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Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Come Away With Me

6" x 9" Digital Media

So here's the finished piece. I actually did a version of it with a girl in a red cloak walking in the path but I felt it kinda ruined the scale of the trees. The thing that intrigued me enough about this scene that I went ahead and painted it was the somewhat mysterious if not eerie lighting. Someone commented that he actually found the forest inviting... I guess that's due to the mystery that surrounds it and our natural curiousity to brave the unknown.

I was able to get some rest yesterday as it was a holiday in my country. Independence day to be
exact. I didn't slack off completely though since I also did some practice drawings of hands. I've been putting it off for the longest time but one of my goals is to improve my drawing skills so I gave it a whirl.

I think I sketch better with traditional media than on the computer. Maybe I'm having a hard time looking at my work and the picture when it's on the monitor. I can't explain it.

I decided to copy these from Clem Robin's book as a sort of excercise. I won't be painting skeletons but I still recognize the value of doing them... if only to know what lies underneath the skin and why the surface looks the way it does. I think it's more important for hands though as it's probably one of the parts of the body where the surface appearance is heavily influenced by the inner structure.

I copied poses with the skeleton and muscles exposed and then also did the versions with only the surface visible. I have to say that aside from the face (gah!) the hands and feet are probably the ones I find so much difficulty with. Such complex plains...

I finished off the day with another portrait excercise though it's only supposed to be minimal work. Something I'd like to incorporate into my website's interface when I finally get around to doing it. I only got as far as the sketch though.

<- Que Horror!!! Good thing it's only the rough sketch. lolz.


Kyuzo said...

good work on the digital piece. reminds me of a painting that could very well fit in somebody's living room. any thoughts of printing it out and framing it?

Salubri said...

yep. ;)

i still have to work out the details of how to go about selling printed copies of these.

Salubri said...

oh and this is small(6" x 9"ish). my computer will choke to death if i try doing something more than 20" X 20". or atleast i haven't tried it yet. maybe if the meanderer will be willing to lend me his 10k video card. lolz.

garrboy said...

a little girl in red would have ruined the painting, i think.

i think you left well enough alone. i like the leaves and foliage.

Salubri said...

the version with little red riding hood worked in terms of the color. the problem it presented was that it destroyed the scale of the trees... guess i didn't want to deal with that at this time. :D

shink1m said...

*bloghopped* shink1m wuz here!

August na, wala pa new stuff? I'm sure marami na yan by this time ^_^

Salubri said...

i've decided to go on vacation from painting. that way i can come back with renewed vigour and fresh eyes. :)

these days i'm just warhammering and studying several figure drawing and painting books.