Thursday, 14 June 2018
Evening At Southampton Common Lake - oil painting
|Evening At Southampton Common Lake - oil painting|
Painted during April 2018, this artwork features a scene of peace and tranquillity at an ornamental lake, situated within Southampton common, Hampshire. The common is 365 acres in size and is within the city of Southampton, though its size means that it is difficult to see the bustling city from the inside. The area is made up of woodland, wetlands and grassland and is thought to have first become a common around 500AD.
The painting is done oils oils on a canvas, sized at 16” x 20”. A light brown acrylic base or ground was applied first, followed by a wash/ under-painting done in oils. After a week this was dry enough to paint the final application of oils in the desired colours and detail.
The painting can be seen at a larger scale on this link.
Sunday, 10 June 2018
Calshot Tug Boat At Southampton Docks - WIP acrylic painting stages
|Calshot Tug Boat At Southampton Docks - WIP acrylic painting stages|
This marine painting is of the vintage tender tugboat 'Calshot', moored at Southampton Docks, and awaiting full preservation.
As the painting features a technical subject and I wanted to have a quick painting work on in progress while working on oil paintings I decided to make this artwork an acrylic one only.
The panel shows four stages of the paintings progress. The first section depicts the initial drawing, done in grey acrylic paint on an light brown 'ground'. In addition washes of white paint have been added to emphasise the tonal range within the artwork. The second and third panels show the darker base colours, using acrylics applied to the painting. These actions are to create the under-painting.
Finally the forth image shows the final image as presented, with the application of the final, correct colours and areas of detail.
The whole painting is done in acrylics on stretched water-colour paper, sized at 20” x 16, and the finished painting can be see here in detail.
Monday, 4 June 2018
Monday in Hell with Devil - WIP stages
|Monday in Hell with Devil - WIP stages|
This composite image shows three stages of the creation of the 'Monday in Hell with Devil' image. It is painted digitally in 'Auto sketchbook Pro', initially on an android tablet to rough out the drawing as it panel one, and then apply some basic colour as in the second panel. After this stage the file is then exported on to a windows 10 computer, where the canvas is much enlarged and painting is continued, again using the same software. The final stage to completion is to then finish the artwork in photoshop for final details to be added and final colour grading.
The final image can be seen on this link.
The final image can be seen on this link.
Tuesday, 29 May 2018
Monday, 28 May 2018
Evening At Southampton Common Lake - WIP oil painting stages
|painting in WIP stages - Evening At Southampton Common Lake|
This oil painting features a scene at an ornamental lake within Southampton common, itself to be found in the middle of the city of Southampton. Above, the panel shows the artwork in stages. The initial stage is the composition drawn out in grey acrylic paint on a light brown ground base. The tonally brighter areas have been painted with a white wash, namely the sky and reflection to act as a guide and to help the painting tonally overall. The second panel shows an application of oil paint, diluted with thinner and applied as a wash with slightly darker colours, to act as under-painting. Once this has dried after a week or so the main body of paint, using oil paint straight out of the tube is applied, and it is at this stage that the correct colours and details are applied, with the forth panel showing the completed artwork which is done on a 16" x 20" canvas.
The final painting can be seen at a higher resolution here.
Thursday, 24 May 2018
Steampunk Girl With Spaceship - digital painting
|Steampunk Girl With Spaceship - digital painting|
This digital illustration was done over a period of February/ March 2018. It features a 'steam punk' inspired scene of a small, shuttle space craft that has made a forced landing on an alien planet. Its female pilot is out looking for help and deciding on her location while the sun sets. In the shadows some creatures are lurking in the shadows.
'Auto Sketchbook Pro' was used to create the artwork, initially running on an android tablet to rough out the basic idea and colours envisaged. As it is done on 'layers', the work is then exported to a Windows 10 computer running the same software but with more power, so that one of the first things to do is to scale up the document for better quality and continue painting. At a certain stage the artwork is then finished off in Photoshop, where final details and colour grading is carried out.
A larger view of the illustration can be seen on this link.