Saturday, March 14, 2009

Process 2: The Tonals



Man the week went by fast! Lots of people are revisiting the site and leaving cool comments so thanks a lot bloggers! So here I am again on Sat morning thinking about what I should post...hmmm....well since the topic of the last two have been about "the process", I guess I'll just continue in that direction for now. The most important element to me in a painting is value. And executing a very clearly thought out tonal plan for a painting really frees me up in finishing a painting. The values have already placed some sort of a "parameter", so to speak, of what the color should be. That was a mouthful. I wonder if that made sense. Well, color is composed of a couple of qualites as you guys know already, hue, value, and intensity. When you get value kind of worked out, and with the type of painting I do, to a certain extent intensity, you're well on your way to getting some color that people won't hate and gag over. So this is a scan of the pencil tonals I did for the Star Wars painting I did a while back. I scanned it and printed it to have alongside the painting so I have an idea of the value scheme I wanted for the piece always in mind. And yeah, this tonal work is lying under the painting so it's gone. Like I said, not very efficient and not very professional. Pretty silly uh? For the artists out there, what are your "priorities" to a preliminary painting? Do you have a set procedure? Anyways, have a fantastic weekend folks and have an uber cool week!

9 comments:

Larry Levine said...

Awesome Han Solo & Chewie!!!

Khylov said...

Very cool. I'd've rather had this piece as the cover to whatever box set they release over the next 10 years. Captures that movie poster magic from the late 70's really well.

Process? The balance thing you covered already, so... Guess the golden rule is never being afraid of trashing an old drawing if it's not working out, and starting over. Alot of eraser mileage along with pencil burning. That, and stepping back continually from whatever you're working on to see that balance, if it's there or not.

bog_art said...

This is a fountain of wisdom!.. thanks a lot Joseph for sharing with us your amazing process!.. hey, I am going to be in California for a month or so.. I already know a part of LA but I was wondering if you can give some advices about what to visit here about art.. you know, from an artist to another one.. cheers!..

Niall O loughlin said...

Great blog!!

TH3DEN said...

You know you capture the feel of those posters very well, like they were from the same era :D! Very cool!

As for color i have only started to mess with it in 2008 so i am fairly new to it, i can't say i have a solid process yet. :D But i feel like i have much more learning to do after reading this. Thanks for sharing your process Joseph, its something i look forward to when visiting other's blogs!!

Kat said...

great work!
and i loooove your family guy stuff!

andre medina said...

awesome work!!

Joseph Lee said...

Thank you for the nice words!

bog-art: If you're ever by the southern California area there a few great museums to check out like the Ghetty and Armand Hammer.

C.Bennett said...

Thats some pretty cool Sh~~! Like the Family guy stuff to, but nice to see stuff not work related.