This is the last week of video observation practice. My 10 minute practice drawings seemed to follow a war theme this week although it wasn’t intentional. It began when I watched a documentary on the Vietnam War which was horrific in places and difficult to watch. Then I got into looking at clips of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines. Finally I ended up, where I nearly always end up, with Star Wars!
Here’s the picture I sketched from the documentary…
Here’s a sketch of Royal Marines deploying in a RIB from an RN ship…
And here’s a Star Wars rebel fighter pilot going into hyperspace!
Before I continue with the course I want to have a bit of freedom for a day. I decided to paint a sunset. I used a big round brush – new from Hobbycraft last weekend. I decided to make it loose and strongly coloured. However, the brush decided to drop not one or two but nine hairs all over my painting (even though I had washed and prepared the brush properly before hand). So in trying to get these hairs off I ruined the painting. (That’s the first and last time I buy brushes there.)
However, I’ve seen a technique where paint is deliberately removed with newspaper to make a textured background so I thought I could use this small ‘problem-ette’ as an opportunity to try it without wasting anything if it didn’t work.
It did make quite an exciting texture although it is a bit messy and busy for my taste. It reminded me of the “scortched earth” in various post-apocalyptic stories (I’m reading Stephen King’s “The Stand” at the moment) so I painted a dead tree and a kneeling person next to it to push the idea of things being quite broken and the picture was done. It’s very much an experiment but at least I got something out of it. (Plus – big bonus – my son likes the style!)
Here it is: