Light is at once both obvious and mysterious. We are bathed in yellow warmth every day and stave off the darkness with incandescent and fluorescent bulbs .
Color is one of the most powerful of elements. It has tremendous expressive qualities. Understanding the uses of color is crucial to effective composition in design and the fine arts. The word color is the general term which applies to the whole subject - red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet, black and white and all possible combinations thereof.
Ok, part two got busy so I posted before and after...if you can read my writing, there are things in there that might be helpful. A counterpoint is an accent of some kind, either a color or a lighter value that illuminates or colors an entire area a brighter hue or value without having to paint the entire area that color. Since the face is primarily warm, to make sure the highlight sings, it is opposite in temperature, offsetting the warms, making the head less analogous in the painting... The accents are the other big deal, they are pure out of the tube dark value colors, ultramarine blue, alizeron, viridian...colors that start almost black. In little portions, the highlights and accents add the additional two values to the painting necessary to make it feel full value since we cannot go full value if you brighten the chroma. Anyway, the picture shows an observation to the two parts of each area of a surface so I can light it, or paint it correctly.
Sketches are a very important instrument for me. The sketch often is the fastest way to visualize and record an idea.
> The Black Parade Special Edition Box > Giro 2007 Bike Catalog I posted a large cache of new illustrations on www.jamesjean.com yesterday. The Black Parade (My Chemical Romance) album just came out in the US, and I'm looking forward to seeing how the special edition box was put together. The final art was a bit more desaturated than my original version, but it should complement the photography in the overall package.
Traditional Art / Moleskine Sketchbook #01 In late 2008 I happened upon my first Moleskine sketchbook and I don't think I will ever use another brand of sketchbook ever again. The quality, feel, slight yellow tinge - all of it just so pleasant to draw on. When I first started sketching inside of the book, I felt my line quality and hatching were somewhat lacking and so I set myself a goal. Even now, I do not know exactly what that goal is, other than when my work meets it, hopefully I will know. Enough writing though, here are some choice pages from my first moleskine.
Carne Griffiths’ artwork is born from a love of drawing and the journey of creating an image on the page. Working primarily with calligraphy ink, graphite and liquids, such as tea brandy, vodka and whisky he draws and then manipulates the drawn line. After graduating from Maidstone college of art Carne served an apprenticeship and worked as a gold wire embroidery designer for 12 years, hence floral pattern, repetition and flow play a large part in his work.