Friday, January 20, 2012

Art Update

by Eric Fortune

Here are shots of some of the paintings I'm currently working on. As I sometimes forget one needs the right tool, or brush, for the right job. I try to hold off on noodling any details too early in the painting as they often get lost in the following washes. This can be hard because it seems all the cool washy wet on wet goodness happens in the beginning. I immediately want to jump in and refine the nuanced transitions and granulations with a number 4 round brush. Having a little confidence that cooler washes will present themselves later takes some experience and trust in the medium. Even now this is something I'm still working on.

A lesson I learned from a painting teacher back in college was to paint the entire piece with one large brush and put off the smaller brushes completely. Of course I compromise a bit but holding off on the smaller brushes does seem to help in the long run...when I can resist.





15 comments:

  1. There are fan brushes, and then there are fan brushes... :D

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    1. That's a brush? I thought it was a broom. :P

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  2. Does Harry Potter know you've stolen his sports equipment?

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  3. ...and then there are brooms.
    I like your treatment of hands.
    I have a horrible tendency to not know when to switch between large and small brushes. Either I'm struggling away trying to do detail with a huge brush or I'm battling to fill large areas of colour with a tiny one.

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  4. Dude, these might be your best batch of paintings to date. I feel like you made a leap here.

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  5. Eric, I have to say, I enjoy your humor regarding art tools. I'm not sure which I found funnier, the Idea of you traveling with a ladder, or painting with a broom!

    Good stuff sir, I love your treatment of the folds of the fabric in that hooded girl pic.

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    1. Painting with a broom is the future of art. Lost in the fine details, many artists struggle to reveal the true form of a figure. Only with a broom can you experience the freedom of real creativity. :P


      The smoothness of those paintings man, wow...

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  6. LOL... This is exactly the pick-me-up I needed this morning.
    Amazing work as always. If you really can use that broom to create such awesome work, well, you are even more magnificent than I originally thought.

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  7. That last brush? Maybe for a mural- haha! Although Jackson Pollack painted with brooms and mops and sticks and twigs, so maybe there is something to it...

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  8. When working on a larger piece do you still start with a brush larger than the canvas like in the last image? There's a particular brush I can usually only find in janitorial supplies, it's called push broom, have you used this before?

    Great stuff =)

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  9. Sorry guys, I should've explained that last one. Just brushing a little dirt off the painting. Right tool for the right job ;)

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  10. Haha! You did that on purpose!!!
    With thin acrylic washes, bigger brushes are best :-)

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  11. I got you Eric. Looked it up. It's Staedtler's eraser boogers brush. Nice find. Thought they didn't make them anymore. By the way I'm liking these too.

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  12. These are great Eric! You've gotten so much better since the college days! Not that you were bad then :)

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