Tuesday, 20 March 2007

From Start to Finish

I thought you dear readers might like to see how a piece develops stage by stage, so ;

Basic scruffy blocking out of the canvas.

Defining the composition more accurately.

Adding some detail and background tone to establish the lights and darks.

Starting to come together now, mostly a question of getting the tones right.

A bit of tidying up (the hair at the back of the head and the shoe) and it's a done deal.


Ana Banana said...

Great process...reminds me of my oil painting days. It's way too easy to get caught up in digital painting and put the oils away for good. Glad to see someone painting the old-fashioned way.

This piece is nicely done. If you don't mind my saying this, and I don't know if it's the photo or my calibration, but I think it would be even nicer if you bumped up the contrast more...darker darks and lighter lights.

Snapper said...

Another really nice paint. I must say that I like the subtlety of Sam's painting and the little bit mystery they convey

knifepainter said...

Hi Ana, I'm hoping she dries well and the darks drop back.
I tend to varnish the finished work when properly dry, I find that helps the contrast.

Matt said...


The more I see of this blog the more I realise that this is the perfect medium for quickly showcasing your talents. The site seems a bit static in comparison. I am having a rethink about how we can set it up so that it keeps up with your recent work and is easier for you to manage.

Oh and by the way....Incredible paintings (although I have to admit a bias)

knifepainter said...

Thanks Matt. Yeah, I think you have hit the nail on the head.

Been having some thoughts on how to sharpen up the site. As you say it would be easier and more current if I could update it as quickly as i can this blog.