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Obilex Goes to the Beach!

ObilexObilex Registered User regular
edited August 2011 in Artist's Corner
So I'm currently living in my cousin's back yard in their RV camper for the next 2 weeks on Martha's Vinyard in hopes of selling some prints and to change things up in the way I work. I brought with me 12 canvases, a pad of watercolor paper, and a whole ton of paint! I'll go more into depth on my trip progress soon, but here's the first painting of the trip!


Also, If any of you fellow AC people are on the island while I'm here, send me a PM and I would love to get together for a painting day on the beach!

Obilex on


  • ObilexObilex Registered User regular
    The past 2 days have been awesome, great food, beach parties, and more sunburn than I would like. I'm starting to get a handle on traditional paint techniques, realizing my values a lot more, and I'm starting to mix the paint on the canvas rather than on a mixing palette.

    here's some more



  • ninjaininjai Registered User regular
    yay! Paintins! Looks great man.

    Sounds like a lot of fun. Haven't been to the beach in a while.

  • KendeathwalkerKendeathwalker Registered User regular
    try to control a little more where you put your pure white pigment. It makes the paintings look blown out when its showing up everywhere. Other than that, some good shiet!

  • ObilexObilex Registered User regular
    Thanks for the advice ken! I'll definitely try to keep that in mind on my next paintings. Here's 2 that I did yesterday at the beach.



  • rtsrts Registered User regular
    edited August 2011
    I want to convey an idea that I think requires some visual aid, so here is a painting by the father of the guy who founded the school I attend (Watts Atelier). He was a combat artist in vietnam, and used to do a bunch of the old American Airlines illustrations and stuff for the military. Now he primarily does architectural illustrations...anyways here is a link to some information about him and more of his paintings.

    But the one I really want you to take a look at is this one:


    Let's talk about brushstrokes. Robert is notoriously good at creating a feeling of depth without over-using tools like atmospheric perspective. He does this by paying careful attention to how he pulls his brushstrokes. In the far distance he pulls very thin perfectly horizontal (parallel to the horizon) brushstrokes, where in the foreground they get bigger and bigger and bigger. They also get less perfectly horizontal as they get closer to the viewers perspective. This accomplishes a number of things, but the primary is to make the ground feel like it is moving away from us. Imagine a tile floor receding into the distance. He is constantly observing that in reality.

    But it also does a little more than that. It assists the viewer in gaining a better perception of where objects lie on the ground plane. Or how far away they are. By using this sort of thin horizontal tiles method, he can easily describe how far away something is by just carefully choosing where it intersects the tiles. We know if it is 2 tiles away, its fairly close, but if it is 50 tiles away...its pretty far. Of course he is just creating the illusion of these tiles so it's not as straight forward. But all of art is about molesting your audience's subconscious.

    There is one last thing I want to point out about the ground plane tiling method though, and that is how easily it allows him to make the objects he is putting on the ground plane feel like they have weight. By sort of anchoring them to the ground tiles with strong verticals, he makes them pop and separate themselves from it without over-saturating or blowing things out of their proper value range. This applies to just about everything in the image from bushes to telephone poles. He really is a master and maybe this concept is a little advanced yet for where you are at, but I think it could really help your paintings.

    rts on
    skype: rtschutter
  • squidbunnysquidbunny Registered User regular
    Looking good, Obi. I <3 this thread. (Amazing post from Cake a nice bonus.)

  • NightDragonNightDragon 6th Grade Username Registered User regular
    That is a fantastic little painting, Cake. You also said what I was thinking, but better. :P

  • MustangMustang Registered User regular
    Cracking post Cake, I'd never considered that the strokes themselves effect the depth.

  • IrukaIruka Registered User, Moderator mod
    Great post cake. Obi, I hope you keep this going, I think I can see some little improvements here and there already.

  • KendeathwalkerKendeathwalker Registered User regular
    cakemikz dropping knowledge bombs.

  • rtsrts Registered User regular
    Yes! I contributed!

    skype: rtschutter
  • ObilexObilex Registered User regular
    wow cake, that post was exactly what I needed! I was trying to figure out a way to create depth without just adding white to the paint. And that painting is absolutely gorgeous, I wish I could even come close to that quality soon.

    Currently working on 5 different ones right now at the same time so I don't get tired of one, so the next update will be a big one! Till then, here's a photo I took yesterday to tide you folks over.


  • ObilexObilex Registered User regular
    I tried to follow the advice cake gave me in terms of the brush strokes. Key word: tried

    reffed from a photo. I'll prolly add more to it.


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