Tuesday, August 09, 2005

First Time Painter...


After admiring some of the Sam Berman caricature paintings at www.cartoonretro.com I got the painting bug. So this afternoon my friends Katie and Luke were kind enough to escort me to the art store and help me pick out some paints. Never having painted before I found the process both relaxing and frustrating. Relaxing in that I didn't have to worry about producing something under a deadline and frustrating in that I have no idea what I'm doing and can't seem to get what I have in my head down on the paper. Thought I'd post what I did anyway and hopefully get some feed back. One of the things I really like about some of the Berman paintings is the tonal contrast, something that this painting is sorely lacking. Hopefully the next one will be better and the hundred bucks I dropped on painting supplies won't be a total waste...

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

I don't think it was a total loss, looks pretty good to me. What kind of paint did you settle on? Please keep up the inspiring work Fred!!

Oh yeah, whats up with Rufus and Horny? I'd hate to see that just fall by the wayside.
-Chris

Fred Osmond said...

Heya Chris, I used cel vinyl. I'm really unhappy with the results, though I'm pretty sure it's not the paints fault. I keep going back and forth about wanting to take this painting off the site or not. On the one hand I'm emarassed by it but on the other it's good incentive to try and do something better and hopefully get some constructive critisism.

I still work on Rufus and Horny when I have the time. There's a bunch of (fairly) new drawings that I want to share but it will come down to whenever Shane and I can get in contact to post the update.

Katie said...

Wow!! Fred, this is awesome for your first stab at painting! I can't wait to see what else you do! I love his giant orange head!

werewolfamerican2002 said...

Hey Fred--

This is a fantastic first attempt at painting!

I understand what you mean about being frustrated about not being able to get down on paper what is brewing in your head--

My advice based upon the crippling experience all these years of perfectionism and never being happy with what I produced is just look at my example--there, you see, I have nothing to show for myself, nor does anyone know me in any capacity in regards to any artistic field, whereas I should have, at my age, years of investment.

At least you are taking the inspiration you got from Berman and took action and did something youve never done before--

I say forget about modesty and forget about self-criticism/frustration and pour yourself into whatever you want to do and try with gusto--and keep in mind that this is something new, and be realistic and recognize that you have some damn fine talent and applied to painting, you are only going to get better naturally with each attempt--

Always treat your artistic endeavors as a journey--and take the scenic route and enjoy everything that you experience along the way--there are no failures if you just forget about producing a masterpiece at the outset--

Alright, sorry, that was probably more for me than for you, but take whatever you want out of my experiences for what its worth!

DB said...

Yo man, I have also been trying my hand at the paints lately - to me it feels like wiping sticky boogers around compared to my beloved ink.

But where we differ is that yours looks great man, keep it up - it totally made me chuckle when it first came up.

TonyC. said...

Damn thats where his head is.

Jeremy Bernstein (aka) Stick's Roomate said...

Hey Fred,

That painting is awesome. And your caricatures kick ass...walt looks like an
old rotting pumpkin sitting on my porch in January. I can almost smell him. Gross.

Sean said...

Jeremy's right, our pumpkin did smell gross. You're a jerk fred, stop paintin so cool! But before you do, paint the first caricature of the DIZ you posted. That one's my favorite.

Drazen said...

looks great
i love that slash of his hairline

vincent said...

Love it!

David Piephoff said...

that's good