Monday, June 9, 2014

Bloodstone study

I really love this Frazetta painting - it's an object lesson in how to paint. I was struck by how similar it is to the last Bridgman sketch I did - Bridgeman studied Michelangelo and Frank studied Bridgeman. And it shows. 

He used the simplest most direct method imaginable for this - he laid in his outlines and shadows with a dark purple-black and mixed up his complementary pale yellowish flesh tone. This would be his light color. At the top, on the light-facing planes, he applied it full strength, and for the transitions he mixed it with the shadow color. Spectacularly simple! It's duotone painting at its finest. He did scrub in a little red here and there for bounce light to make the forms pop. The paint is applied to define planes as simply as possible. 

The green orb behind the figure is done similarly, but of course is a much simpler form. He worked a few extra shades of blue-green and grey in to give it some colorful modeling. 

I want to try to do this in oil paint. I think it's time. 

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