Thursday, May 21, 2009

Summer Painting Workshop

So I've been busy painting. Took the summer model painting minimester again. What is so amazing about it is, it's 2 weeks from 8am-5pm. Forces me to paint, and experiment, and most of all, stay mildly focused. If anything it keeps me away from marathoning Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Show is far too addictive. Here is what we have thus far, 4 very unproductive days in:

First is a WORK IN PROGRESS. Took my one sketch-a-day and adapted it to oils. That sketch a day can be found here. http://mpuncekar.blogspot.com/2009/01/sketch-day-004.html

Still has a ways to go, but the camera gets what I want, that is for sure. Going to have to push it to get the result there, and improve upon it as well. Really fun one to do, second one I started.



Second one here was kind of a warm-up for oils. Last thing I did with them was that disaster of a comicbook cover. This one is nice and simple, Took very little time and was incredibly fun to paint. No big story here, just a living corpse. Doesn't eat people or anything like a zombie, just looks snazzy, smokes a lot, and tends to be not dead.



So, this is the first of my updates for this class, hoping to pick up the pace a bit as I just can't get into it a hundred percent due to sleeping problems. I'm on the go to bed at 5-6am schedule, and I need to get back on something more normal, but the body isn't listening. This is totally making me like oils right now though. I must say, if you have to mix colors... oils is the way to go. Both of these are on 22x30 canvas boards courtesy of my lovely girlfriend, Rachel. 



Critiques and comments more than welcome. 

15 comments:

yigi chang said...

these are stellar! that glowing skeleton-astronaut puts a smile on my face.

Dave Groff said...

that warm underpaint in these just hums... great stuff Mike.

Josholland said...

"Doesn't eat people or anything like a zombie, just looks snazzy, smokes a lot, and tends to be not dead."

You're describing several aging rockers with this description. Keith Richards comes to mind.

These are sweet. Looking forward to the finish.

Jack C. Gregory said...

I especially like the glow coming from the skull in the astronaut painting.

Z.A.T said...

WOAH!!! I love these kinda art!! : D

manuscript72 said...

the astronaut is overly awesome

Genève said...

Great brush strokes and lovely colors!
Hope to see more

C.R.MacTernan said...

You can't see me but I'm giving you a standing ovation. You're far too good. knock it off. Ahhh, no...I couldn't live without your updates. Keep up the gorgeous dude! Love it.

D.Marciniak said...

Man. You are a beast with oils. Cannot WAIT to see the final of the astronaut. Lovin the glows of those blues and the lovely color blending.

pffffttt nothing wrong with marathoning buffy.

i wear the cheese. the cheese does not wear me.

D.R. Hovey said...

Seriously awesome. I am staring at the living dead. Beautiful stroke. Really beautiful. Who do you look at for brush stroke? Me, I like Hale and Foster

Mike Puncekar said...

Thanks all. Good to know the glow is working. It was a pain in the butt trying to balance it.

Hovey: I definitely look at them now. Looked at my fair share of ashley wood as well. I pretty much use Foster/Hale/Berry subtractive method until I really get into the painting. Then just try to paint as minimally as I can before I pretty much "Ruin" it... then work as per normal haha. If I had to pick a mark to want though, it would be Sargents or Rockwells. After seeing a big 6ft. Rockwell in real life, it was just so awesome looking, and the brushwork was nothing short of elegant.

Angie Andrews said...

OH MY GOD awesome.

Bill said...

I was there when you painted those. Both are really cool. When you have time Mike, you should swing over to my blog and check it out. Great stuff

Oliver said...

these are lookin fantastic! nice work

Dane Jefferson said...

Hey,
I too wanted to say that, that astronaut is awesome. I understand the staying focussed thing. Everyday, it's like, stop doing this and get over there and paint.
Anyways, like your art.