I went to Reno yesterday for the sole purpose of getting some canvas, paints, and brushes at the art store. I just didn’t feel like waiting for supplies to show up in the mail, and I really wanted to get some painting practice in with skin tones.

The trip was fun, although the art store supplies were much more expensive than ordering online.

Today I started a practice painting from scratch using a model photo from the PROKO drawing course. I sketched directly on the canvas using pastel with a palette knife – a technique I learned from Cesar Santos. When I was content with the rough sketch, I solidified the lines with a charcoal pencil and some spray fix. Then I mixed up some skin tones with differing values and temperatures and started the dead color stage, which is just a blocky rough-in of color to help begin establishing value and temperature.

I think I spent about 6 hours on this today. Now I let it dry and begin the next phase, which is called First Painting. I’ll be busy all day tomorrow so I probably won’t be able to work on it again until Saturday. My goal with this project is to help me establish a painting process and routine that I can use for my future works. I have a big professional piece that I want to start soon, but I don’t want to begin until I feel confident with my process, and right now I am still weak in many areas – which I learned from my Seattle trip. So I hope to strengthen those areas with this practice round.

By Cody Deegan

Cody Deegan is a life-long artist versed in drawing, painting, sculpting, and design. He studied filmmaking and character animation at the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles as well as figurative oil painting at the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle.

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