View Full Version : "The Inquisition" WIP

09-10-2003, 09:27 PM
I am an idiot.

Okay, so maybe I'm just too ambitious. Anyway, here's a glimpse at my next project in my independent study art class.

I came across this photo on my hard drive of my three good friends interrogating another one of my good friends, and I had to paint it. Their expressions were just so . . . priceless, I guess. Problem was, the photo was scanned (strike 1) from a flash photo (strike 2) taken with a disposable camera (strike 3) and printed out on a medium quality setting on normal paper (should've eliminated it by now, but of course, once I get an idea in my head, I'm not stopping).


Here's my planning sketch - spent 2-3 days in class on this, I was so proud of myself for actually doing some semblence of planning/practice:


And so the progress goes on the painting:



And where I am now (sorry for the bad photo):


I brought it home from school today to work on, because my teacher decided it's due Friday and I needed to work on it tonight to pull that off. Unfortunately, I spent four hours on this instead:


(English paper on Henry David Thoreau's Walden.)

Anyway, it's 12x18" on gessoed canvas paper, W/N Galeria Titanium White, Raw Umber, and Basics Matt Mars Black. Planning on keeping it monochromatic.

Comments welcome (read: required :p ), keep in mind I'm not done yet. :D

09-11-2003, 03:31 AM
Hey, this is great!

YOu're right, the photo is precious - so much personality.
I like the colors you've got going so far and the faces have a lot of life.

One suggestion - look at this anatomy type drawing for face structures.
See if you can bring the chins/jaws out more so the faces slant back up toward the forehead. Then their noses will look more proportionate with the other features.

Keep up the good work.


09-11-2003, 11:39 AM
Whew, short deadline for a complicated work!
The middle girl is looking more up in the photo but you may have changed that on purpose. Great photo, regardless of all the strikes!
I really like the colors that you are using and have great confidence that you can pull this off.

09-11-2003, 12:16 PM
This was a brave endeavour and you are pulling it off really well.
A couple of small comments the girl in the middle has a longer chin in the photograph. The girl nearest us has a longer nose in your painting than on the photo. Apart from that I think you are doing great.


09-11-2003, 06:07 PM
Thanks for the comments on the facial structure, guys, that's been bothering me. I'll work on that tonight.

Here's an update, what I got done today in class - it's a slightly better photo too, although last night I didn't have enough light and today I took the picture in probably too much sunlight, lol...

Thanks for the encouragement! :D


09-11-2003, 06:27 PM
You're doing great.

Another trick (for future paintings) is to use a sheet of graphite transfer paper. Your teacher might not allow it, but it is a handy thing to have when you have a short deadline!
You blow the pictures up to desired size (on computer) then print out the face, and transfer the lines to your canvas. It cuts hours (sometimes days!) off your work of getting the proportions correct.
Not something you want to do all the time though, because you need to do freehand to improve your skills. But sometimes using a transfer is in order.


09-13-2003, 12:44 PM
Thanks - I may have to try some of that graphite transfer stuff. ;)

Here's an update after Friday's class:


09-13-2003, 01:24 PM
Sooooooooooo........what did your teacher say? Just curious:angel:

09-26-2003, 08:38 PM
DONE! I got a 96 on it, I'm stoked. :D :D


Alan Cross
09-27-2003, 11:51 AM
Nice work.....
Alan :)