Friday, June 8, 2012

Week 03 - Jason Slavin


I knew #6 had potential, but the shapes were boring, and there was no reason to be in the room. I couldn't shake it, so I went back in and just kept working on it.


Three more. I felt a lot more comfortable with 4, 5 and 6. I started by drawing values and colors from photos, building my shapes and perspective, and then adding texture later. I felt like I had more freedom to make the painting I wanted. See you all tomorrow!


Hey guys-

During #1 I also found it much more difficult to paint over photos than I thought it would be. Since there's already so much detail in the image, every stroke seemed to make the painting look worse for a while. I also felt as if I wasn't quite as free to make up whatever I wanted because there was already so much information everywhere. Everything ended up flat. So although I'm very unhappy with #1, I'm including it as a learning experience.
#2, I felt, was a kick in the right direction. I took a square photo of a fireman on a roof and expanded the canvas out quite a bit. I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted going in, which I think made a big difference.
The same for #3, the broken interior. I knew I wanted to keep exploring the city-in-ruins theme, and I think by keeping things simple I came out with something ok.

All paintings between 35-50 minutes.  More to come!


  1. 3 came out great man. You did a nice job of creating enough noise to blend your painting with the photo.
    and 2 looks really interesting from thumb, and i feel like a little tlc on that one could make a strong piece.

  2. #3 looks awesome Jason. The most important thin about this method is deciding how much you will actually paint and how much you will let photo does a job. Finding the photo has good lighting and mood is crucial. I also like the abstract and loose details on left structure. The structure on far right makes the DOF little flat. I know this is starting begining of the painting so just push the structure back into atmosphere, then you will be fine.Great job~!

  3. i think 3 and 5 really caught my eye as you chose very nice illustrations of light mechanics.
    Number 2 looks really cool, though I wish you could push the depth more and scale of the ppl in the assembly line.