I’ve been seeing a lot of black and white work recently online.
Now I’ve done blue and white a lot because, let’s face it, blue is a fucking awesome colour. It sings to me in ways that I can’t explain. Blue ranges from light to dark and from cold to warm. From empty-headed to sublime.
It’s as sexy as a colour can get.
So I haven’t really touched black and white. Probably not since I left school several lifetimes ago.
I follow quite a few artists online. They work in a variety of media and not all do portraits. Each one has a ton to teach, whether they realize it or not. From approaches to technical issues to passion to making me want MORE, I learn a lot. So seeing the sudden influx of black and white from a variety of artists inspired me to try it too.
With my own twist.
Starting with a vague-ish sketch as usual. White on black.
I wanted to define the highlights here quickly.
Now it’s fucking impossible for me to get a good shot of a black and white painting in progress. My studio space has overhead lighting, typical workshop fluorescents, and they reflect like a bugger on the work. It’s a bit annoying really, since the photos don’t capture the painting well at all so just imagine it here.
And then I swung around for the mid-tones because it really needed that. The 50 percent greys.
Finally, playing with the black. Because my paint black is so much blacker than the black canvas, I layered a lot. And I made his hair textured which you can see in the final image a bit. Proper photos will be coming shortly.
Acrylic on canvas
Original painting and prints are available.