This time I wanted to try an interesting style, similar to the one I do my still-lives with, but on another subject. Since I’ve been limiting myself to 6″x6″ canvases in order to get finished paintings and balance my day job, I have to get very creative in how I want to represent my subject. As much as a pen in the middle looks great, I want to draw and paint more than just the standard.
Here I did some experimenting with composition, and I love the way it came out. Instead of my usual painting method of a basic outline and mixing separate shadows for each colour, I did a grisalle-style underpainting that was careful and filled in the shadows. You can see some of this in my still lives, that’s how I used to fill them in so quickly. Since the paint is still wet, that shadow comes through in the paint on top, so your shadows go in easily. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a quick fix, there is still a ton of mixing and decisions on saturation and colour variations to make despite how easy it sounds. It did, however, allow me to put more into my painting and still finish before my hot date.
6″x6″ oil on linen. This is me in an Innocent World (IW) JSK and Bolero set. That was a nice set, I should have kept it. I’m going to try this style a couple more times before I start using it on larger canvases! I think it’s a good excuse to get a couple more Lolita coords – I only have one or two at home now.
Thanks for reading, as always!