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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African Art on Glass II

African Art

Completed Work

 

I visualize the effect of giving grey in gradient mode. Mixed black, chinese white, prussian blue and  little crimson lake…got the correct shade. Prepare darker grey and lighter grey by adding some more white to it. The painting being vertically long, I prefer to give the shades alongside the figures.

 

 

3D Outliner :

 

Before going for shading I want to give the painting the rusty look of that land by giving some 3d outliner – Glitter Black color. Moreover its a glass, it reflects light and the painting is also an abstract-like, so I prefer to give some glitter touch to it.

 

 

Gradient :

 

Dabbing the oil colors on glass, I strike upon a thought of giving two columns of darker variation on each side and lighter shade in the center, not giving gradual gradient on the glass. It feels better and comes out well.

 

In this painting the gradient moves out from center to corners in a circular manner. Most Glass Tanjore Paintings which comprise Gods and Goddess reflects this type of gradient variation.

 

Gradient

 

This African art doesn’t need one like this. So I worked out as separate perpendicular columns of shades.

 

Gradient

African Art on Glass

Nice to paint this type of  art on the glass…it has no defined face, eyes, nose and lips that makes me to put so much of oil paint variations on the face…because I usually apply oil colors for the skin of the figure that I am painting.

Giving Shades :

Most glass painters, mostly beginners… use the same acrylic colors, that too not showing any variations for the cheek, chin or forehead… I wont argue you all to not using any acrylic colors for the skin texture. Show some color variations.  Keep the glass upright and do the painting.

Light shaded part

Drawing outlines for the shaded part gives the picture an amateurish look .

Only Outline

Draw only the outline of the pitcher. Give the lighter shades while coloring.

First put the light shades. Then give the dark shade part and when its wet(acrylic dry quick) take some dark shade on your brush, move over the lighter shaded part. Remember you are painting on the reverse side. So keep the glass upright and view the painting’s shade, whether it comes out well or not.

Merging of lighter and darker shades

Making lighter in the center

Shades in Pitcher

Acrylic Colors are over

Front View

Painting Side - Reverse

Careful about the Large Glass :

cuts

Some cuts and wounds on the pressed part of your hand with the glass are common while putting the glass upright.

Now next I paint the background with oil colors which gives the gradient effect…Wait…

Reverse Glass Painting

In my house, the builder put some spaces in the Living room, that I almost  filled with some of my paintings.

 

But I am having some idea of filling with larger ones. So I measure the space leave 4 inches for the frame and purchase the glass of size 15 x 42 inch.

I got a picture of African art traced and transferred it on the glass.

Tracing Sheet under the glass

Transferred to glass

I’ll continue…..