I can’t draw from my head. I don’t like to transcribe from 2d. If I don’t want the design to be totally predictable then I have to do a little set design.
One day I’ll learn how to fake the “modeling”, but for now if I want dramatic light or perspective, I pretty much have to create it. This barbola screen was the easy part, but this weekend I’ll be working on making a movable 3d swan armature.
Sometimes you start out drawing mountains, but then you wind up drawing the fog that obstructs the mountain instead. I picked up a pound of transparent base, so I’m interested to see how layers of transparencies behave. Previous to this I’ve been relying on burnt plate oil #2 and turpentine washes, and of course some reductive techniques.
First a sketchThen the 7″x7″ plate dimensions
Then layers of ink on the plate, going through the press
Two variations of the same design; a color studyNot sure where to take it from here?
This one has more layers and I got fancier with the wiping. There are more textures, but I want to focus on a spontaneous feel. Eric suggested a new subject matter and I agree.
I painted each panel of an old barn window to represent the places my friend lived with his fiancee before they married this July. The frame was displayed at their outdoor wedding in a gazebo, so it was important for the paints to remain translucent. I kept the black outlines opaque so it felt a little like stained glass grout.
Photo credit E. Baum and Monika Photography