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Digital Art Masters: V7 - Sample Making Of 'Sitting'

By Theo Prins
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Date Added: 28th June 2013
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My Painting

When I sit down to work, my hand automatically starts drawing shapes of buildings and cities. It’s been an enjoyable habit of mine over the years. Occasionally I view it as a comfort zone, and though that may be true, it’s also true that there’s always more to explore within the subject matter. I’ve never managed to be completely successful in portraying exactly what it was I was searching for. Until that happens, I’ll probably keep trying. This piece was one of those attempts.

Initially I was working with a fairly ordinary view of a city (Fig.01 â€" 03). After shifting through several moods, from a gray city to a green one and then back again, I arrived at Fig.04. In scale it’s fairly similar to what we might find in our cities today; skyscrapers with normal proportions, highways and a dense urban sprawl. I liked the textures and color tones, however I was hoping to discover something more otherworldly and extreme in scale. That’s when the idea for a new composition came.

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Fig.01
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Fig.02
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Fig.03

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Fig.04

I had a sudden urge to strip apart the painting and rearrange the pieces at different angles on a new canvas (Fig.05). I see each step in the painting process as the potential foundation for a new idea I may not have imagined by staring at a blank canvas. Even though the result of my initial efforts didn’t appeal to me, it led to a new idea and that made it worth painting.

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Fig.05

This quick mock-up quickly became the basis for my final image. After a short while I had laid down the basic composition, placing an emphasis on the curve-like flow of the railway tracks below and the highway overpass above (Fig.06). By keeping the painting vague my mind’s eye was able to see detail and color possibilities in the textures. I then subtly developed these discoveries into the actual painting and kept molding the shapes until solid structures began to appear (Fig.07).

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Fig.06
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Fig.07


 
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