Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Robin Hood 3 day 1

 I am working on the third Robin Hood cover in the series of books by I.A. Watson that I have been doing for Airship 27. I started out by doing this really quick sketch to get the cover idea approved  and then went aboyt shooting my model and gathering reference. this time the cover is about Robin hunting the "Heart of the Forest". After quickly sketching down the figures and a very simple fashion I started in right away on the painting. I iod some things different this time, first this one is on canvas that I covered with an additional coat of Oil Primer to give it a better surface than the standard acrylic primer that often ends up feeling like sandpaper.
 This was all done in one day after i did my self portrait in the previous post, and I will update as  go along. I changed things from the sketch feeling the bush/tree near the deer competed with it too much, the trees in the background will now be more ghostly as well as the deer and it ethereal ligh. Its still a work in progress so many things are still open to change.

5 comments:

Nghia said...

Did you also prime the canvas on the same day? I heard that it takes quite awhile for the oil primer to dry. Also is there a gesso layer under the oil primer or is it just one coat of oil primer? I'm curious because I heard that painting on oil prime is much better and the colors are more vibrant.

Michael Manley said...

Yes, it does take a day or so for the oil primer to dry depending on heat and humidity. It is a much better surface to paint on and yes, the colors are brighter and the surface has better performance, the oil doesn't get sucked in as much, especially the dark or earth colors. I am painting on a Dick Blick canvas which already had acrylic primer on it before I applied the Windsor Newton Oil Primer.

Nghia said...

Sounds good, I will give the oil primer a try. By the way how did you go about transferring your line work onto the canvas?

Michael Manley said...

If you follow this link http://drawman.blogspot.com/search?q=Robin+Hood you can see my process on the other Robin Hood paintings

Ade Salmon said...

Beautiful.