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Aidan Barker-Hill

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14 / 08 / 15

Figure drawing marathon!

There’s an upcoming figure drawing show that LCAD is hosting with a Russian school (or something like that) and I completely forgot to do something for it until yesterday! Seeing as how everything is due on the 15th, I ended up spending just about 10 straight hours on a drawing.  I hadn’t done a full tonal figure in almost 2 years, so I had to reacquaint myself with charcoal. I’m posting my progress photos here.  I start by taking a number of comparative measurements and stepping back at least 9... View Article

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10 / 03 / 15

Direct Painting vs. Indirect Painting   As I like to think of it, there are two basic ways of making a painting: direct or indirect. That is not to say that there isn’t a gray area between the two (Rembrandt, for example, masterfully combined both), but for the sake of discussion, I’m going to explore them separately. I have attached two progressions of images to this post, one tracking the progression of a directly painted sketch of a head, and the other of a more complete painting executed indirectly.  ... View Article

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05 / 12 / 14

Finishing a Painting

Aw man, it’s been a bit too long since I last posted… I’ve been working on several large paintings that require a lot of effort and planning, so I thought I would share some of what I’ve learned about finishing a painting.  Many (although not all) of the classes at LCAD focus on doing as many paintings/drawings as possible and more often than not, a painting will be completed in a single day.  While this Alla Prima approach is incredibly valuable to building skills and learning at a fast pace,... View Article

13 / 10 / 14

Man, this semester is going by fast… I would definitely like to make a few posts focusing on other artists and topics other than what I’m doing, but for now I’ve got an update on one of my projects! Last week I started a Rembrandt master copy (around 3×4 feet in size) and I thought I’d photograph my beginning steps and write a basic rundown of how I chose to start.  This is the painting after two days of work (an evening for the underpainting and an entire day for... View Article

30 / 08 / 14

Introduction

Hi y’all! My name is Aidan!  I’m an incoming Junior and I’ll be the fine art blogger for the next year or so!  I’m pretty stoked for the upcoming semester, so I hope everyone reading shares a similar enthusiasm; improvement manifests much quicker when you feel passionate about something.  Anyways, I hope to be able to add an entry once or twice a month, most of which will probably be more technical than philosophical.  I have something of a penchant for more logical and concrete considerations with respect to painting... View Article