Sunday, January 2, 2011

painting studies

These are 2 of the studies I've done for the painting of my brother.

"Remnants"
23 x 24"

This next painting was originally going to be a color study for the final piece, but I quickly decided I wasn't satisfied with the composition and returned to the drawing board.

"Bedroom Lights"
16.5 x 19"

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

your work rocks.

sincerely,

an admirer :)

p.s. I see what you mean about the first piece, the composition is kinda cramped, but I really like the detailed paintstrokes. from seeing the paintings, I think you like your brother, but kinda judge him for playing video games all the time. Also, is that a dorm room? it seems really sparse. And I like the perspective of the second painting because you included the door so it seems very.. third person looking in-ish.

I wonder if that's helpful at all? I'm not usually so voluble on the internet, but just wanted to say.. nice job. :)

Rendez said...

these are really great! I like the bottom one the best of the two. I do agree that it has a voyeuristic vibe though (I don't know if that's your intention or not), but I don't think that's a negative.

Antti Rautiola said...

I really like the composition on the "Remnants". He is obiviosly busy with something else.
All that stuff on the bg also shows that he is really dedicated to play the game. :)

samacleod said...

Awesome. Love these, the colors, the composition, and especially the subject matter. Wonderful.

danny robbins said...

Thanks guys. The painting "Remnants" was my way of familiarizing myself with the subject and environment, but not worrying about the final piece. In "Bedroom Lights" I decided the tv and game systems were unnecessary to show in the final, so I closed the composition and covered them with the bedroom door.

anonymous - I do love my brother, but I wanted to document the way he lives his life. I am trying to avoid my personal biases and faithfully present the subject, though that isn't an easy thing to do. The room isn't in a dorm, he lives at our parents' house.

Rendez - the voyeuristic view was definitely intentional. I wanted the viewer to feel like he/she is there and able to see the subject, but unable to enter the room. I wanted the viewer and subject to feel completely separate, as if they exist in different worlds.

alien said...

WOW! Nice

Beth said...

I love the colours

Jonathan Tiong said...

Haha, I love it! Painting shit shoved to the corner to make room for GAMING.

Kyle McCullough said...

Great job on the second composition. It is way more successful. You don't need to show the screen of the computer cause you already know based on the light and headset what he is doing.....great job man. Love that grey cord.


-kyle

Adam Parker said...
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Adam Parker said...

continue to force a sense of order into that thing...i think the simple one works better...its definitely a challenge to try to work with all that chaos, but that's when you have a good problem, i appreciate your perseverance on the subject, i still need to learn to take multiple tries on the same concept...keep up the good work.

FoxHound said...

Was really cool seeing your studio this past winter. Super inspiring. I hope one day we can do some life drawing togtether again. Take care man

- Corey

Elflling said...

I followed a random link from another painter's blog to yours, and was totally blown away by what I saw here. There is no doubt that your name will be heard 3-5 year from now innational shows and art magazines. I especially like the very sensitive drawings you've created in your sketchbook. And it is not hard to see that behind every single one of your paintings there is a solid drawing. You are really something. It's not only foundation and techniques though -- there is something that touches deeply when I see them. I would love to have a chance to view them in person...

If you don't mind, I'd ask whether you would do preliminary studies for your landscape and flower paintings too, or only for figure and complicated settings like this one? I am very intrigued by the process you take to create your artwork...

Elflling said...

I followed a random link from another painter's blog to yours, and was totally blown away by what I saw here. There is no doubt that your name will be heard 3-5 year from now innational shows and art magazines. I especially like the very sensitive drawings you've created in your sketchbook. And it is not hard to see that behind every single one of your paintings there is a solid drawing. You are really something. It's not only foundation and techniques though -- there is something that touches deeply when I see them. I would love to have a chance to view them in person...

If you don't mind, I'd ask whether you would do preliminary studies for your landscape and flower paintings too, or only for figure and complicated settings like this one? I am very intrigued by the process you take to create your artwork...

Jason Peck said...

Really great work, Im looking forward to seeing what you do next.

Joe Kresoja said...

Kicking ass you are.

danny robbins said...

Thanks guys.

Elflling - I make drawing studies for my larger paintings regardless of subject matter. I take a lot of time to explore the composition and idea before I commit to a large canvas, which is what those drawings illustrate. To date, all of my flower paintings are composed directly on the canvas because they are smaller paintings.

CárcamO said...

paleta de cores espetacular!!Congtayulations!!