Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Adam & Eve Progression

After a few doodles,this composition sketch
seemed to express the idea best.


In the initial block-in I drew the figures, tree and background
with loose washy strokes of diluted oil paint, over a canvas
panel pre-toned a cold turquoise blue . The main goal here
was capturing the telling attitudes and gestures of the "actors"
and arranging the shapes of the composition effectively.


Here details of form, structure and modeling have been
added--the snake's gesture has been sharpened, and a bit
of anatomy built up in the figures. The tree structure is
vague, and the color and tonal scheme is still undecided.


Now the entire picture has been lowered in tone and the
contrast heightened to focus attention on the characters,
especially Eve and the Snake. I've adjusted details of acting,
anatomy and pose; the snake's hands and body, Adam's right
arm, Eve's face and hands, and I've repositioned Eve's legs
slightly. The structure of the tree is better. One more good
painting session may finish this piece--it needs a final pass
to harmonize tones and color, and add subtle finishing details.



A while ago I was invited by my friend Bill Wray to join him in a show of cartoony humorous animal paintings at Lunar Boy Gallery in Astoria, Oregon. I did seven pieces (view images here), but didn't complete this Adam and Eve picture because I decided to exclude human animals from this set of paintings.
Above are snapshots of this fantasy image in progress--I need another session or two to finish it, I'll post them as I proceed.

22 comments:

william wray said...

Bret you are all or nothing! Moderation! ;-) One of these posts every few days over a month rather than this explosion of lovely art. This much all at once is like doing a magic show for an empty tent. A regular rhythm will get you regulars posters and you might want to visit other sites and comment on artists you like, that will bring more traffic as people follow you posts to your blog. Fantastic, you know I love ya.

HartCactus said...

Very cool painting Bret!

-hart

Echo said...

Man those are great!! And especially thanks for sharing your painting procedures or secrets :D

Esteban Pedreros said...

Hi, I visited the Lunar Boys Gallery, I particularly liked the cat's mannerism, and the dancing Crocodrile :D
Thanks for sharing your work, I enjoy to read the process behind every painting

Bret Blevins said...

Thanks for the kind words everyone--I hope to finish this piece soon and we can all see how it turns out!
I intend to snap more in-progress photos as I grow accustomed to feeding this blog, and post the process of various images and projects. I'm always curious about how things are created, and I suspect most people are, especially fellow artists.

Brian Churilla said...

Bloody brilliant.

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