S2: Portrait

Applying the looser and more expressive approach to figurative painting. This is a work in progress…although I am going to move on to another version in a different style of the same image. I like the sense of contrast adding drama. The gold ochre and gold acrylic boule lead the other colour choices making for a kind of grisaille. While this was intended as underpainting, the limited colour palette lends more drama and a sense of design.

reLooser approach to figurative self-portrait

I like the sense of melodrama and also fairy tale (mirror, mirror…) that the high contrast lends the painting. The shape in the foreground might be a little too nebulous; just a bit more form perhaps needed.

Next up, working on a) using different ratio/proportion methods (dividers, grids); needed as I moved the features of the face around a lot when painting this – rather countering the sense of an expressive approach.

Update: Have said that I’d leave it…I didn’t and while some bits are better, I lost the likeness and the strong simplicity of the face…once you move one feature then the rest go out and I ended up pushing and pulling around. So really need to find an approach to measuring that doesn’t feel too strained.

likeness lost in fussing – time to look back at worked well in the first draft

And the next pass..

Likeness retrieved and a bit more form and geometry defined – feels more finished and I’m not so much assailed by a sense of the image not being me

By tanyakrzywinskablog

After working in the computer industry and spending some years conducting research into cinema and digital media, I became convinced that the innovative qualities of videogames as participatory media required closer academic attention. As such I have spent most of my career championing the inclusion of games within the academy, and arguing for games as an art form, a role I continue as a Professor at Falmouth University. Alongside this, and my scholarly work on the Gothic, I also maintain, in various forms, a visual art practice. This blog comes out of enrolling on the MA Fine Art degree programme at Central Sr Martins. It is mainly a record of my reflections on the work that I have undertaken for the degree. After having written about folk horror in games and cinema as an academic, this blog will focus on folk horror as a focus for my art practice.

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