Sunday, January 16, 2011

Painting a Full Figure

Ok, so after (and during) the self-portrait I couldn't really focus on another painting. So there was a model in between that time (I worked on her for 2 days) but it's all a haze to me =P That's why this one is called "mck winter 1" time for a reboot.

Anyway, when I finally recouped I had this model. I was going to do a standard waste-up portrait of her, but I couldn't stop focusing on her boots. So I decided to paint her entire figure. It's really the first time I've tried this since, i guess, the summer.

Part of me regrets this choice (because I saw how nice the other portraits of her came out) but I like that I got it done. Actually it is the most detailed-ish painting I've done but difficult to distinguish because all the features are smaller. Either way I'm glad I captured the pose and how funny the boots look on her.

Porcu's anatomy helped immensely getting her proportions accurately. I couldn't have done it without his class.

Enjoy the progression:
mck winter1

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Self-Portrait Done! (last month)

Ok it's been a while so I'm going to have to retroactively think about these posts. I finished my first realist self-portrait (on time last month Dec. 16) and, after much thought, I like it =)

I set up in the kitchen, shutting off the light except for the one blaring into my face (there's a sample in my facebook profile pic). I basically painted this from 11PM to about 6AM for like 8 days. I was beat and didn't make it to class, so I missed whatever model was there.

It was the most painful thing, painting this. At one point I wanted to destroy it. But, when placed with the the other self-portraits in class, people really responded to it. MCK said "it came out really good." Fuckin-A, what more can you ask for?

Check out the progression below: