Saturday, October 15, 2016

Friday, February 12, 2016

Painting: Canvas Stretching

Below are two videos that will help you remember some of the basics of stretching a canvas that we covered in class. I have some issues with the second video (the way she staples mostly) but despite that it was one of the better large canvas demos that I could find (I outline the issues that I have with the video in the text directly above it).

Video 01: Overall this video is rather good. He works the staples from side to side using the proper technique (unlike the video above) and he goes into detail about some of the basic things to keep in mind as you work your way towards the completed stretched canvas. Instead of using a T-Square ruler he uses corner braces that are already cut to 90 degrees (a nice time saver but an additional expense).

Video 02: Her process is okay overall but for the cross brace she uses single nails and I suggest using t-shaped metal brackets (available at your local hardware store) and use a drill to screw them into place. Also a serious problem I have with the video is that when she staples the canvas she does not go back and forth from one side to the other (instead she works her way down an entire side at a time - not so good for the overall tension). Also with a canvas this large I suggest leaning it against a wall and pulling the canvas down as you staple (in the video she is forced to pull the canvas away from herself which does not provide maximum tension). A cross brace is something used for larger canvases that is unnecessary for smaller canvases.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Painting: Still-Life For Beginners

A still-life painting demo for beginners by Will Kemp Art School

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Image Transfers (Additional Techniques)

In an earlier post I linked to videos demonstrating how to transfer images via acrylic medium (such as Golden Medium's Matte or Gloss Medium). Here are a couple other ways you may want to transfer printed images. To see the acrylic polymer transfer techniques click here and here.

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* for the bottom video you can also cut your own wax or parchment paper to feed into the printer (make sure it's cut exactly or else it could jam in the printer).

Monday, September 14, 2015

Drawing To Painting Demo 01

1. Initial drawing done on paper with 4B graphite pencil. 4B is soft enough that it will become activated when applying matte medium (which is an effect I wanted). If you would like to avoid the graphite smudging ruing the matte medium application, simply use a harder lead. 

2. Some value is added to the initial line drawing. This paper will contain my transparent glazes of paint where the entire tonal range is more or less established by the graphite. The glazes only determine the temperature. 

3. Tracing paper is used to outline the original drawing. Both sides of the tracing paper contain the graphite lines seen here. By laying the tracing paper down and drawing on top of it you can transfer the drawing to a new sheet of paper.

4. Here the traced drawing is now transferred to the paper.

5. Thin layers of pure matte medium are applied to each piece of paper to trap the graphite below (to prevent the graphite from mixing with the paint and potentially getting muddy). 
5. Left: Thin layers of matte medium allow the lifework to show through. More pencil can be added once the medium has dried (make sure to use matte medium if you intend to continue drawing in this way). Right: The red elements of the spray bottle are rendered using opaque paint using 3 restricted tones of red (middle red, light read and dark read). The bottle and background receive the same washy effect by adding matte medium to black paint (the ratio of paint to medium is very small).

Wednesday, June 3, 2015