reply to post by Crakeur
the magnifying glass and toothpicks is certainly not the easy route. they look awesome.
What magnifying glass?
Just kidding. I do use it quite a bit for getting lines and details right. It's just so much easier than squinting and the real hazard is dragging my
nose through wet paint in the process.
On the 'quick and easy' method of artwork, it's something I always do before actually starting anything. There's nothing like quick sketches to
figure out how a finished work might look.
One of my art teachers, Rudolf Bikkers, had me on the sidewalk outside sketching people as they walked by. It was hard at first, seeing how there was
so little time to do a likeness, but after lots of practice, I found that I was dropping details to get to the fundamentals of the facial structure
quicker. The surprising effect was that those fundamentals were what actually made it look professional.
An acquaintance of mine, Antony Hare
, is a portrait artist who really has that down pat and is now a successful
Canadian artist. For him, it's all about simple clean expressive lines.
On the variance in my style; it usually comes out of previous artwork where I did some little bit in it that had an unintended, but nice, effect. Like
the dots that I use in this recent work, if you look back on earlier paintings, you'd probably find an increasing use of the toothpick method.
Prior to the toothpick, I did it all with a small brush but soon quit that when the brush couldn't make the nicely rounded circular spot of colour I
wanted and which became increasingly important as I went in for detail.
The whole idea behind this pointillism is the combination of complimentary colours beside each other. The overall effect has the ability to make a
third colour come out. For instance, if I put a lot of red and blue dots together on a surface, then stand back and look at it, I see a field of
purple. That fascinates me because of all the possibilities that multiple colours provide.
I haven't read Bluebeard, but love Vonnegut... checking that one out is now on my to-do list.
So it goes.
added link to Antony Hare's website
[edit on 2/10/08 by masqua]