Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Painting final

So here is the final version of the painting. This step is just the fleshing out and final detail. Obviously this is rougher than my usual style but I've done that purposely. The initial and rough work is done with bristle brushes and the more finished work is sometimes sable but usually Langnickel Royal Sable which I really like at the moment. The Sable and hog bristle are from an online company called Trekell, who have great prices.
I'll probably have this propped up against the wall in my studio for a couple months to see if it feels okay or I may have to go back to it.

You can see each step in the process here.

13 comments:

Will Russell said...

This is a beautiful painting. It reminds me a little of Christina's World with the expansive field in the background. Great job.

Jeremy Elder said...

This came out wonderful. I like the relative looseness of the background and body. It really helps bring my attention to the tighter rendered face. Plus, I am a sucker for transparent darks. I love seeing the canvas peek through on the coat.

Tony Lovett said...

Really Nice! Great harmony. I love the rendering of the face. Lots of life in those brush strokes and not to tight to look out of place with the rest of the painting. The looseness works beautifully..gives it a dreamy feeling, leads us to the boys' imagination, what is he thinking?

Manoj Sinha said...

It's brilliant!!! I am happy that you change the color of T-shirt. Love the color patches.
David I had posted Danny boyle's caricature. Your suggestions worked. Thanks.

Adrian Lubbers said...

Beautiful dave. I love the rough feel look as well. it gives it a sense of that 1930's atmosphere. A simple, earthy life. WONDERFUL!

Dan said...

Hey, mind if I ask how you transfer your drawings on to your painting surface at the begining?

Just curious, thanks

Niall O loughlin said...

Beautiful painting.

David Malan said...

Dan, recently I have been scanning them arranging them on a Photoshop document and printing them at 100% then I tape it to the board with transfer paper underneath and use a pen to trace the major lines.

Jason Seiler said...

Turned out great Dave, nice look!

DdK said...

wow! I like your style.

TSL said...

Dave, your painting turned out just as I envisioned it would. A poignant piece. He is so like my brother at that age, comtemplative and thoughtful, takes me back to a wonderful time in my life. Thank you for sharing. (PS - my brother is still like that)

Abz said...

i love it!!

Clementina said...

Thank you for your posts. Not only they informative, but it is really something to see a true marriage of real skill and imagination in one artist.
I will make sure to read your blog. I'm sure that it will help me with my own paintings.