Oil painting is probably one of my favourite mediums to use while creating but since its been a while since I’ve used them and I had only ever created stuff from the technique I learned at high school, I thought I should do a little bit of research on it. The way I’ve only ever used oil paints is with turps (turpentine) and using that to thin out the paint in order to use it.
While I was looking up inspiration for my oil painting I noticed a lot of people mentioned the fat over lean method. This isn’t something I had learned in school so I was very intrigued. While I don’t find anything wrong with simply just using turps in my oil paints I want to try and achieve this method when doing one of my analogue illustrations. Basically the fat over lean method is using a thinned out oil paint for the bottom layer, say using turps, and in this layer most people just do a quick outline of what they are going to be doing using a neutral colour like burnt umber. This also quickens the drying time of that first layer. Then for the next layer where you will be adding in colour you make it ‘fatter’. This can be done by adding in mediums or oils, many people mentioned linseed oil but there are lots of a variety of things out there. And then if you wanted to add in a third layer with more detail, obviously you would be making it fatter again by adding more of the medium or oil.
Using this method is beneficial because if the underlayer is thicker and hasn’t dried yet and you then go and put another layer onto that may be thinner and dries before the first layer, it can cause cracking to the painting.
There are two artists that I came across while looking at oil paintings that have really captured my eye and I really like their style and they both have a different way of doing their paintings. The first, Lena Danya uses the method of creating a first layer with a neutral colour and then building onto it. I really like her style, especially her water series.
The second artist that I also really like is Daria Callie. I love how she just keeps the background plain but it still draws you into it.
For our photography project I decided to use my tea sets that I have from T2 as my product. As we need 6 images all up, I had a few ideas of what I wanted to do for each thing but still decided to get some inspiration images up.
Image courtesy of Alanna Taylor Tobin | The Bojon Gourmet
In one of the product shots I would really love to get the steam in the image from hot tea and in the other I really like the idea of using different kinds of tea or flowers around it. I also have an idea of using rope and tying two cups together or rope holding up the tea pot.
For the portrait shots I really want to have someone holding the cup and also maybe trying to get some steam there too, or even someone sitting down like in the inspiration above. The photos above have given me some ideas of what I can do for a conceptual shot. I really love how they have used the sea as the drink and replacing the steam for things like fog and clouds. It would be cool to have a whale peaking out of the water too.
This trimester has started of with photography in studio 2. It has been really enjoyable setting up all the studio lights and positioning the lights to where you want them to get a good photo. We first started off outside taking some photos and I think this would have been better if we had some better scenery to photograph because I really love landscape photography. Getting all of the colour of nature into photos and beautiful views from all around the world is something that I really admire and if I ever chose to do photography, landscape photography is what I would do.
One of my favourites that I’ve discovered is Max Rive. His photos are really breathtaking, I don’t think I could pick a favourite.
One of the things that I’ve learnt the past few weeks is having to take heaps of shots of something because you don’t really know what it looks like till you bring it up on a computer screen. A shot that you thought looked really cool could look awful and vice versa. Another thing is that not all pictures that you take have to stop there. You can edit them in the slightest way, even just by changing the exposure or tone, and it can really transform the photo.
Here are a few that I have taken that I’ve really liked and edited some using lightroom.
In this photo I really tried to blur out the background as much as I could so that the focus was just on the log, the original is pretty washed out but the edited version really brings out all of the colours that were in the log.
I really like the dynamic of this photo and when I decided to edit it I brought out the pink more in the jumper.
The same goes for this photo, I brought out more of the pink and made the writing on the left a little more readable.
I really love the emotion that only using one light brings to photos. Although the photo with two people would have been a bit better if the other persons face was lit up just a tiny bit more.
These photos were done using two lights. I tried doing the shot of the two people back to back again using the two lights, I think I needed to maybe bring the lighting down a fraction or position the lights differently to have a better effect.