Hello I'm Mike Manley, welcome to my studio Blog. I am veteran comic, animation artist and created and edit Draw! Magazine. This blog is a chronicle of what's happening in my studio at home or in school,follow as I show my process and as a cartoonist, painter, teacher and more. I've just graduated with a Masters In Art from he Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art. Follow my process and path as an painter, cartoonist and teacher and find out how they inform and enrich each other!
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Final Semester Week 9
This is the painting I finished this week in the studio. It wasn't the next painting i had planned on making but it's funny how things happen that way. While in the studio on Tuesday during a break in Scott Noel's class I was back in the studio getting some more paint for my palette and turned around and saw this scene on my work table. Its what i call one of the 1000 incidents of beauty you see every day. i have a folder on my facebook page full of these type of pictures or fleeting moments we all see or pass every day if we stop to notice them. Since I was in class I just snapped about a dozen or so pics with my iphone and went back to class. After class I reviewed my pics and really liked the light event happening so much i started a painting that night. None of the pics were excatly the right anglge so I worked from several of the pictures to get the drawing right and I could look right behind me to check things as that set-up was right behind my chair. then i blocked the painting in and had to wait till Friday to finish it as i ha to catch up on the Judge P strip.
One of the things I was really working on in this picture was the whites, using a lot more zinc, which is more translucent for the cooler whites in the background and the plastic bag and the Brisk bottle. I used the titanium for the bolder and warmer light on the table, and mixed in just a little touch of yellow ochre to warm it up. It was one long marathon painting session to finish it up, I stated Friday at around 6 and finished Saturday morning at 7am. I love to work this way and all the years of long deadlines doing comics and storyboard have given me the endurance to stay in the chair painting. I think I not only get more done but also get more intense concentration and that gives me better results. I know, its all based on your endurance, you concentration, and for some people their way is to work in shorter bursts. It's all what works for you. While I was painting the annual PAFA Drawathon was happening across the street in the old Historic Building. I didn't attend the event this year or help run one of the sessions like last year, I painted instead as the weeks are counting down fast and I need to spend every second painting I can. I did slip over a few times to stretch the legs and grabs some free pizza , which went quick. Free and students always go together well!