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

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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Gallery

Open Window at Collioure, Henri Matisse Open Window Etretat, Matisse Interior with Photograph, Matisse Paris Through the Window, Chagall  Dancer in Front of a Window, Degas Dining Room in the Country, Bonnard, 1913 Open Window toward the Seine, Bonnard, 1912 RIchard Diebenkorn, … Continue reading

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Figurative Painting

HI there

Here is a variety of images of figurative painting, if anyone wants to check them out. A lot of them came as part of a presentation for the Issues of Representation course, with a focus on the representation of women.

Enjoy!

JJ

More examples of Grisaille and Monochrome paintings

Zhang Huan: Ash Paintings and Memory Doors @ the Art Gallery of Ontario

 

Looking at Shapes

Looking at historical examples of painting and déshirage/collage that employ shape as the predominant compositional element. Please feel free to add images for discussion.

http://blog.ocad.ca/wordpress/drpt1c01-fw201201/two-dimensional-form/