2.11.2008

City Park Bridge Troll (update)

Ive revisited the Troll painting lately and thought I'd share some of the progress.....this is the first in a series featuring mythological/fantastical creatures in New Orleans settings, future creations will include the Irish Channel Banshee, Pan in the Botanical Gardens, St Louis Cathedral Gargoyle....Ive got a ton of ideas :) (as usual)....

Oil on canvas, approx. 24" x 36".....Ive started layering colors on the bridge's stonework, and most notably, added that rusty red that pops up in places....

7 comments:

Sven Bonnichsen said...

Wow! I'm really impressed by the progress. :D

The stonework in particular looks awesome... And you're getting some dynamic contrasts of light, which I really enjoy, too.

You tend to like critique, so I'll offer some observations. There's a reddish tree in the background that seems too in-focus to me. The other trees look about right -- but it seems like that one would be more blurry at that distance. I see that the far-distant trees are lighter, due to atmospheric effects, which rawks.

I'm not sure that the sharp rays of light in the upper left make sense to me -- but maybe it's going to be cool. There are some sharp rays to the right and above the woman's head, as well as some that are sort of in the direction of where she's pointing, though, that seem to be pointing in the wrong direction -- based on where I think the light is coming from.

The angle of the troll's head keeps bothering me. It feels like it's constructed in relation to the arc of the bridge -- but I'm not so sure that it connects correctly to the spine. It's like the spine says that the torso is sitting fairly upright -- but the head tells me that the entire spine should be curved. Some of my confusion might also be coming from the scale of the head in relationship to the troll's left thigh.

It'd be sort of interesting to see a pencil sketch of the troll's pose with the bridge absent, to better understand the lines of his frame.

BUT, all that quibbling aside -- I love it! For me the point of offering observations is to study what is, as it is -- not to create a list of things that have to be fixed.

See, myself, I'd finish it and go on to make another piece. I'm less of a self-editor when painting than I think you and Mike are.

UbaTuber said...

Thanks Sven, excellent points all. The head of the troll bothers me too, I plan to revisit that area...sketches would be helpful for me too, I'll work on that...also I imagine my painting prof. behind me, saying, "Jeffrey, I think its time to address that right foot" :)
I'm not too happy with the redness of the trees in the background, I plan to go over the area with some grey tones, barklike, and then a wash over the whole area for atmospheric effect...that upper corner isnt set in stone either, I was going for a dreamy quality, as if the whole scene is sort of just coming into focus, but I dont think its working....more tinkering coming....

gl. said...

neat, jeffrey! i'm going to love this series, i think.

in this picture, what is she doing? is she throwing something in the water? and is he trying to grab her? i don't think he can reach her in that position.

Darkstrider said...

Ok, trying this again...

I've tried 3 times to comment here, and each time my computer locks up before I can. Something about comments windows messes it up in its fragile state.

I'd check the perspective on those steps, don't seem to converge on the horizon line. I'm not sure if you're trying to reject standard ideas about perspective and form, like the Cubists or the Surrealists... if so you could push it farther so it reads more. I always like to "draw through", as if everything is transparent. Helps to get complicated poses to work, as well as perspective.

I like your color use here, and a lot of the decorative touches, especially the dappled shadow on his head and shoulder!

Darkstrider said...

Oh, and if you decide not to go surreal on the light rays, they would all be parallel, assuming they're all coming from the sun. I ofen see paintings with exaggerated spread of rays, and it makes it look like the sun is about twelve feet above the ground! By the time the sun's rays reach the millions of miles to the earth, they're as parallel as a laser beam! You can see some spread in very distant formations (cloud), but usually you see closer beams that are basically parallel. If an artist decides to use some degree of spread, it should be global, meaning it would affect all the rays visible in the painting (that's if you don't go surreal, of course). Huh... isten at me.... bein' all realist an' stuff!!

Justin said...

Hello Jeffrey. I really admire your artwork and was wondering if I could get your permission to make pins out of your image?

I run a small World of Warcraft guild we're going to meet up at Blizzcon and I thought it would be neat to have your art made into a pin.

Let me know if that would be okay, hopefully you will read this in the next couple of days. :-)

UbaTuber said...

Oh, I don't think so, sorry. I'm kind of a control freak when it comes to my art :) Thanks for asking though!