Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Styracosaurus Pointillism


My graphite styraco was unacceptable for a variety of reasons...I redid the pose and while waiting to start afresh I did a quick pointillism head shot...one of the difficulties I have when doing something really large in graphite is the need to keep going back and adjust the values...and I'll often erase a few times trying to get a texture to look right...trying to strike the balance of too much detail vs. overworking...at some point it becomes overwhelming and I take 20 years longer than I want to. So the debate has been if I should do the large new styraco in pencil, which I think would look sharp but drive me insane at some point, or to do it in pointillism...at least with pointillism when you make a dot it is there...no going back...and adjustments can still be made but for some reason it seems to take less work...and is almost like therapy in a weird Chinese water torture sort of way...and it does tend to lend itself to dinos without worrying so much about the 'texturing' troubles pencil drives me to at certain points...If I had space I would just take up oil painting again and solve all the world's problems.

6 comments:

ValGalArt said...

life is long, do both and go crazy :)I paint portraits of peoples homes and it takes a long time and often I will paint 1000's of leaves, etc. so I hear you!

Ammon said...

The enigma of a "quick pointalism..." anything. It looks great.

Caroline said...

What a dilema - I'm a Libran so find it hard to make any decisions! Either way it's a whole lot of work: what patience you must have, Brian.

Carrier Budge said...

All the pointalism patience has paid off, it looks fantastic! Great illustrations.

P.S. Thanks for stopping by the Budge Blog! The twitchy cat dog appreciates your comments :)

steve said...

Oh yes, the "overworking" situation seems to be a problem for me in many cases. Still, this work is nothing short of remarkable man! WOW!

Detlef said...

Welcome to my world. The wonderful delights of forever playing with values. I think you could try doing a dino in graphite but a smaller size - so you don't go stir crazy.