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Painting with light & color with Robert Kondo & Dice Tsutsumi. Week 3.

Materials.

And back to color. I started by painting my first work in this course from natural and this is when I realised the big difference. It´s the first image, a still life of my desktop. Materials: transparent (glass), opaque (cardboard box) and semi reflectant (lamp). I had a lot of trouble with this one. I´m a color blind (awful and unaccurate word) so when hues are similar and with low saturation of color I suffer a little bit.

This still life was pretty hard for me and I found the result very poor, but the good thing is that at that point I had already accepted that I was most probably going to do a few shitty paintings so I was open for that to happen… as it did… few times jajajajaja… I found this one of the breaking points I went through during the course. Take my word: acceptance of doing some really bad works is useful and it´s gonna save you a lot of suffering. Same thing works the other way, great success shouldn´t concern you a lot neither.

Here are my paintings.

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See the difference? Color look more accurate from photo reference, looks better but you learn way too less.

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I like the floor in this one below.

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I have to say that I don´t use the dropper tool when I work from photo and I put a lot of effort in trying to hit the right colors. In that sense I think I did a good job on the one below.

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I think those two last look pretty good and in the last one there is this sense of lighting I like a lot.

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Painting with light & color with Robert Kondo & Dice Tsutsumi. Week 2.

Value simplification.

So in this week we needed to start the work by only painting 3 values, save this first step and then moving on and finish it. Greyscale: darkest dark, lighter light and predominant value. The spirit for this exercise is rule number one in art: go from general to particular.

I think simplicity is one of the most important thing I seek in life in general and so I do the same in artwork. I´m always looking forward to it in my own work and love to see that in others. For me it´s all about comunicating and connecting with others.

As I grow as an artist I tend to pay more atention to what I am trying to say and I´m less worryied about myself. This exercise is fastastic for stablishing the painting in the firsts minutes of work: both elements and lighting. It´s more difficult to do when you´re not painting from natural (or photo) and you need to imagine everything. I don´t know how is it for you guys, but for me, when I´m working from my head, I need to construct the image. Doesn´t work like I already have one in my head and then I struggle to transfer it to the canvas. Works more like I have an idea (which is a lot), then I start by putting the most important elements, I often try different options, look for references and from that point I need to construct, work, put something here, something there and somewhen near by the end I start putting off many of the elements I first added and try to keep only the essential.

Lasso tool guys, use it, you won´t depend so much on your stroke wich is something that make us lose a lot of time.

I was publishing in our fb course page since the begining and in this week I decided to design a master page for the presentations. I recommend you to do it since the beggining, it will save you a lot of time too.

These are still made from photo reference.

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This is the entrance hall of where I used to live at the time.

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The window I had in my room. It was pretty dark.

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I made this composition with objects I found in the living room. The bowl with little stones in it was a challange ´cause painting a repetition of many individual things always is. I remember this came out pretty easily and Dice commented possitively on this particular one. When it´s comming out naturally it´s always a good thing.

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I liked this one, the floor and the windows were a challenge. Somewhere near by my house.

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The grid on the floor and the texture on it killed me, but at least is represented in the painting. Lasso tool was on fire at this point. I found this on the street, didn´t touch anything.

Until next week, see ya!

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Painting with light & color with Robert Kondo & Dice Tsutsumi. Week 1.

So with no further delay I would like to start sharing with you my experience through the schoolism classes: Painting with light & color with Robert Kondo & Dice Tsutsumi.

For the next 9 weeks I´ll show you my weekly assigments and I´ll do my best to bring interesting information as well as sharing my own experiences. I swear I´m not beeing paid for this hahahahaha… I just had a great time and I think this might be helpful for someone who is thinking about taking this classes, or those who are already taking them, anybody, I don´t know… seriously, seek for your own studies, go on an take some lessons! Painting better is not going to do you no wrong!

The first time I heard of schoolism was 2015 and they were running a kickstarter. I was working in an animation studio at Barcelona and didn´t really had a lot of free time but I didn´t think twice when I saw that Robert & Dice were gonna be teaching an online course. So I just backed it up. It was already running over half a million CA$ so it was gonna be a reality no matter what. I think I paid around 150 CA$ for a year subscription and I that allowed me to do as many courses as I wanted for the price of 1 CA$ (yey!), but the sad truth is that I spent like 9 months in doing my 9 week course and I started after 2 months so I ended doing only this one (buuuuh).

Ok, so now I´m at week 1 and I can start. The first thing I notice is that these two guys are taking this seriously: they speak clear and they´re organized, they make demos and they´re not keeping secrets; they give you some wonderful brushes (a Tonko House set) and your assignments well prepeared in layers in a psd file with instructions on how to do the work and deliver it properly. Also they invite you to join their fb page for this course where you find a wonderful community of students like you. Not only that but also Robert & Dice, participate pretty often commenting the assignments and making possitive critics. I tell you, it´s an amazing thing checking on fb and finding you have comments on your work from any of these two artists.

It´s time to work. I didn´t have a laptop at the time so I had to paint from photo reference instead of doing it from life. I took the pictures myself but anyway I found later that there´s a big difference between the two ways of working and I ended up regretting not starting working from life since the beginning.

These paintings below started being 6 hours each, more or less. I put my attention into timming too and work hard on that to the point in wich I made them into a 3 to 4 hours of work each… but not on that 1st week.

Although I can see my mistakes clearly now, at the time I felt truly wondered with the ressaults since I had to work in a realistic way wich was not my usual way at all. I remember I was feeling highly motivated and happy at the time.

This were made around feb-march 2016.

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I felt specially proud of this one (over) and I still do.

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Some of the elemments are missing in this one (like the grille).

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Here you can see the laso tool on the edges of the cup on the left. Laso tool is extremely important in this course and you´re gonna understand why the moment you start using it.

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When I got to this one I was exhausted.

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Galgui en Verkami II.

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Sometimes we forget to self-recognize our own success. This is how our verkami for Galgui ended: 11.835 euros and tons of good vibes. Endlessly grateful to all of our backers.

A veces nos olvidamos de reconocer nuestros propios logros. Asi acabó nuestro verkami para Galgui: 11.835 euros y toneladas de buenas vibraciones. Eternamente agradecido a todxs nuestrxs mecenas.

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Hi everyone!

Hi everyone! It´s been almost a year and a half since my last post on this blog and maybe some of you have wonder at some point, what´s up with this guy, where´s he, or what´s he doing?

Truth is, personal issues has taken me away from blogging. I´m not gonna get into details, i just wanna say that i went through a particular tough time at some point last year, that kept me out of many thing for a while, blogging included. Nothing too serious, don´t worry but yeah… it was a pretty shitty time and somehow blogging became kind of a deal for me, sorry.

I just wanted to let you know.

Anyway back to business! I would like to inform you guys that I kept working and doing stuff throughout this time and that, soon, i´m gonna bring here new material from old projects and new ones and you´re more than welcome to join me.

So for those of you who enjoy this blog, welcome back and stay tuned!

 

Hola a todxs! Ha pasado más de un año y medio desde mi último post en este blog y quizás alguno de vosotros os hayáis preguntado en algún momento, qué pasa con este tío, dónde está o qué está haciendo?

La verdad es que he tenido asuntos personales que me han mantenido alejado de aqui. No voy a entrar en detalles, sólo quiero decir que pasé por un momento particularmente malo en una época del año pasado y que ésto me mantuvo alejado de muchas cosas por un tiempo, bloggear incluido. Nada muy serio, no os preocupéis, pero sí… fue una época bastante chunga y bloggear se volvió bastante complicado para mi, lo siento.

Sólo quería compartirlo.

Al lío! Quería informaros de que no he dejado de trabajar y hacer cosas en este tiempo y voy a traer aqui material nuevo de proyectos antiguos y nuevos, y estáis más que invitados a acompañarme.

Para aquellxs que disfrutáis de éste blog, bienvenidxs y estaros al loro!

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