week, as it said in the product website, a proper cleaner is needed to fully clean brushes. In my case Murphy’s Oil Soap as what I read on my research. Tho I didn’t follow thru it right away and may have ruin my first couple of brushes.
The yellow that I used in this painting turns out to be transparent. I ended up waiting for it to dry to get the yellow to be more visible. While the white is opaque I have to wait for most of the paint underneath it to dry as they start blending when I try to add the white part of the bowl and the highlights.
When I was shopping I just chose the tube paint colors by price, oil paint is not cheap. I know I need the primaries, white and brown and added green. And cause of the above statement I was too late to noticed that the back of the tube paints show that the paint is opaque, transparent or in between. So the usual tube colors you hear or read from artist, burnt umber, cadmium yellow, alizarin crimson, etc there’s a reason they are that known and price that way. It also shows the the paints drying time. I don’t want to get more technical here.
After a several weeks of drying and taken out the canvas from the easel to be hang on the wall there’s a couple of places that wasn’t painted. The top unpainted part from the easel top clamp covering it. And the bottom right of the wicker mat was missed due to having an aluminum foil in place in the easel, it was reflecting light making it look like it was painted. So I got to remember to take out the clamp when painting around that parts and do so carefully that the canvas won’t fall. In other words make sure the sides are well painted.
On taking the painting’s photograph, depending on where the light hits there’s always a shine or highlight somewhere. I this one case the top right, but it’s apparently common and normal. It’s due to the brush strokes of the painting and how it gets lit. Photographing painting is another chore on it’s own with the usual photo edit slash filters. But don’t take me this one too seriously as I said before photography is something will be learned along the way. But really do a quick Youtube search on how to take a picture of a painting.
Now the painting is finished and had drying for a few months and able to touch it, it’s not fully dry yet. It will take nine months to do so and maybe more, for what I have readed, to be so before you can even put protectant or preservation on paintings like varnish.
But one thing I learned the most is I enjoy making this and will continue making more.
I’ve used watercolors years ago just to learn the basics of color theory when i was taking drawing lessons, it was on open studio. Another student was taking oil painting lesson and sitting beside me so we’re told about the difference between the two mediums so I was absorbing both lessons.
Here’s what stuck me the most. Watercolors looks only easy, but has less control and very spontaneous. Oil painting is very complicated but you have way more control and very forgiving.
Fast forward years later now getting out of the creative rut. I bought some loonie store acrylic paints and some cheap brushes etc. Then random google image search, or maybe deviant art, of a fruit bowl (a nod-ish to my art teacher) as reference I painted this.
I like the result but I was yearning for the mixing that I learned from oil paints as the acrylics tend to dry so quickly on the palette. Because of the knowledge of the toxicity on oil painting which comes from turpentine (paint thinner) I came to another standstill. Is it possible to oil paint without using turpentine?
To take out the itch of trying out oil paint a quick trip Michael’s with a beginner set of oil colors and suppose non toxic brush cleaner painted the fruit bowl a second time. The result i find a bit translucent and the paint does not spread nicely. Sadly I have dispose of that painting and can’t share it anymore. The brush cleaner I didn’t like either as it has fumes. Now that itch has been scratched I want back to research.
So with more google search and looking for more point of view of the same answer. That answers is walnut oil medium. I bought the paints and the mediums of a certain brand. Still having them took me several months till I opened them, with I hint of fear that it will not work. I have also thrown it away it was an iceberg painting to test out values.
So we come back to the fruit bowl and now a third attempt. Which I learn so much in that one painting. I’ll share my notes and process on the painting on another post. But yeah a journey just started.
Welcome to Arc’s Oddities, this blog about me getting back and learning art. I work on traditional (pencil, charcoal, oil paint) and digital.
The oddities are my creations and will post on the process and thoughts on making them. In other words this is about creating art in the learners point of view.
I just started on making art again and currently working on two things, learning oil painting and refining my drawing skills. Digital was a frustration for me but will try to tackle it once more in the near future.
I’ll apologize in advance the terrible pictures I’ve taken that’s one medium I never really dealt with and will be part of the learning process as well.
I am starting this blog as part of Blaugust Reborn. It may sound forced but I was planning to start this around September. So it was a good push to get started than chicken out in the end.
Still the site is a bit rushed as the plan was to use tumblr but went with wordpress, so visually it’s a work in progress. As what I am learned lately on coming back to art, better than done than perfect.