Sunday, June 20, 2010

Building a Mural - Part 1

The last couple of entries have been about drawing figures without a model and then putting those figures into a convincing space. I would like to share know how an artist (me) uses that knowledge to develop a picture from idea to concept sketch and on to finished painting.

Last year I was commissioned by a community in Calgary to paint a mural on the theme of world peace. My idea was to place the traditional figure of Peace - a winged woman with a palm branch- into a modern setting. Here are the steps I went through to get an approved sketch.

The first step is to just draw small quick sketches. Things start off slow but soon the pencil flows a little easier.

From the initial sketches I picked a couple and developed them into a slightly more finished sketch.

The client liked the idea of the peace figure coming down to meet the people. I developed the composition and added a range of ethnicities:

This is the final step in the development of the image. In the next entry I will show how I moved from this sketch to final colour study and readiness to paint.


Buck said...

Where did you get the name for your blog? It is EXCELLENT.

Off the Coast of Utopia said...

Thanks, next time we talk, I will tell you.