This week I knuckled down and got some colour comps done for my Hogwarts Portrait. I initially started in photoshop and then freaked out that it was too constricting and taking to long. So I WHIPPED OUT the traditional paints and got messy on some canvas sheets.
The Ravenclaw colours, traditionally, are Blue and Bronze, whereas in the Harry Potter movies, they changed it to Blue and Silver. I have been playing with both colour choices to see which I like best.
I would like to stay true to the books and keep with the bronze, but my highschool colours were aghem, blue, gold and grey. The comps are making me feel like I’m just sticking myself into my old highschool uniform, which is SO not the point! Note to self: unyellow that bronze!
Without further rambling, here they are. The first three were done in acrylics and the last in oils.
With my Witch hat done, and my new robe having safely arrived in the mail, I got down to taking the reference shots for my Hogwarts Alumni Painting. I would share a montage of my photoshoot, but I kept getting photobombed by a four year old.
And she wasn’t wearing any pants.
But, excite! I got right into the charcoal sketch and LE GASP! It came together super quickly! So here it is, me in all my witchy glory. With a giant dog. Because if Hogwarts is going to allow students to bring in cats and toads, they really should allow giant dogs.
The painting I’m currently working on is… dun dun dun…. A Hogwarts Alumni Self Portrait. This is primarily a “practice the things you’ve been learning” piece, but also, who doesn’t want to pretend they went to Hogwarts, and have the evidence to PROVE IT? 😛
Right now I am in the gather all the references phase. Part of that includes making the references I need. Could I have bought a witch’s hat off of the ebay like I did for the robe? Yes, Yes I could have, but I had newspaper in abundance and also, sculpting things is FUN!
Why didn’t I make a witches robe? Because I do not have fabric in abundance and sewing is not so much fun.
The image collage shows the basic steps that went into this project.
1) Basic Shapes from random cardboard plus duct tape
2) Base Layer of Paper Mache, left to dry with wood blocks for shaping
3) Second Layer of Paper Mache
4) Final Paper Mache in which I built up some ridges and textures
Was I working on a tarp, on the floor of my office space? Yes, yes I was. It might not be the ideal way to sculpt, but I don’t really have the desk space for it so the floor it is! Also… SUPER MESSY.
Next step, REFERENCE PHOTOS! SKETCHES! MUCH EXCITE!
This week has been spent trying to figure out masking in Photoshop! The assignment? Make a weird creature with masking?
How am I doing?
eh… not there yet.
Here’s my first exploratory guy:
And here’s me trying to get him into a nice composition and all painted up. Yeah, he needs work. Lots of it. Urk.
But that’s how it goes with new techniques. Eventually my brain will catch on and figure out what to do. For now, I shall embrace the pain.
In other news, I’m planning a Hogwarts Alumni self portrait to practice my new found photoshop techniques. I ordered a robe off of ebay. A ROBE! and I’m crafting a witch hat from paper mache. Reference, reference reference!
More updates on that when it actually starts to look like something. 😛