Week 4

Before demo.

After demo - texture gel is still wet.

After texture gel dried. 

Today was our fourth class working on these portraits. In my demonstration I went back and repeated some of the techniques I demonstrated in previous classes. My purpose in doing this was to make the point that we often think sequentially about art processes: 1. draw composition 2. block in collage elements 3. paint on top of collage 4. finish with glaze. We also think of some art mediums (like transfer paper) as preparatory mediums that ultimately get covered up.

I wanted to show you how these materials and techniques can be layered and can achieve very different results when done in a variety of sequences.  In my demonstration I used tracing paper to trace a part of the portrait I wanted to add some red lines to using the transfer paper. While holding the tracing paper in place I put some red transfer paper under it and scribbled in the areas I had traced. The quality of line you get from transfer paper is very different than what you would get with paint or even colored pencil.

In a similar way I traced a specific shape (the shirt area) that I wanted to add collage to. Then I did a transfer drawing of that shape onto a image from a magazine that I wanted to use as collage. I cut the shape out and collaged it onto the portrait and the piece fit the shape precisely. 

Next I added some interesting glazed color with the bleeding tissue by painting clear acrylic medium in the area I wanted color then placing a piece of red tissue paper into the wet paint. I let the tissue paper sit for a couple minutes and then pulled it up. While the tissue paper pigment was still wet I painted into it with some opaque white acrylic and some glazed skin tones. 

At the end of class I showed you how to use gel medium to add a transparent layer of texture. Next week we are going to make this texture pop out with a final glaze. 

A little bit of everything. Hope I didn't confuse you too much. Again I want to emphasize that all these materials and techniques don't need to happen in discrete stages. 



(I didn't catch many of you before the end of class so not many pictures this week.)