Thursday, January 25, 2007

Drawing awaiting paint

A new drawing I am doing in preparation of a new oil painting.I am all of the sudden having trouble finding the right size Masonite board or I may have been finished with the painting by now. I really like painting on board because it allows for so much of my style to show, without fighting the canvas texture. I am excited to get started with this one because I am happy with the drawing, that is probably the most important thing to keep you going with a new painting through the long hours.

17 comments:

S.T. Lewis said...

I too am happy with this drawing. Really nice, Dave.

Cali said...

this drawing is very sweet ...

Mark Behm said...

Nice drawing. Looking forward to seeing the next step.

adrian said...

Love it Dave. Hey .... how long would a painting like this take you? I know my acrylic paintings sometimes take weeks depending on the size and detail, but they're not nearly as refined as yours. Love your stuff Man!

Tim Bye said...

Fantastic drawing Dave - it'll make a great painting! Out of interest how do you transfer your original sketch onto the board?! Keep up the good work!

David Malan said...

Thanks,
Adrian, I ussually end up keeping my paintings at 10-15 hours. I lose interest if it takes too long.

Tim, Thanks I ussually just scan then print it the correct size and go over the basic drawing with tracing paper. It's a good way to avoid major drawing problems while getting into the painting.

Juampa said...

your work is amazing!!! I really like your blog.
cheers!.

Anders said...

I'm still impressed by how efficient you can be with just few lines in all your drawings...

Jason Seiler said...

Great drawing . . . if you don't mind, I was wondering what technique with oils you prefer? Are you a direct painter or . . . ?

Sebastien Gallego said...

Great drawing Dave! I love your line quality.

colin said...

I think this is a wonderful drawing just as it is-- those simple and energetic lines. It seems like she is just about to get up.

It will be interesting to see how it turns out as a painting.

francis said...

such great drawings. i love your line work and the personality that shows in the portraits.

David Malan said...

Thanks again all,
Jason, I really feel like I am still just trying to figure out oil painting, maybe that's something that doesn't go away. But I am still figuring out technique and it seems to change with each new piece. I do go through with a loose soft edged initial layer to get all the basic drawing and ussually colors. Then using walnut oil as my medium, I put down a thin layer of medium and work into it. It gives a nice wet on wet feel as I go through and sharpen and finish the edges. I have been trying different things with underpaintings with comical results.
Also, I think your Condi looks great.

Roland Mechael said...

awesome drawing! looking forward to see the painting!

Roc said...

this is so gorgeous!. . .why is everthing you do so gorgeous???....its not normal.

Mark Reep said...

Outstanding drawing, Dave. The lines describing her arms, shoulders are so nice- Graceful, beautiful, economical. They lead my eye to her hand, her face, and contrast with and enhance the higher level of detail there so effectively. Lovely work.

Nathan Lindsay said...

I really like the expression on this one Dave. I keep checking back for the painted version...