I know I have been absent for a while.
I started a comission for a new client and let's just say: it went a bit all over the place. But I learned a ton (still learning, since I am not done yet) and I consider it a good experience.
Since I want to show all the work that went into it but it is not done, I hope you are fine with me posting something else in the meantime.
I am currently at my parents' house, without my girl and my child (missing them). But although I could have slept until 10am I woke up at 6:30 as usual.
I couldn't sleep so I decided to do something with my time and build a stilllife and painted it.
I am using a hard, chalk brush for the drawing and color-lay-in. I keep the planes seperated for easier manipulation.
The hardest thing as usual is getting a good drawing. I used to underestimate the difficulty of drawing in the right perspective, so using blocky forms like the wooden blocks is a good way of training that in my opinion. I also wanted an ellipse in there so the watch was a good choice.
I tried to stick to the hard brush for most of the things, because I like the simplicity and immediacy of the mark-making. For blending I just lowered the opacity manually to 10 or 20%.
For the highlights on the watch I used the dodge-tool, it is just the easiest way to get a metal-look.
I will upload the PSD, so if you are interested in the layer-management (though it isn't something special), you are invited to do so.
Hope you have a nice day and talk to you soon.
All the best,