CASE STUDY

A recent acrylic canvas painting of a Flamenco Dancer.

I start by sketching out the work and blocking in colour to get the composition I like. This can be done with any colour. This helps to develop the overall look of the painting and to make sure it is shaping up as it should be.

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Once this is done I start to work on tone more. The idea is to gradually build the form of the subject with each brush stroke. There is no rush, although when painting with acrylic there is always a bit of a rush as it dries quite quickly, as any acrylic painter will tell you. I like working this way though as I prefer to work fast.

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I work around the whole painting as I go building up areas together. Then I choose each area separately to focus on and finalise its form and tone.

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These close up detail shots show how the colour and brush strokes work to create form. It’s important not to have definite edges as this looks awkward. Form is a three dimensional shape so it is best to represent that by allowing edges to blend. In the thumb detail below you can clearly see how this is formed without any edges to it.

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In the hand detail here I’m purposely keeping it loose as I don’t want too much attention on it so it is painted as more suggestive for the eye.

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Skin tone is a mix of colours. It consists of light fleshy yellow and pink colour to darker greys and greens. Where light hits it it appears warmer and brighter in colour, and where it is shaded it looks greyer and cooler. This means the artists treatment of it can be quite difficult as several tones and hues are needed.

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The final painting.

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