This is one of those weeks (months/years) where I will be a bit short on my blogging/posting as I commit most of my labor to the creation of the large format oil painting Beren and Luthien in the Court of Thingol and Melian. Here are a few progress shots as of today.
Most of the color you see is the acrylic wash layers. I have now begun the detailing, further structural modeling, and coloring in oils.
For the previous MuddyColors post on the drawing and scale reference:
Born in 1967 and raised in Colchester, Vermont, USA, art was always a hobby for Donato as a young man, he would steal away into the basement of his parents' home to work on drawings, create his own maps for the game Dungeons & Dragons, paint figurines, read comics, and construct model tanks and dinosaurs. His love of imaginative play dominated his childhood, both indoors and out. At the age of twenty Donato enrolled in his first formal art class, the beginning of his professional training. Immediately after graduating Summa Cum Laude with a BFA in Painting from Syracuse University in 1992, Donato moved to New York City to immerse himself in the inspired and varied art scene. Formative years in the early nineties were spent as the studio assistant to the preeminent figure painter Vincent Desiderio, and long days of study in the museums of New York. It was then that his love and appreciation of classical figurative art took hold. He continues his training even now, visiting museums regularly, learning from and sometimes copying original paintings by Rembrandt or Rubens, attending life drawing sessions with illustrator friends and constantly challenges himself within each new project. Pilgrimages to major museums are his preferred reason to travel.
Donato has released a revised hard cover compilation of his works on the theme of J.R.R. Tolkien, Middle-Earth: Journeys in Myth and Legend from Dark Horse Comics.
Gifted, no doubt. Keep working 🙂
Those blues and greens you're using as washes– are those close to the colors you'll be laying down in oils, or are you deliberately picking contrasting colors for the underlayer?
Awesome endevor! Keep going. I have been wondering if I will be able to see this at Illuxcon this year? I'd understand if not. Like you said, hard to pack a 120 inch canvas haha.
Wow! All these oil paintings are looking wonderful. They are describing the history. You know I want to make a beautiful Aboriginal Art painting using oil painting techniques. I wonder if you can share some guidelines for this!!
Nice work really like it, great collections of paintings, thanks for sharing for all at one place.