30 Paintings in 30 Days- Day 5
Today I have an ink and oil painting of Charlize Theron. The oil paints that I have been using are water soluble so I can get thin layers of paint and still keep the ink drawing visible. I do like to paint with thicker paint but with the quick turnaround of painting daily I chose to use this technique. But, I think another reason I use it is because I like to use watercolors and this has a similar look to that.
And why did I chose to do a portrait of Charlize Theron? I wouldn’t say I’m a big fan of her. She is certainly a great actress and I’ve enjoyed some of her films. I would say I went with her because she has a timeless beauty and style to her. I also liked the high contrast in the lighting of the reference I used.
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Decided to go back to doing a portrait today. This one fought me quite bit and probably took longer than I would like. I started the drawing last night and hoped to get some of the underpainting done but that did not happen. But it’s finally finished. Time to plan the next one.
Ink, watercolor and oil paint on illustration board.
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It’s September again and that means the 30 Paintings in 30 Days challenge is upon us. And, I thought I would give it a go. I believe this is my third time and I did complete 30 paintings on the last two challenges. That did not come easy and this time looks to be even more challenging. Not only will I be away on a trip 3 days next week, I’m also creating work for a one man show in Oakland, CA on October 7th. And to finish off October, I’m tabling at my first convention, Famous Monsters of Filmland-Halloween Bash in San Jose, CA.
So, there will be quite a bit of stress going on this September. But, I will try not to drive myself too crazy with this 30 day challenge. My original idea was to do 30 portraits, in oil paint, in a Moleskin journal. I figured it would be a good size and challenge to try for this. Here is the image of the drawing prepainted.
This is a portrait painting of the actress, Jennifer Connelly. I have always been a fan of her from when I first watched the movie, Labyrinth and The Rocketeer(2 of my favorite movies). She also has a very classic Hollywood, beauty look that is very appealing. Those are some of the reasons why I chose to paint her. And that is a theme I plan to use with these Moleskin journal paintings.
But, I learned something important with this painting. Since I am not really painting ahead, These paintings wont dry in time to be scanned and posted. It looks like I’m going to have to pepper in some other types of paintings to be able to do this. Well, I guess we will have to wait and see what happens.
Alright, it is day 1 of the Inktober month of ink drawing that is happening on the internet. I had heard of this project from the videos that artist, Jake Parker has on YouTube(which I highly recommend subscribing to). But, I have never participated in it before. I do love drawing with ink and using ink in washes for my drawings. This seems like as good a time as ever to jump in. I feel like I need to do something like this after the 30 days of painting last month. Now I have the problem of figuring out what I will be drawing this month. One thing I knew I wanted to do was draw skulls. That will probably be a main element in a bunch of this month’s pieces. With October being known for being a spooky month, I should throw in a bunch of monsters. I would also like to continue some of the pin-up style females that I thought came out well last month. Which leads us to today’s drawing.
Today’s portrait is of Julie Adams, who plays Kay in the Creature From the Black Lagoon. It’s another watercolor painting, where I’m trying to stay close to the Zorn palette. In the movie she is the main object of the Gillman’s attention.
October is the time of the year called Inktober, where people are doing a month’s worth of ink drawings and I’m thinking about joining in for my first time. And the reason I bring this up is because I’m thinking that the Creature From the Black Lagoon film might be a main subject of the drawings I will do for the month.
Day 13 and here is the sixth vintage pinup style painting for this month. I think this will be the last one in this series. I’m not quite sure what tomorrow will bring subject wise. This is because I am still drawing and painting these on the same day that I’m posting them. I will admit that this is not a smart way to take on one of these challenges. I have also noticed that football season starting has not helped me with getting these done.
Another watercolor painting using the Zorn color palette that I have been using for most of the paintings this month.