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Aidan Barker-Hill

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

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

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


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