Friday, November 19, 2010

Progress Shots Part 2

In my previous post I shared the progress of my "Nectar" painting. This post is the progress of my second painting, "White Moth" which is a little less involved than "Nectar" was. I learned that I spent a little too much time working on the under-painting in acrylic on "Nectar" and ended up just painting over it anyways, so I thought I'd be more efficient and move straight into oil with this painting.
1. This is a picture of how I color the back of the print out with conte crayon, like I did for "Nectar". You can also see here that its printed on 4 sheets of paper.

2. The conte transfer on the canvas.

3. I decided to clear gesso over the transfer so the conte wouldn't get mixed into the oil paint (this picture is before I brushed the gesso over the entire canvas)

4. First oil paint layer--painted the skin, eyes, and hair then let dry before going on to the next layer (I used a lot of liquin as my oil paint medium so it would dry fairly quickly, although I used a lot of phthalo blue in my black, in both this and the "Nectar" painting, so that black took FOREVER to dry. Quinacridone magenta and Alizarin crimson [which I used for the eyes] also seem to take a while to dry fyi)

5. Painted gradient, moths, and orchids...unfortunately painted the moths and orchids before the gradient and they weren't dry yet so the edges got a little messed up. In retrospect, I think the best way would've been to paint the gradient first and let it completely dry before even applying the transfer. I knew that the oil paint was going to take too long to dry, though, and trying to paint the gradient with acrylics would've been this is kinda how it ended up working for this one lol.

6. I repainted the edges on the moths' wings and orchids and more details overall to the whole piece. The kanji in the final piece was painted at the very, very end (I had to wait for the banner to dry lol)

As always, let me know if you have any questions or comments!

Progress Shots

Hello hello hello!

I really like it and find it helpful when artists post progress shots of their work so I made a couple for my newest paintings. The first is "Nectar" which is oil on canvas.
1. After scanning the sketch I did on paper, reworking a few things in Photoshop and sizing it up and printing it; I colored the back of the paper with brown conte crayon (like pastels). I then laid the print out over the top of the canvas, lined up the center and traced over the lines on the front, pushing the conte into the canvas (like carbon paper).

2. I traced over the lines with Sharpe so they wouldn't get lost while painting over them. I then realized that Sharpe, much to my disappointment, is NOT waterproof (oops!) and I had this sinking feeling that it would keep bleeding up through my painting so I applied clear gesso over the top of the Sharpe lines so they wouldn't come back through.

3. I tried making a gradient with an airbrush, ended up just not really working lol.

4. First acrylic underpainting.

5. Second acrylic layer.

6. Third acrylic layer. I didn't like how bright and Hawaiian looking the hair+flower combo was looking so I glazed over it with some yellow ochre to tone it down and make it look more honey colored. I also thought the background looked a little bare without the gradient so I tried painting in some cherry blossom branches (although in the end I decided they were too distracting)

7. First oil paint layer. Working on making the skin tone more blended

8. Second oil paint layer. Still working on the skin tone while also working on the hair and flowers.

9. 3rd oil paint layer. Add details like the bees' wings, kanji and eyes. At the very end (the final image you can see if you click the link above) I added more to her hair to make it more dynamic and realistic.

I'm sorry that's so much writing lol! Let me know if you have any questions :D

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The WIP shot of one of my newest works followed by the final picture! XD
Original Photo - Sideshow Sito
Model - Miss Mosh
My DeviantArt - CupcakeAshley

Saturday, December 26, 2009

WIP Shots of Current Paintings

These are just blurry shots from my cell phone--make sure to check out my site if you want to see better quality images of the final paintings (Except "Untitled (Allegorical Self-Portrait)" which isn't finished yet :D)

Paintings in order of appearance:
"Hello Kitty" or "Figure in an Interior I"(Acrylic)
"Minnie Mouse" or "Figure in an Interior II" (Acrylic)
"Untitled (Allegorical Self-Portrait)" (Oil)
"Saint Alice" (Oil)

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Pics from my Senior Thesis Show

I had my first solo show at the Phyllis Gill Gallery from Nov. 30th to Dec. 4th and thought it'd good idea to post images from the show. So...enjoy! (btw, formatting with pictures is not if something comes out wacky, I apologize)

Show post-card printed at a good price through R3D Graphics

First post! Make it great!

There's so much pressure to make this first post good. Like, I want to be able to go back and look at my first post and go "wow, that was witty, intelligent, and insightful, and doesn't ramble and come off too...valley girl." Something makes me think that isn't going to quite happen. Never does.

I guess I'll make an introduction, yes? My name is Ashley Schudar and I make both traditional and digital art. I've recently graduated from the University of California, Riverside with a Bachelors in Studio Art and English (I couldn't make up my mind, as I never can.) My "portfolio" (I use "portfolio" loosely knowing that its not a traditional digital art portfolio which is minimal and to the point. Its more of an Ashley-fied portfolio where I snazzy it up. Maybe) is

Here I hope to post WIPs (that always makes me think of RIP...which is depressing) and other shit that has nothing to do with portfolio work. Hopefully I'll gather some followers and people who like mah shit will have a venue to follow what I do. Which would be rad.

Oh, and of course, crits and comments always welcome :D