Technically this is the third day that I have worked on the new painting (day 1 was drawing on canvas, day 2 was roughing in the body, and today was the face). I am using the same process that I used for the previous painting, which is:

1. starting with a general underpainting to try and get values and color temperatures in place

2. going over the underpainting with a first painting stage that attempts to bring the colors and values closer to accuracy

3. rendering to final accuracy with a second painting stage.

I haven’t decided yet if I will work on one figure from start to finish and then move on to the next figure, or do the entire painting in 3 stages. Knowing myself and my penchant for impatience with painting and need for more instant gratification, I will probably paint each figure individually from start to finish.

I think so far I’m off to a decent start. The color and value on her left arm is completely wrong, but that’s what is so rewarding about this first underpainting stage is that I can see what is working and what isn’t without worry because I know in the next stage I will work to bring everything closer to balance. I’m working a lot quicker I think than my last painting. Before I was so careful and tedious with trying to do everything well from start to finish, and I think I learned where I can be looser and quicker (hopefully). I guess I really won’t know if it’s okay to rush through this first stage until the entire painting is finished and I can reflect on my process and how successful it was overall. So far everything is feeling good.

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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