July 12, 2015

Acrylic studio course at ACAD (....continued)

Coming in and seeing all the progress each day is very exciting. Then I do my morning lecture and demo.
We do a demo about the tips and ticks I've learned over the years for effective masking, taping, stenciling and shields.
Still blocking in the colours of this one but the grid and drawing are quickly disappearing below.
daisy is making  alot of progress and making changes improving upon the initial colour study.
The colours are popping much more on the black ground than the rubbed in canvas on the colour study above.
The background, table frame and sweater read as flat in juxtaposition to the more realistic rendering on the portrait.
My demo space gets more and more chaotic and full of supplies and examples as we progress. I show different coatings like "pour on", plus varnishes and glazes.
Some stenciled dance pose silhouettes tamped in with iridescent metallic acrylic paints. I love a painted hand, especially this rich Ultramarine Blue. reminds me of Yves Klein blue.
When its dry she goes in with some vertical masking and various glazes to knock back the metallic stencils.
Followed by more layers and thicker stripes of colours.
Studious concentration as they work hard towards their goals.
Daisy makes more progress and on her colour study are some demonstrations of various foreground vegetation techniques.
More dark allows the lights that are put on top to pop and makes it easier to have shadows underneath.
The girls get their tape on and build up the base tones.
Concentration and diligence get you closer and closer to the goal, leaving you with a sense of achievement at the end of the day, if not you've just got to keep going.

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