Digital Monochrome Studies

Take a photo of your still life and open it in Photoshop, turn into grey scale and add a transparent colour layer.  Try to make an assortment of digital monochrome colour studies, which will aid when making your monochrome painting.

If you are unfamiliar with using Photoshop here are a few steps to help you get started.

Step 1: Photograph your still life and open the file in Photoshop.  Below is a work by contemporary artist, Till Rabus, which I will use for the tutorial.

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Till Rabus Composition Picturale No2, Oil on Canvas 75 x 98 inc. 2011

Step 2: In the title bar, under image, select mode and greyscale.

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Step 3: Then once your image is in greyscale, switch the mode back to RGB.

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Step 4: Select a colour from the colour picker, then select  the rectangle shape from the toolbar, which will be dragged over the image.

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Step 5: Using the opacity slider, which is located in layers tab, slide it to alter the transparency of the coloured rectangle over the image.

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Tip: If you do not see the layers tab, open the  Window drop down menu and check the Layers option.  Window is located in the top menu bar between View and Help.  Most option can be made visible under the Window menu, have look.

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Step 6: In the top menu under Layer, select flatten image.

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Step 7: Save File as a .jpg.

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Try exploring a different colour  transparencies, which will help as you decide on the monochrome colour scheme you wish to develop into a painting.  Use your digital studies along side with your still life as the objects in your still life should still be observed – Actual objects will offer a higher degree of visual information.

 

Other colour examples:

Monochrome Examples:

Carla Klein, untitled, 2003  Oil on canvas

Carla Klein,
untitled, 2003 Oil on canvas

Carla Klein, untitled, 2003  Oil on canvas

Carla Klein,
untitled, 2003 Oil on canvas

Tommy Hilding

Tommy Hilding

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contemporary Still Life Examples:

Till Rabus, Crânerie n°1, Oil on canvas,  70x50 cm,  2012

Till Rabus, Crânerie n°1,
Oil on canvas, 70×50 cm, 2012

Till Rabus, Voodoo No1, Oil on Canvas, 190 x 180 cm, 2012

Till Rabus, Voodoo No1,
Oil on Canvas, 190 x 180 cm, 2012

Till Rabus, Condoms in public toilet, Oil on canvas, 160 x 230 cm,  2009

Till Rabus, Condoms in public toilet, Oil on canvas, 160 x 230 cm,
2009

Till Rabus, Scarecrow n°4, Oil on canvas, 160x230 cm,  2011

Till Rabus, Scarecrow n°4, Oil on canvas, 160×230 cm, 2011

High, Mid and Low Value Examples

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James White, Lockers, 2013

James White, Lockers, 2013

Cynthia Daignault, Untitled (Portrait), 2010 Oil on linen, 60 x 46 Inches

Cynthia Daignault, Untitled (Portrait), 2010
Oil on linen, 60 x 46 Inches

Cynthia Daignault, Slideshow, 2011, Oil on linen, In 2 parts:  30 x 40 inches,  60 x 96 inches

Cynthia Daignault, Slideshow, 2011, Oil on linen, In 2 parts:
30 x 40 inches,
60 x 96 inches

Cynthia Daignault The one I shall now describe, if I can..., 2011 Oil on linen, In 2 parts:  40 x 30 inches, 96 x 75 inches

Cynthia Daignault The one I shall now describe, if I can…, 2011
Oil on linen, In 2 parts:
40 x 30 inches, 96 x 75 inches

Cynthia Daignault, Screen Test, Screen Test: No Signal and Screen Test: Test Screen, 2011, Oil on linen, 72 x 34 inches each

Cynthia Daignault, Screen Test, Screen Test: No Signal and Screen Test: Test Screen, 2011, Oil on linen, 72 x 34 inches each

Till Rabus, Plaster n°1, Oil on canvas,  150x100cm  2013

Till Rabus,
Plaster n°1, Oil on canvas, 150x100cm
2013

Cynthia Daignault Over-under, 2013, Oil on linen, 6 parts: 15 x 10 inches each

Cynthia Daignault Over-under, 2013, Oil on linen, 6 parts: 15 x 10 inches each

Cynthia Daignault, I think of the Big Sky, and nothing matters much to me..., Oil on linen, 2011 in 2 parts: 24 x 34 inches 42 x 96 inches

Cynthia Daignault, I think of the Big Sky, and nothing matters much to me…, Oil on linen, 2011
in 2 parts:
24 x 34 inches
42 x 96 inches

Cynthia Daignault, CCTV Monitor, Oil on linen, 12" x 16",  2012

Cynthia Daignault, CCTV Monitor, Oil on linen, 12″ x 16″, 2012

Cynthia Daignault, CCTV Monitor, Oil on linen, 12" x 16",  2012

Cynthia Daignault, CCTV Monitor, Oil on linen, 12″ x 16″, 2012

Cynthia Daignault, CCTV Monitor, Oil on linen, 12" x 16",  2012

Cynthia Daignault, CCTV Monitor, Oil on linen, 12″ x 16″, 2012

Li Songsong, Craving and Flaws, Oil on Canvas, 2011, 200 X 260 cm

Li Songsong,
Craving and Flaws, Oil on Canvas, 2011, 200 X 260 cm

Cynthia Daignault, Barcelona Stool, 2011 Oil on linen, In 2 parts:  34 x 34 inches each

Cynthia Daignault, Barcelona Stool, 2011
Oil on linen, In 2 parts:
34 x 34 inches each

Cynthia Daignault, Black LCD (Off), 2011 Oil on linen, 24 x 34 inches

Cynthia Daignault, Black LCD (Off), 2011
Oil on linen, 24 x 34 inches

Cynthia Daignault, Barcelona Couch, 2011 Oil on linen, 72 x 90 inches

Cynthia Daignault, Barcelona Couch, 2011
Oil on linen, 72 x 90 inches

 

James White, Burger Box, 2010

James White, Burger Box, 2010

Till Rabus, Plaster n°3, Oil on canvas,  150x100cm,  2013

Till Rabus,
Plaster n°3, Oil on canvas, 150x100cm, 2013

Walter Tandy Murch

Artist’s Exploring Interior and Exterior Arenas: “The Window”

Balincourt03Jules de Balincourt
Untitled
2006
Acrylic, oil and spray paint on panel
78.7″ x 118″

Dalwood02Dexter Dalwood
Jackie Onassis
2000, Oil on canvas
214 x 244cm

Dalwood01Dexter Dalwood
Kurt Cobain’s Greenhouse
2000, Oil on Canvas
214 x 258cm

 Hellmich12Christian Hellmich

Hilding03Tommy Hilding

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATommy Hilding

McGrath02Tom McGrath
Monkeybars
2006
oil on panel
109.5″ x 81.5″

Weischer06Matthias Weischer
Egyptian Room
2001, Oil on Canvas
220 x 220cm

 1159Martin Golland
Portal, 2007
oil on canvas, 60″ x 50″

stamer_untitled2_10Damian Stamer
Back Where I Came From
2012, oil on canvas
48 x 72 inches

12RauchNeo Rauch (Diptych)

09hgb_pressebild_65Neo Rauch (Diptych)

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