Thursday, November 20, 2008

"Seen My Specs?" or "Mr. Pearhead"

Well, I decided after the pumpkins I wanted to do something really silly. Mr. Potato Head would be too obvious so I am going for Mr. Pearhead. I thought I would share the very beginnings right from the set-up to initial sketch. The drawing will be refined as I go.

I spent alot of time trying to get this arrangement set up so that the composition lead to the right side of the picture plane, and that the right side ended properly.

My pastel instructor, Deb, has been working along side us for the last couple of classes. It's very helpful to see how she starts and progresses through the piece.

It will focus more on color than the really dark shadows (ala "Pumpkins"), but still revealing form through light and shadow.
Picture of set-up at a distance.

Picture of set-up closer to size of drawing.

Initial Sketch with green pastel pencil and laying in beginning values with black and gray Nu-Pastel. This piece is about 12" x 16" on Wallis sanded paper.

5 comments:

Ana Tirolese said...

This is so much fun! I am looking forward to seeing this progress. Really cute imagery.

Ann said...

This will be so much fun to watch! I love what you are doing with pastels lately :)

Karen Hargett said...

LOL - this will be fun to watch and probably fun for you to paint too.

janabouc said...

I really appreciate seeing your set up with your little stage and lighting arrangements. I loved seeing your black box too. The reference photo came out really good. My photos of my set ups never look so good. I was wondering what exactly is a "black box" and what is it for? Your artwork is really terrific--a joy to see.

Cindy said...

Thank you Ana! So glad you stopped in and said hi. I've been wanting to do something with my Mr. Potato Head parts and it just seemed like the right time.

Hi Ann! I have such a long way to go with the pastels, and they are so clunky compared to colored pencils. Just practice and more practice!

Hi Karen! Lots of fun for me to paint. He's just so funny to look at.

I have my own version of a black box here at home that I made. It's just a medium sized card board box painted black with craft paint on the inside. I use it to do my still life setups and it helps to control the light so they is only one source. It also provides a very nice dark background behind my objects which I normally use. You could also paint the box any color you want, I've heard some paint their set-up boxes gray or white or another neutral color. I'm thinking of making a light gray one.

This black box is from the studio where I take pastel classes. It's just black foam core with a bottom and a back and little triangles on the side to hold the two parts together. It serves the same purpose as you can put side pieces on the control the light.

Thank you all for your comments! I appreciate you taking the time to comment.