I came across an inspiring photo of a girl holding a kite and thought… Yes! This would be perfect for the figure painting which I planned to do with a little experimentation. Like I mentioned in the previous post- I was itching to paint a figure… and after reading a few lessons at Susan Harrison-Tustain’s site, I was even eager to try something new. Her paintings were really awesome and she generously shared some tips about her precious painting techniques in watercolor and oil there.
I’d like to record the steps I’ve taken for this painting. So, here goes..
Firstly, I did the pencil sketch of the little girl with the kite in her hands. The sketch was quite light.. plus the bad lighting.. ugh!
Then, using Susan’s technique of ‘yellow’ paint mapping, I painted the whole paper with the yellow paint. According to Susan, this method could give more ‘glowing’ effect to our painting later on. The part with darker tones, we should give it more yellow concentration at the base.
I also planned to limit my colors… so when my base dried, I laid down a few of ‘major’ colors for the painting. Then I put more colors on her hair, face, t-shirt and batik sarong which she wore like a long skirt. I must say I was quite proud of myself that I didn’t ‘follow’ the photo 100% (yay!). In the original photo, the girl was not wearing batik and the shirt’s color was different too.
Then, more concentration was given to the quiet wall…
At this point, I was a bit apprehensive because I knew I wanted to do something different with the kite. For me, the kite was a ‘symbol’. You know, like freedom or happiness… but how should I stressed my point..? Of course, I could just leave it empty and let my viewer’s figured it out. But let’s just say, I wanted the kite to ‘speak’. So I played around with an idea… what if I tried a bit of ‘collage’ work?
A few themes ran through my mind. Of course there were loads of issues in regard of children. I just needed to pick out one.
So,here what I had so far… I guess, my point was to bring across some positive elements for bringing up a child in this world. At the end, we could only but HOPE. No one knows what the future holds, really.
Hmm… I might have used quite a lot of yellow until the skin became quite ‘orangy‘. But there’s no doubt that the yellow base has helped to give the glowing effect.
This painting, for me is still in progress… because I think the shadow should be darker… and the wall could be improved a bit more with some textures and stuff. The hair.. maybe needed some darkening too.
What do you think…?