Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Simon says, "Still life!"

Well, I felt like I needed to break and work on color so I set up this still life. I know it's not children's art, but I hope that doing one of these every now and then makes me more creative with color decisions. It's what I've been up to lately. I've also determined that I need to try to experiment with my approach...I'll post the next item and see if you think I'm right/wrong. It may take some time, though...we're painting our house...which is not anything like the fun in illustrating...I'm not allowed to paint scenes. :)

Anyways, here's the sketch, underpaint, and completion.


AWells said...

Dang! Nice work! Don't really know what else to say- the work speaks for itself.

Carmen Keys said...

This is acrylics right? Wowza. I'm impressed! It is really tangible, especially that shiny red apple. It makes me want to eat one. :)
It is really fun for me to see fine art done by children's illustrators, as usually the style is so different!

pete said...

Yeppers, its acrylic too. I like to spread it on pretty thick in an attempt to make it look like oil paint. I would eventually like to switch to oils if I can ever learn how to do it without poisoning my family with fumes! :) I started with acrylics to try to get around that problem but oils are so tempting! I need to go to the library. Know any good books?

sara.b said...

Heya Pete! I envy your dedication. I absolutely HATE still lifes. Love looking at them and admiring them, but doing them....yuck! This is gorgeous and the color is outstanding. Yup, speaks for itself. Beautiful work!!

As for oils, we use them at the Art Center, but can't have anything toxic because we work with children. So instead of mineral spirits we use a 1/2 and 1/2 solution of Simple Green (household cleaner) and water. It cleans out your brush. Takes a bit more work to get it clean but a nice trade off if you're concerned about the toxins. I'd say give it a try. ;) I'm sure you can find some books to help instruct you wit painting. But I always learn best by experimenting. :D

Good luck!

Patti said...

Very nice work. It's nice to work in different styles. I think it keeps things interesting and keeps you from getting bored. The images I had posted before were in the water based oils. (no smelly solvents) You might find them fun to experiment with.
It was great to see your different steps towards the finished painting.

Isaac Marzioli - Freelance Illustrator said...

Holy cow! Terrific piece! Still life pieces are hard to do because they can come out quite boring - or...if you're doing something so realistic, if you're off on stuff it totally shows - but your illustration here....it's quite good!

The glass is amazing - and glass is so hard to do...and all that folding cloth. Great stuff!

Steve Harpster said...

This is really nice work, very impressed.

I would also like to learn how to oil paint. I have been watching videos on YouTube and they have been some help. I think you have to just jump in and get messy. I am also interested in water soluble oils. I can't find them anywhere tough. I was reading an art mag and artist Brom paints in acrylics and then finishes with oils. That could be cool too.