View Full Version : Guidance needed for finishing touches of my b/w artwork

06-14-2012, 10:20 AM

I'm here to seek guidance for my b/w artwork. I've been working for 2 years at developping my technique and I feel I've been doing good so far.

I work in black in white using paint knives exclusevely and have around 10 paintings I'm satisfied with to a certain point. Where I'm on the fence is regarding the “finishing” part of my work, whether to leave it raw or going for a more polished look.

Here are 2 different images of one of my artwork to show what I'm talking about:

Image 1 is where I'm at after painting the black and then the white — it's raw and has lots of contrast. Also, I think there's a good balance between the blacks and whites.

Image 2 is (obviously) the same subject which I've taken a step further by adding more white over the black. My intention was to add style and movement to the painting but I'm wondering if it really adds something and make it more interesting... or did I went a little bit too far and was it really necessary?


Here are other examples of my work: Image 3-4 are at the same stage than Image 1 above. I should say I really like image 3 the way it is: it is raw but well balanced. Image 4 I'd be afraid to mess it up if I added more paint to it... Image 5 is a more advance same as Image 2 above: I added more white but I'm not sure if I like it and wondering if the extra white was really necessary.


Well, what do you think?

06-14-2012, 11:24 AM
I think adding the extra white works. My tastes run more towards the somewhat realistic and less graphic or iconic, so I feel the added white helps to define the forms and helps keep them from getting lost as 'big black shape'.

However, I also think this is probably just a matter of personal preference.

06-16-2012, 12:55 AM
Thanks for your reply, Geekette! Funny thing is that I enjoy painting until I reach the stage from image 1... At that point, I'd put the painting aside and start working on a new one.

06-17-2012, 06:58 AM
They are all very good so unless you can compare at the time of seeing it then they are all well done.Hard one to call really.