August 29, 2013

Baden bangs his Drums!

In doing this caricature I learned the value of TIGHT drawings. The process cant be skipped although I also suppose there is no right or wrong one, or way of reaching a finish.. hmm. Enjoyment is the key. Ive been thinking about art and commercialism, being payed for what you love doing is a bit of a slave mentality, someone pointed out this week. Enough about that.

Here is Baden, his birthday card I did too and posted that design in a previous post. Caricature in my understanding is meant to be loose, linework bordering cartoons. I suppose actually that IS its essence, rather than what I find i have wondered off into: more portraiture, in achieving the likeness. Its a difficult thing to just jump into though.. I would like to give it another good go fairly soon.. since this is a revisit after quite a few years now. Cartoons and characateurs being quite a specialized and established style.

I recently had the good fortune to meet a very successful and established cartoonist, who i have been inspired by for some time. Its good to be networking more these days and mingling with other creative people.

Here is a link to the figurehead of characaeur art as I have come to understand it..
Below is a few process shots of the caricature of Baden.

Pencils (this stage is NB!) and then a few washes of watercolours


Inks and touch ups in pencils crayons (Aquerelle). This is done on light Fabriano paper.

August 22, 2013

Stellenbosch Road Trip

Curt's Plein Air Discoveries:

Out yesterday with the intention to paint, in watercolour, plein-air as close to the snow covered peaks of
our mountanous southern peninsula as I could. These are a few things on reflection, as a reminder for the
future and also a way of consolidating the experience and also instilling them more in myself.

1stly, I was somewhat indecisive it must be said. So: know what your intentions are. In other words, to go
out to paint, you will be ready for it, you will know how it is done and that you can do it. This was in-
hibited in my case because I was more enthusiastic to get out, just drive out, than to paint. One could argue 
it is a fine point becasue plein air is also about getting out.. so you see. Knowing I will paint plein air
and going out TO plain air being different.

2nd Preparation is key, in watercolour nothing is left to automata, that is, it cannot be achieved in the 
act, instead it is done before in contemplation, there are no shortcuts. The PROCESS is the enjoyment.
So be certain of it all the way, otherwise bad paintings result. This sort of follows on from one as it is also in the end about being present, but is a little more media specific.. I believe this is required for transparent

3rd Be more happy with where you are than with what you will paint. Perhaps this is to trick yourself in 
some way, the point holds true again only to the degree of presence achieved. Unless I am really determined
to capture something I need to know .. FEEL like I can paint what Im choosing to, in this sense comfortable 
is perhaps also about confidence. 

Other useful points leading from or to the above: Equipment.. be sure it is all there. You need some few
basic things on hand. This must be worked out in advance too. For ease of access and quick setup. This
cannot become a shlep or uncertainty or the work will be too. I will make a new note on my kit next.

Treat it as study, all good work comes from enjoyment. If the intention is to study, to paint a masterpiece
is bonus. Take time to find a view you can paint, forget about the painting and see the world, let it become
revealed. If I am loose but also engaging with the technique I will be more effective. Draw as much as is 
needed to understand the composition before going to paint. I am of the impression, a watercolour painting
demands thorough pencil work in preparation, but this will not be a solid rule. Still, be certain of skip-
ping the rough. 

Thats all. 

August 16, 2013

Two Boats

Some boats what floats at the harbour in Kalk Bay.. Spent this day with a friend on the peer having croissants from a nice nearby cafe and take away coffee. Our ritual Wednesday mornings. These watercolour studies have been teaching me so much. As always studies and paintings, where do I make the mark, when I do, how do I distinguish? Its all about nowness. I like that lesson most of all. 

What else have I realised. .. lets just stick to paintings shall we..

August 08, 2013

Misty day at Muizenburg

I enjoyed painting this .. it had so much potential tonally, and so I'm lacking slightly on composition. What with trying to fit two cars in at one point. I did paint in a sign not meant to be painted in. The whole scene was something hard to look at much less paint, although considerable craft lies therein. Suffice it that I got to doing the sky.. and it called for another layer of colour, however I then moved on, my first wash being only yellow, eventually limiting my palette to 3 main colours.

Spending time in this way is truly a blessing of the moment. Where I like to be, and struggle to most often. I wish to do more nature though and less architecture as has been the case lately.

Muisenburg is a pretty corner though, the buildings unique and marvelously out in the open. Had a chat to Richard at Empire Books and then took a stroll, coming to sit on a bench along the somewhat abandoned feeling promenade that runs above street level atop of the putt-putt course. There used to be bumper boats there but those too were abandoned, the pool filled in.

Unfortunately this photo did not come out well enough at all. I shall do my best to fix this soon, but for now a humble lesson in tone. And a little (little) edit in photoshop!

August 03, 2013

Baden's YAMAHA

Here is my first officially finished in Photoshop : .. picture! For the record..
I can dig this program, only I DID uninstall and re-install yesterday, because my cursor changed and I didn't know how to fix that. Guess I did in the end. This bike was sketched, inked and painted first. It is for an invitation to a 60th.