Monday, October 09, 2006

trying to find it...

trying to find something, my pieces lately have been falling apart. several reasons for that but thats another post. here is a portrait i am working on. sorry about the shitty picture, my scanner is too small. as soon as i get a scan ill post it.


Blogger Tyler said...

Hey Chris..... It looks good, though should I be embarassed that I don't recognize this person?

I really enjoy it but I think knowing more about it would help me to appreciate it even further.

7:33 AM  
Blogger chris ewald said...

sorry about that... its Kurt Vonnegut... probably the best living author and one of my favs. dont worry about it, as far as him physically he is an unknown but the piece makes two references to his books. the word balloon refs "breakfast of champions" and the yarn "cat's cradle"

9:41 PM  
Blogger Tyler said...

I've only ever read his "Slaughter House Five"... awesome book! I'll be sure to check out the others. Ever read any of Chuck Palahniuk's works? Of course there's "Fight Club" but check out "Survivor: A Novel" "Diary: A Novel" (which is about art, sort of), and "Choke." Weird, cool stuff.

About the image: Looks like the strand of yarn disappears behind him from the right side of the image to the left.

11:27 PM  
Blogger Fox said...

Chris, I really like this portrait. The face, the hair is really well rendered. It's hard to paint wrinkles well!! I'm very impressed. The only thing was that I didn't know it was yarn, until I you wrote that. I thought maybe it was wire (still a really cool image)...maybe if it was a little less taught.
It's a really really great image! I think It's one of my favorites of yours!! How do you feel about it.
I showed it to Aaron (who loves Kurt V.) and he really liked it. Yay you.

11:39 PM  
Blogger chris ewald said...

thanks guys. there is a lot i have changed but i cant scan and the pics look like hell. the yarn thing is a bit more resolved. i am not overly impressed with it but i think im on the right track somewhere. thank you so much for the kind words.

8:02 AM  
Blogger Cat said...

Chris, this is an awesome piece! I got the reference to Kurt Vonnegut, but not immediately - I just thought "Where have I seen that astericks before? No but seriously it's really great. I can't wait to see what else you have done with it.

Right now it kind of looks like a book cover, doesn't it? The text could go on his shirt or something.

Tyler, thanks for the book recommendations. Weird and cool sound right up my alley. And as far as Kurt Vonnegut goes, Cat's Cradle is really awesome, and I found Galapogos really amusing too. He's my favorite author too!

8:15 PM  
Blogger Cat said...

oh yeah, how did you paint this? Is that a pencil drawing with thin washes over it or something?

10:53 PM  
Blogger chris ewald said...

you are good
pencil drawing, rubbed it out, then washed over it with acrylic. rubbed the acrylic down in the opaque areas leaving the pencil to come through. then oils. i wanted to leave it with a pretty muted color (cant see it in the photo) so i only washed with limited colors. after that i finished the highlights with pastel.

9:28 AM  
Blogger debsworld said...

Great portrait, Chris. I agree with Sarah about wrinkles being difficult to pull off believably. I'll have to try more rubbing and smushing!

I agree with Cat, I can visualize a title right across his shirt.

Way to go, Chris.

4:00 PM  
Blogger Cat said...

I should try that technique, I guess it's a little bit like Andrea Wicklund's? I love that we are all pulling techniques from all of our teachers and using them in our own way. We are awesome ;)

3:34 AM  

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