Thursday, February 23, 2017

Lady Godiva : Process Video

-By Scott Fischer

I've been itching to do a Godiva painting for a while, so when invited me to be a part of a group show called 'History of Art', (opening this weekend) it was impetus to get my Godiva on. And we aren't talking about the chocolate.

In my last Muddy post I talked about why I paint on copper. In this post I will show and tell you how I paint on copper. But beyond the copper aspect, I will talk about processes I do for every painting- from abstract thumbnailing in Alchemy through the Photoshop  design stage, to doing it for real.

Here are 17 minutes of Lady Godiva, narrated by me, from thumbnail to final art. Hope y'all dig.


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  2. Awesome! I had to crane my neck to watch most of it though since many frames were rotated the wrong way.

  3. Geez man, that's art for the Ages!!! Makes me wanna try it out myself!!!

  4. Few questions:

    Before you start with the FVW ink to build up your values, the panel is cut down to its final shape but it also looks pink. Did you coat the sheet with a base or some kind of ground layer?

    What variety of nibs are you using?

    Your white highlights are also FW Ink?

    Do you find that digging paint back out of the surface with the blades or scribe that it lifts sheets of pigment? (Does the ink create an acrylic skin like traditional paint?)

    Maybe I missed it, but when you said that you glazed it, was it a medium or what? How do you apply the glaze? (Could you elaborate?)

    1. Yes I coated the sheet with a thin layer of FW ink before doing anything. After I transfer, I coat it again with FW ink.

      I use Nikko Nibs. THe G-pen and the Mapping nib mostly.

      The final-final highlights, done with a brush, are Oil Paint.

      No I don't see it lifting sheets of pigment with FW ink, only what I am scribing.

      The oil paint that happens at the end is just Gamblin Fast Matte, with a touch of Walnut Alkyd medium. THanks!

  5. Wow! So amazing. This is all new to me, but so inspiring.
    Got to look into this technique, any books you could recommend?

  6. Absolutely loved this! For over a decade I've been amazed with the shimmering effect of foil cards of some of the card games (Magic tG, etc.) and have been looking for a way to imitate a similar effect with art. While that effect may be a little too much, this copper method is spot on!

    Wonder if i could be done with aluminum opposed to copper to get a more neutral base?

    Regardless, the video was very inspirational and had perfect pace. Thank you for putting this all together for s to learn from and enjoy!

    1. Indeed I have done it on Aluminum. Works great.


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