Monday, March 29, 2010

"The White Hart" Work-in-progress

http://justinraven.deviantart.com/art/quot-The-White-Hart-quot-WIP-158841418

"The White Hart" from the original Arthurian tales in the Mabinogion (the story of Geraint/Gereint and Enid). This is chalk pastel on toned paper, my usual technique, so far I have only used two chalk pencils and about four colours. The hart still needs to be warmed up and more highlights added to the streaming light, some of the light cleaned up. I'm not adding in the lower half of the hart, those lines are there just to give me some perspective and anatomy. I really like not using blacks in my paintings, it forces me to think about colour and value contrast. It always amazes me how when you know the value of a particular colour, it doesn't necessarily work at first, but you have to trust yourself and keep working, cause it all starts to come together later. I always start background first and then move into the foreground. I tend to use the primary triad in varying degrees of emphasis on different hues. Hope you guys like it. There is going to be a gold crown/collar on the hart's neck, a rose bush on the right foreground area, and another bush, maybe mistletoe, on the left foreground. These wouldn't necessarily be seen together in nature, but this is a symbolic image, so most of the signifiers have some sort of ancient or cultural significance relating to the mythology of the White Hart.

10 comments:

  1. Wow, nice piece, Justin! I'm especially impressed with the lighting effect on the ears!
    The last time you posted something, I was hoping you'd add to it (I think you did a terrific job!)
    For what it's worth —this time, I'm hoping you'll continue with caution. This has a lot going for it already!
    Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Thanks, Chuck! No problem. I'm really looking forward to working on the antlers :P And the bushes. I will heed thy words...

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  3. I was having a difficult time starting this one, then I remembered something a mentour told me: "You're not what you don't do. For example, a plumber who doesn't plumb, is not a plumber." So, in the end, you just dive right in. You can only do so much planning before you have to start. Actually, something Chris Payne said, along the same lines, also gets me going on pieces I am hesitant about: "Just start painting, you know what colours go where. Just do it."

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  4. The palette is really interesting so far. The pastels scan well too.

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  5. yeah yeah I'm liking it a LOT so far...

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  6. Justin, I'm very impressed with the approach and color choices.

    As Stan Lee would say,"Excelsior!"

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  7. Thanks, Daryll! I love that word :P I'll be finishing it this week. I'm eagerly awaiting the time I can work on the collar crown and chain. I'll bring what I have to the group this week.

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  8. Hi Justin, really nice so far, i love the lighting too - i do hope you'll let us know when it's completed so we can see the finished piece!

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  9. Cheese us, Justin. Is beautiful.

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