Tuesday, May 25, 2010

MJ & Grace - Steps 1 & 2

After 1) having several photo shoots (I'll do a post on this later), I 2) sifted through the hundreds of photos and compiled my favorites to compose this scene (I believe the final composite is made up of about 20 different photographs).  Then I 3) stretched a canvas (I used Artfix's Belgian Linen Canvas L43U) and 4) toned it with Raw Sienna. While it dried, I 5) drew a drawing to scale and then transferred it to the dry canvas.  Then it was time to 6) print the Photoshop image full-size, going through several iterations to get the right colors, and finally 7) the actual painting began. . . and to exuberantly prove the point, I took a photo!

STEP 1 - Initial Colors

About only a few hours I had covered much of the canvas - (I always feel so productive at the beginning of a painting!)

STEP 2 - More Color, Soft Edges

The paint was kept quite thin, because I wanted the initial golden tone to poke through the layers and provide a unifying overall warmth to the painting.  The other thing to be aware of is that I kept a soft edge around the subjects, so that it would be easier to blend them into the background.  It's a lot easier to make a hard edge out of a soft one than to go the other way around.

Next Up. . . Step 3 - More Color, Resolve Background


  1. Jonathan, Excellent post. Your comments are really informative. Beautiful painting style, and a sense of humor, too. More please.

    PS. Putting you on my blogroll.

  2. Thanks Candace. I want to check out your blog. By the way - what was so funny about the painting? ; )

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