Ready for next stage of painting

i was able to finish laying in the first color stage today. I still feel sloppy and not as analytical as I should be, so my goal for the next phase is to really get my brain involved in crawling across every surface and feeling confident in my color choices. I really want to bring the figure to life. I frequently look back at my Cesar Santos and Juliette Aristides videos to help me gain a point of reference to where I want to be with my painting abilities. Juliette mentioned once that sometimes you just have to get mad. I’m ready to get a little mad.

I do feel the painting is going okay, but I am often reminded by my regular job that I may have an expiration date. I have to be able to make a living by painting eventually – at least that is what I have been working towards.  So I feel I need to be good. My skills have to be at a high level. How I am painting now is setting my foundation, so I need to note my strengths and weaknesses and try to correct my bad tendencies now so that I can continue to improve.

I will say that it is hard to get a good photo of the painting. When I find an angle where the light isn’t washing out areas, the colors usually appear flat and unchromatic.

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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