Another painting from Kyoto. It’s the last days of the exhibition, so only until Saturday to see it in real! I offer anyone who wants a personal tour, since I live close enough to drop by… and I’m always curious about reactions and opinions
“Machiya Family”, oil on 45 x 38 cm linen canvas.
Here are some steps of the process. After scouting the house, I first made some sketches. As with all the paintings there, I mixed several perspectives into one. So it needed some figuring out.
This high format, with the street bending the other way, was one possible option – but I went for the wide format to give more room to the lower area.
I came back the next morning to continue and found this stool waiting for me in front of the house, with a little message in German. Meeting the really nice family of this house – and getting some support (morally and coffeiny), made it all very enjoyable and motivating.
“Good Day Thomas! Give your Best! (with a little dragon painting one of the children living there)”
With this I couldn’t disappoint. Here is the sketch on canvas at the second day.
In this case I started with a pencil sketch, and as per usual mixed all colors before painting. That helps me to figure out the color relationships.
The base I had at the evening. That goes usually fast.
It took me two more days. At home I added some details that I could paint from memory. I also choose to open the door, to make it look as welcoming as I experienced it.
Here is another work-in-progress of the portrait mashup I did at the Portrait Month.
That one is over now sadly – still want to finish the image though (see first step here). So maybe one or two portraits will still come. But the next event is planned: I’ll be at the Noordwijk Painting Festival – where lots of artists paint from real life for one week. Expect lots of beach-pictures coming up!
The second week of the portrait month is on.
Painting people for three days in a row really taught me a lot, I should do it more often – else its really just walking in shallow waters. Anyways, here is a work in progress – planning to have two or three more faces on this canvas. And maybe I’ll fill up the white with a dark color so the colors come out more.
And the 3rd version of the Marta Oil painting (after first WIP and second one). Near the end of the session the model agreed to come another time – so it would have been done, but I sure appreciate having lots of time to do the face, and then just tweak. I really spent a lot of time just observing and thinking – and that paid off in my opinion.
- Ok, this “Jeff Koons must die” video game is a bit radical – but hilarious. Funny how much time the artist must have put in to copy Koons’s artworks – considering he doesn’t seem to like it.
- And some inspiration for concept artists: Forget Hollywood – these insects (called treehoppers) have the most alien body-appendages ever. Scientists just found out that it is transformed wings from ancient evolution. But what they are for is mostly unknown. (more pictures are here, and here)
And shameless as I am – I’ll crosspost again about my game. This time I can finally show some trailer. I’ve got some interesting feedback already. It is of course tricky – because not only is everything not even half done, but much has to be rushed. I’m the only artist on it for now, and can only work on it in-between earning money – so there are limits, and I cannot fix all critique. But good to hear anyways – so I will for example probably still tune down the light colors. We also will tighten up the level, so that the breaks between the player-interaction are smaller.
If you live around Utrecht, you can check the game on the upcoming Saturday – 14th of May in the Dutch Game Garden.
Here is my current oil painting as a work in progress shot – two more sessions coming up on this one.
"Marta" - work in progress 1
Also, since I spent sooo much time on these assets and videos, I’ll post them here too: This is the bigger object that has final quality for “caromble. Still will have to adjust the style a little bit in future assets.
Before I’m off again for the third session, here’s a quick update on the painting I showed off last week. Probably won’t finish it today – fixes on the face are left, the eyes of course, hands, dress, flower-bucket… too much, so I’m planning to make one session without model next week.