This is the last oil study that I did at RIT. Focusing on the torso more than anything else. Mostly left handed I think. I don't really remember. The underlayers were done in acrylic on thin/cheap illustration board. If you carefully lay washes of acrylic down and quickly dry it with a hair dryer, it make a nice spotted texture. Fun to paint on. But don't over do it because then the paper will start coming off.
This piece will be presented at the Society of Illustrators
show coming up in a couple of weeks (May 18th)! RIT’s seniors DanAlsheimer, Jai Kamat, and Zac Rets also got in to this year’s competition. I
made this piece in the fall for my advertising Illustration class with Bill Finewood.
The following is the process work. Sketches, final drawing, then scanned in to
be painted digitally.
The drawing was done using both left and right hand. The clothing was done with my left and the refined detail work (the hands & face) were done with my right hand.
Practicing detail and rending with oils. Most of the painting was done with my left hand and then the fine detail, and blending was done with my right. I'm slowly learning to incorporate both arms. My right hand is better at fine detail type of work and my left arm is better at the gestural, more confident strokes.
I love oils now. The turpentine and linseed oil used to make
me sick but now I’m using ‘Winsor
& Newton’ water-based oils. They
work just like oils except water is replaced with turpentine. In fact, they ARE
regular oils just chemically changed to break down with water. I paint with
their “water mixable oil painting medium” to thin the paint out a little. No
fast drying mediums since it dries pretty fast anyway. 70% lefty then right
hand in the end for details.
The first two figure paintings are master studies based on
the drawings of several well know artists. I misplaced their names but I’ll
find them and update this soon. The last one was done using a photo reference I
I’ve been focusing most of my time on school-work than
anything else. So now that it’s break, I’ll post everything I’ve done so far.
My arms have been doing very well these days. My right arm is healing and my
left arm is getting better. With the exercises I’ve been given, I’m able to
draw for at least 30 minutes with my right arm. My left arm has become very
natural to me too-meaning I’m able to paint with it now! The above are from this past summer. Oil, Lefty.