What do you get when you have an extremely boring day at the office coupled with a view from the office window. This!
Space … A Final Frontier!
Star Trek debuted on the American TV in 1966. Recently it completed its 45th year on Planet Earth. This was the only science fiction series which painted a bright future for the humanity.
I drew this picture as a homage to the TV show which holds a very special place in my life. Star Trek gave me the vision to dream big and imagine bigger.
Recently I came across 2 very good books on oil painting, which proved to be quite inspiring. Most importantly, they made me stop and look back at my techniques and work for some quantity.
The first book was The Oil Paint Color Wheel Book by John Barber and the other was Expressive Oil Painting – an Open Air Approach to Creative Landscapes by George Allen Durkee.
Following are the two oil studies. Both are done on 7″ x 9.5″ handmade paper.
The first study of a lone tree is entirely done using a single color (Burnt Sienna) and a single hard brush. No black and white tones were used. The aim was to develop a texture using the hard brush and a well diluted single color.
This was an imaginary jungle landscape. The aim was to experiment with various hues of green.
A little sketch of an old barn. This was a full color oil painting in a painting book I bought recently. I drew this picture as a B&W interpretation of the color painting. I hope this captures the beauty of the black and white medium.
I drew this in my sketchbook using a Staedtler Pigment Liner 0.2 pen. This tool around 45 mins to complete.
This is my 7 year old son – Dhruv
This is Fireboy Dhruv
I did this using the GIMP software. Following are the steps.
First I removed the background and added some ‘electric’ hues to the pants.
Then I added some fire to the hands.
Added some shades to the face …
Added some highlights on the face and clothes. These highlights are formed due to the fire light.
Added an ‘X’ on the chest for that superhero look.
And added the background, some final touches and we are done.
Completed one more oil painting. This one took more than 50 hours. It came out very satisfying. Loved the look of this. The sketch in the previous post (Garden of Eden) acted as a preliminary sketch for this painting.
The painting is done in oil on canvas (18″ x 30″).
I have kept a cool color scheme in this picture (except a dash of red for the male protagonist’s cape).
The following pictures show some detailing of the same
I deliberately kept the details to a minimum.
Space – A Final Frontier!
These words have inspired generations since the last 45 years (yes, it’s been 45 years since the first Star Trek episode was aired). I have been fortunate enough to come across Star Trek when I was of an impressionable age.
So here’s a quick sketch of a Space Station near a distant planet. I took me around half an hour to complete (Wacom tablet + GIMP software). Nice concept to start with.
So I decided to try my again newly found oil paint art onto this. I had an old canvas board (8 x 10 inches) lying around. I completed this color painting of the same piece (with some modifications) in 2.5 hours flat. This was my fastest oil painting, and the first speed painting of my life.