African art

African Art

                         

                              I always interested in the african  form of drawing and coloring them. Their structure and their style of living is remarkable one in my point of view.

I already did one in glass.

https://ahila.wordpress.com/2011/07/06/african-art-on-glass/

https://ahila.wordpress.com/2011/07/17/african-art-on-glass-ii/

                        This time I decided to put it in canvas board. Have a board in the size  of 19 x 29 inch (50 x 75 cm). I sketched out the figures on the board.

Sketch

Image

                                 

                                Now started painting the background color with oil paints, such as, raw sienna, burnt umber, yellow, light red, cobalt blue, prussian blue, green, flake white…..with linseed oil. no turpentine is used as it is slightly allergic to me.  And kindly excuse me as i hadnt remember of taking a click after this work.

                           Then started coloring the figurines’ body color with black acrylic color, as it dries fast (my patience is drying out) and acrylic makes the painting look bright. Working on the costumes is the most difficult part that comes on my way.

                                   I usually paint with bright colors as I was exposed to glass paintings that require bright colors and shiny ones  that makes a dazzling painting. I think thats my part of strength and weakness that i cant blend oil colors to its faintest form. ok…we can leave it….

                                   Now I went on to choose the design for the dress and go on research in net….and got a few….Then coloring for that design become the tedious part in this painting. You can notice africans wearing contrary colors in their costumes, but more or less they appear to compliment each other…So I decided to go on that line….

                              For the third figurine, I ravage thru the colors and first I painted with green and pearl lilac border and then I changed it to yellow with red bars that matches her upperwear.

                               Then what else? The ornaments that match their costume. Put some hip wears also as the black color in the hip is more prominently looks bare.

                                 

                       At last finished…..but i have to sign myself on this art work. I signed at the right corner of the painting as ‘ahil’ (it sounds good!!)…..

Sign

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