Article by Savvy Dani
The second year students (yours truly included) were fortunate enough to watch two demonstrations of poster studies by two talented artists at the Atelier. It was a unique experience observing the similarities and differences in their approaches.
Demonstration by David Dwyer, graduate of the Aristides Atelier.
A wipeout-style underpainting allows you to broadly push and pull values-- with a thin layer of paint that is free of sharp edges and ridges --until you are satisfied with the results. This binding layer of umber locks your drawing onto the canvas within a brief 3 hours, and leaves you open to explore more nuanced form with consecutive layers of paint.
This under-painting of Aurora is on oil primed linen, 14”x32”. I have found that working large forces me to do a more thorough job on each form before moving ahead. This painting has a grey toned ground about value number 3. (I wanted the background to be a darker value without resorting to a thick layer of paint for my wipeout.)