Re: Gollum Portrait—Structured Critique
what a creepy little dude
oils are wonderful, you'll get used to them
different colors dry at different rates under different environmental conditions and depending of course on how thickly you apply them.
cadmium yellows seem to take the longest to dry on a pallet, and alizarin crimson is a long laster too ... and sap green ... white's not bad ... couple of days on a primed canvas is generally enough to be dry enough for another layer, unless you're goobering it on generously.
watercolor paper will soak up the oils and potentially leave areas of chalky color behind, get canvas books/tablets, boards, stretched ... primed, always primed. i guess you could even prime watercolor paper and it would work.
wet on wet application is great for a lot of things, soft edged things, smooth blending things, scootching and refining shapes ... adding layers atop dry layers is almost always an improvement option for pushing contrasts, depths and details.
looking at your reference there's room for higher key lights to be applied, which means there's room also for darker darks ... once what you have is dried (touch it gently - cool and/or tacky=don't touch, room temp and smooth=carry on)
monochromatic like this is perfect for learning oils and really, fun subject!
p.s. you're aware of copyright laws, right? the part where you could be sued for selling this piece without permission? (they won't give permission so be careful). i have no doubt you'd get offers, he's fully recognizable.
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Last edited by La_ : 05-27-2012 at 02:36 AM.