Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Oil painting artistic level up!

Well Rose and I have been doing oil painting classes and it's been great! It was fun to learn how to paint with a real brush and use real paints and get dirty. I felt like a real artist walking around Fremantle with oil paint on my pants (real poser artist haha).

Ok here's the first painting I did, it was a follow what the teacher does and work from a photo sort to deal. When I started painting and following the instructions all my digital painting knowledge I was taught working at Ettamogah suddenly started making sense. I think the reason why I started understanding it more here was there was no undo shortcut. I think the undo option can make you more unsure of your work without it you just got to go with the flow.


Now the second painting I decided to try and jump in and paint up one of my characters. I chose my character Dash since he is so round and bubbly. I suffered a bit that my initial drawing could have been a bit better but I didn't really know that until I started filling the sketch in with the paints. It was interesting thinking of the whole shape and how the light would wrap around Dash. When I was doing this Roseline was painting up a still life of one of her blythe dolls and they have quite cartoony features so I was able to cheat and look over her shoulder and see what she was doing and then apply it to my painting.


So for our last painting I came up with an idea of us making a Cat and a Rabbit painting that we could hang in our house. Also to put a spin on it we would each do the initial sketch for the other person. So this painting is based on a Roseline drawing. I like his fuzzy fur and bright colours. Rose was really happy with what I painted, she said he feels like christmas (I felt that was a pretty high compliment)


Roseline's painting of my drawing looks fantastic as well. Check her blog to see if she has put it up. Roseline has been pretty busy putting together a red bubble store (http://www.redbubble.com/people/roseyland) and she is inspiring me to do something. So I'm adding that to my todo list

6 comments:

StephenG said...

Wow, really nice Tim. I like the light in the still life. Must be fun with the smell of turps and oils too!

Adria said...

I'm beginning to think that oil painting must be easier than it looks as both yours and Rose's first oil paintings really impress me! The diversity you both have and ability to pick different mediums up so quickly really does show what great artists you both are. Niiice work. :)

Adria said...

I'm beginning to think that oil painting must be easier than it looks as both yours and Rose's first oil paintings really impress me! The diversity you both have and ability to pick different mediums up so quickly really does show what great artists you both are. Niiice work. :)

Clayton McIntosh said...

Unbelievable! like... really

Timothy Merks said...

I think everyone did really well with that first one. We had a nice clean photo and very clear instructions, it did help to have a little understanding about how light reflects before starting though.

Rose and better brush skills than me, I'm no better than one of the zoo animals using a real brush but I'm getting better

Oil Paintings said...

Really wonderful work done.nice colors use.thanks...