Well, here we go again. I believe this is the third time I have taken on the 30 Paintings in 30 Days challenge at https://www.saetastudio.com/30-in-30-blog. This time might be harder than the others because I’m coming into it without a plan. I just recently decided to join in and I have no idea what I’m going to paint. Usually I like to have a few pieces ready before hand to use as a cushion, but that’s not really the case this month. One thing I am planning to do is finish some paintings that I have started but not finished. Some of these will include some larger paintings. Another idea I have to do some studies of work from artists I admire. So, this month might be quite the hodge podge of pieces. I guess we will just roll with it.
Day 1’s painting is a 5″x6″ painting of Dick Tracy as portrayed by Warren Beatty from the 1990 film, Dick Tracy. Its is a mix of different painting media; acrylic, gouache and oil paints. After I did the drawing on the illustration board, I did a wash of yellow acrylic paint over the whole piece. Over that, I used black gouache for the under painting and the rest is all oil paints.
In my mind I was thinking I wanted to go for a Norman Rockwell feel to the painting, which I don’t feel came out in the piece. I have been watching one of Quang Ho’s instructional dvds and the brush strokes, to me, feel more like his than Rockwell’s. That said, I did really enjoy the process of painting this piece.
Here is X-men number 2 for this week, Mystique. While she was a bit player in the world of mutants, in the comics, the movie universe has changed that. The other big change was her look. While always blue, she was not so naked or scaley. This is a painting on illustration board and with gouache paint. For the next X-Men character we will be going away from the traditional painting and go into the digital paint world.
In preparation for seeing the new X-Men movie today, I decided to do some quick portraits of some of the characters from the more recent films. And how do you not start off with the top X-character, Wolverine? For me he is the best character in these films. Hugh Jackman plays Wolverine perfectly for me. He can play him as a crazed killer and bring it right back to guy who can drop a funny one liner and it all works. Wolverine isn’t really in the comics anymore so this is the one place I can still get my fix.
This painting was start to finish about an hour long and was painted with gouache paint on illustration board. It is 8″x8″.
I filmed the whole process and should have a speed painting video to share with everyone soon.
I am a big fan of Jim Henson and many of his creations and have grown up always loving the Muppets. And, doing artwork of the Muppets is not a new thing for me. I really enjoy creating art from these characters, be it Muppets or characters from the Dark Crystal or Labyrinth. I just realized that I have been ignoring the characters from Fraggle Rock and I should probably do something about that! Muppet portraits will be one of the subject matters for me during this 30 day challenge. Starting off with Fozzie is a great place to begin. If I were to rank my favorite Muppets I think Fozzie would be right near the top. While his jokes are typically groan worthy, he is very lovable. First off, visually, I love his texture. His fur is crazy. And he rocks the polka dot scarf! I also remember him having issues with people throwing bananas at him which has not been a subject that has been brought up recently. On the outside he is a crazy guy saying “wocka wocka” and getting up on stage to tell jokes, but on the inside he is very self conscious. I think artists can relate to putting your work out for everyone but being very self conscious about it.
This painting is available for sale for $50.00 at-
This is the first painting for the 30 Paintings in 30 Days challenge on artist, Leslie Saeta’s blog-http://30paintingsin30days.weebly.com/blog. And the subject of day 1 is of one of the busts found in the changing portrait hallway in Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion. I’m a huge Disneyland fan and the Haunted Mansion is one of my favorites. And it, along with Disneyland, will be a subject that I will be coming back to during the challenge this month.
With the challenge I am trying out a new process for most of these paintings. Lately I have been doing mostly watercolor paintings with ink pens or painting with gouache. But, for this painting I used acrylic ink and oil paints. I started by using the acrylic ink for many thin washes. In between washes I would use white charcoal pencils for highlights and colored pencils for some shading and streaks of color. To finish it off, oil paints were applied. This was my second attempt at this technique. And I find myself enjoying it. The layering process does add more time to the whole thing. In the past I feel like I try to work fast and finish things quickly but I have felt like I need to slow down and take more time with my pieces. I will be using this process more through the month with a few attempts with watercolor pieces to see what reaction I might get from those.
As for subject matter of the pieces I will be doing, I plan on more Disneyland pieces along with Muppet characters and doing some portrait works as well. I like the idea of trying some different kind of subjects to test myself and stretch my wings a bit. I hope to get some comments about the direction I’m going or about the subject matters.
Here is the first painting I did in this painting style and it happens to be the other bust from the Haunted Mansion.
Both paintings are available for sale at $50.00 each.