Saturday, July 20, 2013

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Andreia Alexandra - portrait

Andreia Alexandra

Graphite, acrylic and marker on papper,
11.6x16.1in (29,5x41,9cm)

enVide neFelibata's portrait comission #003.1

Gilding finished, much sweat for laying the entire gold leaf.
Now, on to the painting again...

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

enVide neFelibata's portrait comission #003

First time gilding with real gold leaf... difficult as hell. The leaf's really more thin, and it's quite though to handle it, at least without the proper brush. I guess that must be by next buy.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

enVide neFelibata's portrait comission #002

New stages of the painting.
Drawing. Red for the flesh, white for the gold leaf.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Gold Leaf 23 & 3/4K

I've made quite some works using golden leaf, but i was commissioned a portrait in witch i shall use for the first time real gold leaf, 23 & 3/4K. The pressure's some, but i think i'll manage, after all it's the same technique only more money involved.
I bought it were i usually buy the golden leaf, at "Francisco Costa & Irmão (Google Maps).
They're 3.1x3.1in (8x8cm) a book with 25 leafs costs 27,50€, but it also depends on the price of gold. The other material to use with gold/golden leaf is mixtion (mordente). This type of glue is to apply to the surface so that after we can lay the leaf, and the one i use is from french makers "Lefranc & Bourgeois", and believe me... it cost a lot, around 60€/l (240€/gal).

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Sketchbook #10

Here are two drawings made within a few days of one another, around March, 2007.
The first one is a fortunate portrait of master painter Júlio Resende, made during a small open class e gave to my colleagues an i during college. I was very proud at the time... and still am a lit bit.

This second one it's a little morbid.
This was the neighbors late dog, Tica. The curious thing was that i knew the small bitch for quite some time, and never had the least wish to draw her, until one Friday or Saturday i was doing nothing. I knew she was an old dog, a getting sicker as time went by, but the strange thing was to draw her and at beginning of the week she past away.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

enVide neFelibata's portrait comission #001

Starting a new painting commissioned by enVide neFelibata.
It will be a oil portrait, in much looking alike style wise with some i've posted earlier, using golden leaf, only this time the request is much more fun... i'll be using actual gold leaf (23 & 3/4K), and can't wait for it.

This is the beginning of the portrait, a nice square canvas (about 24 in), now with a first layer of paint, red for doing flesh tones.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Instagram videos

A few days or even weeks, Instagram has updated to include video as one possible way of "creating pictures". Not really a fan of social networks, though i'm using one right now, the whole LIKE and CHAT and shit bothers me... but i've used the video tool in Instagram and found it funny to use. The main idea is to use it just the same way a a picture, only a moving one... Here's the first four!