Really nice work! Dedication pays off Thanks for sharing.
Really nice work! Dedication pays off Thanks for sharing.
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every time i see your page i get so pissed because its a reminder of how much i need to improve AMAZING WORK!
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The greatest worth is self-mastery.
The greatest quality is seeking to serve others.
the latest three paintings you posted are just amazing.so good to see you painting the form so well- i only wish i could see them in person. the likeness in your self portrait is great. although maybe you should cheer up, you look down haha.
just for the sake of originality(!), i thought i should add a comment on how i really like the paintings and drawings in here.
I'm just curious, what would you say is the "key" to realism? (i've heard serveral different answers to this, i'm just interested in yours) I do realize that it's a combination of several different aspects though
also, i was wondering economically if this(comissions and workshops) is enough to support you and your family, or do you have another job as well? I mean, the way you paint makes me think it should be enough, just curious.
cute kid, reminds me of my own son! (he's 11.5 months)
please keep on posting
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Good to see your self portrait David, (happy?)
As well as the updated pencil works!
Thanks for the updates
Wow ! I'm in total awe!!! I love the soft quality of your drawings.
Kassan, your drawing and rendering skills are masterful. And I enjoy the monochromatic color schemes very much, the subtle color and value distinctions you draw...
Clearly you have put a great deal of thought into your work.
On that note I was interested to hear your thoughts about the areas of composition, entertainment value, aesthetic creativity, and "meaning" as it partains to your work. Can you maybe breifly explain what you are after in those departments.
Again, beautifully crafted work.
sensitive and stunning work, your rendering skills are magic.
The only crit I could make would be that sometimes I think maybe the painting is a little too perfect and considered. Allowing the brushwork and colour mixes to waver from reallity a little would allow the viewer to see more of the artist.
keep posting, this is an incredible thread!
Holy shit, fine fine fine, 'Fine Art' :-)
i really like your work it inspires me to do more stuff like this which is what I'm about to do
Sorry i haven't posted here in a couple of months, life is pretty crazy.
Cakeypigdog, thanks for the kind words, I think that knowing about the saturation of skin color is half the battle, its really about observing the subtety you see. I'm going to try to get a painting demo online soon. I use a latice type of hatch to build up interesting color with small strokes from a liner brush moved quickly on the surface. its easy to move from different transitions with this process. I'm hoping to enter the BP this coming year. But need a place to stay for cheap in London. My friend sent his piece from NYC and the crate wasn't even opened, so I want to make sure that I'm there with the painting.
Bdfoster, Hows it going Ben? Thanks, the class went well, about 40 plus people showed up and most stayed and watched me paint for 11 hours straight. It was a fun time for me cause the model was free. I'll post some photos below from the class. You're welcome to the studio anytime you are in Brooklyn. I'm working on two life sized pieces right now. One 65 by 48 in and a smaller head and shoulders nude.
sabe2003, Thanks not a master, and i hope that I'm always chasing that title.
phatandy, Thanks I'm really into the linear quality of subtractive line work. sort of like the texture of an oil painting.
Sway West, The begining of the thread has some of my quick stuff from a trip from Italy, the stuff is 3 or 4 years old but all were done in 20 minutes or less, I used to only do quick stuff while in College but have really gotten into observing subjects more carefully. Thanks.
Magic Man, Thanks, I'll try to swing by your threads.
Stalsby, Thanks and its true about the dedication, add in no sleep and patience.
Iceman, Thanks sorry to piss you off. LOL
Rodrigo, Hows it going bro? yea i look so sad, I had food poisoning while I was doing it and couldn't eat anything, not much fun and I think it seeped into the piece.
nethus, Thanks did I meet you in OZ?
Notic, the Key to realism? Hmmm observation and understanding what it is that you are seeing. for me its about drawing and seeing exactly what it in front of you with out preconceptions/perceptions getting in the way/biasing what you are seeing. I'm a full time painter, I don't take commissions unless its really interesting to me, I get by, by just selling my work at a gallery here in NYC, the teaching I do is more for fun and helps me to get out of the studio, I also love the discourse on art with other artists and students. I really have worked hard to be in a position to sell paintings of things that I want to paint with out much compromise, there are some compromises, but I'm shedding them as I move ahead. Congrats on the kid. Lucas(my son) is amazing I watch him fulltime, so I'm really a fulltime nanny that paintes on the side, these days, but it so worth it. Cheers,
JAK, Hows it going? I saw your recent sculpture, what an amazing model, I want copies or the mudbox deal when its done. I hope all is well and that we can hang out when i get back to OZ in the near future.
Kev ferrara, Man, that would take forever, I'm working on an essay type artist statement for my site with influences and etc. Hopefully I'll get that up in the next couple of months. Thanks, great questions.
EAD, Thanks, I'm actually trying to get rid of myself in the paintings, for me its all about the subject and thier emotion and environment, I'm in there through selection of the moment and even that is too much in most cases, I want my ego to take a back seat when it comes to the work. Has a lot to do with how I grew up sort of an outsider looking in observing things from a far.
Randalthor, Cheers, fine words.
Marioucci, Thats a new one, Shoes of who? LOL Thanks thats an awesome compliment.
thegreatlol, Thanks that great you are inspired glad that I could help.
here are some shots from two recent workshops
here is how the demo turned out, 11 hours at the Salmagundi Club.
Demo from Santa Fe workshop.
some drawing studies and a step by step for a foot study.
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Excellent, I could definetly learn alot from your work. Thanks for shring the process for the foot. What kind of paper/pencil did you use? Given the detail whats the overall size of the foot piece?
wonderful step by step. It really shows how rewarding it can be to just keep observing and working: i think i have left my tonal studies to early on in the past...
good luck with the BP portrait.. I did not enjoy this years as much as some of the past ones. Your portraits really do exceed the quality of most of what was in the exhibition. It seems incredible that work can be shipped all the way from NY and not get opened! I would love to see a tutorial by you on painting. Cheers for explaining your process about the skin tones. Much appreciated. I get my little painting tabl back this week after loosing it to DIY for a month... cant wait to get back to the paints!- I will have a play with your laticing technique.
purely amazing works! im glad i found out about you; you have reignited a spark in my eye to be inspired to push myself further in art.
I never will get your patience... fantastic!
Wow... Just... Wow... I'm speachless!
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Fantastic work...so real and perfect...
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