The process of painting "Lucy" oil on canvas...
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My inspiration comes and goes in waves. It always starts with me having some crazy dream, or coming across a really cool editorial photo. Usually creativity hits me at the most inopportune times, like in the middle of the night when I have to wake up early the next day and be a productive adult. However, now that I have a studio that is separate from my home, I am better at managing my time when working on a piece & tend to keep to a better schedule. I am currently working on a portrait called "Lucy" using oil paint on canvas, which for the past few years has been my preferred medium.
The first few steps that I take involve choosing what scale I want to work with, then getting a rough outline of the idea in my sketchbook before putting paint on canvas. After the idea is out in the real world and not just in my mind, I get started. Here is a short step by step:
1. Using a very light color, preferably in the same color family that my end result will be in, I create a gesture of my subject matter to get the proper scale in place.
2. I start working on the background and get an outline of my shadows and highlights. (I always go in later and add some more layers and depth)
3. I get more in depth with shadows, this time using the natural skin tones of my subject.
4. Begin to add more details to the facial features.
5. Finally start working on the eyes. These will be a focal point so I really study my reference and take time, but try not to overwork.
6. From here on I continue to add more details over all until I complete the piece.
"Lucy" Is still a work in progress. I try not to put a time frame on my paintings. If I feel rushed, it will definitely show and will just end up a mess. If you are struggling with painting in oils, patience is key! If you need any other tips or tricks, please send over your questions via our contact page, instagram, or twitter.
Co-Creator of Glitter & Neon
Hello and welcome to Glitter & Neon, a place to dump all your creativity and show us what inspires you. We launched this site and podcast to bring creative minds, artists, and musicians in our community together. If you are an emerging artist or have been in the industry for years, then you are in the right place. Here you will find a very small recap of our first podcast ever! For more info on why we launched this project, what our artistic pet peeves are, and to get a taste of our awkward nature, have a listen here: Podcast #1
Sasha: Has a lot to talk about, but doesn't talk a lot. She is a graphic designer and illustrator.
Janet: I talk too much when I'm nervous. I am a painter and freelance artist.
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We met in 2004, our junior year of high school, and have stayed friends for over 13 years now. Even though we are polar opposites, the love for art and music really brought us together. During this time we really used music to fuel inspiration, and one of the bands that stands out in both our minds is Save the Day. Full of angst and dark lyrics, it was the perfect soundtrack for our last two years in high school. There are so many other bands that we can name, Briertone, AFI, Boys Night Out, The White Stripes, The Used etc. but we really bonded over Saves the Day.
Our very first collaboration was a mural project where we had to create a replica of the painting "La Mandolina" by Jose Royo. Both of us agree that this was a challenge, as far as scale and style. However, it pushed us to improve our skill as artists, and we really found where our strengths and weaknesses were. The second large scale collaboration we did was another mural but this time replicating Edward Hopper's "Room In New York" Sasha was originally drawn to this painting because of the piano which has a big significance in her life on a personal level. Once we started working on this piece it turned out to be a large influence in my [Janet] painting technique later on with my own original pieces. Both murals are still up at the high school for all future generations to admire. One of these days we will pay them a visit, so stay connected with us through our Instagram and Twitter where we will keep you up to date on all our artistic adventures.
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Co-creator of Glitter & Neon
Glitter + Neon
A pair of artists & friends encouraging and inspiring the arts one post at a time.