The Art of Lisa Payne



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Since i had several in progress shots of this wedding portrait commission, I thought I’d share here. A little glimpse into my working process, at least for an oil painting.

I like to block things in  and put something down and continue to refine it until it looks right. I think beginning artists a lot of times don’t realize that artwork doesn’t always come out perfect from the artists brush at the first stroke, especially for realism. Of course, with training and practice you can lessen the time and effort to get to a finished piece, but there is always work involved to make something appears effortless.

12x16” oil on wood panel.

Reblogged from le-mec

le-mec:

Deluxe Draughtsmanship Exercise CheetSheet(TM donut steel all rights reserved lol no not really)

Draughtsmanship is the skill of making lines go where you want them to go. For that, body, eyes and mind must work together.

Some movements feel awkward and your pen won’t go in the direction you want it to. That’s a body problem. Exercises like the radial and (clockwise/counterclockwise) circular training will help you build muscle memory.

But round arcs and straight lines are of no use if they don’t land on target. For that, practice three-point targeted circle exercises, circle push and ellipse exercises.

Jumping the gap between 2D and 3D is going to be the hardest part. You have to train your eyes. The problem is that the page is flat and your eyes will see that. Eliminate all shadows with a well lit surface. Defocus your eyes, close one eye (or cover it) to defeat your depth perception so you can see INTO and draw INTO the page rather than ON the page. You have to push your lines AWAY from you or TOWARDS you.

Lastly, some of these exercises are meant to be DISRUPTIVE. They break routine and pattern and force you to keep your mind engaged instead of falling into stupid autopilot mode. Good art requires a certain amount of mental fortitude. These exercises are meant to provide you with a level of cognitive difficulty to strain your mind.

Look at your own abilities (or lack of them), pick one to strengthen, and then choose the exercise that targets that weakness. Practice until it becomes second nature and then move on to the next weakness.

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Moroccan inspired quick sketch in photoshop.
I’m trying to recover from a nasty cold/laryngitis. More reason to sit and draw.

Moroccan inspired quick sketch in photoshop.

I’m trying to recover from a nasty cold/laryngitis. More reason to sit and draw.

Double page from my sketchbook. Original sketch from a trip to the Moroccan Sahara in 2010. I just added the color, rather playfully.

I lost my stylus for 2 days and have never loved it more upon rediscovering it! Yay!

Double page from my sketchbook. Original sketch from a trip to the Moroccan Sahara in 2010. I just added the color, rather playfully.

I lost my stylus for 2 days and have never loved it more upon rediscovering it! Yay!

Recent house portrait commission.

Recent house portrait commission.

Quick self portrait using gouache with a class of my 10th grade students in May. They were a good class, and full of awesome artists!
I will be teaching art at another high school next year. I’m excited about that as well.
This summer has been busy with teaching an adult drawing class, cheese making workshops and lots of little art projects. I will be posting some here just because I can!

Quick self portrait using gouache with a class of my 10th grade students in May. They were a good class, and full of awesome artists!

I will be teaching art at another high school next year. I’m excited about that as well.

This summer has been busy with teaching an adult drawing class, cheese making workshops and lots of little art projects. I will be posting some here just because I can!

The inner spirit of spring and summer.

The inner spirit of spring and summer.

Really weird doodle thing to announce that I am back—to a certain extent. I am no longer teaching art full time and find myself with a little more down time in the evenings. I’m not going to promise daily drawings just yet, but hopefully I will be posting with some regularity.

Really weird doodle thing to announce that I am back—to a certain extent. I am no longer teaching art full time and find myself with a little more down time in the evenings. I’m not going to promise daily drawings just yet, but hopefully I will be posting with some regularity.

Reblogged from stephenmccranie

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stephenmccranie:

This essay is kind of the second part of an essay on taste that can be read here: 

http://doodlealley.com/2012/10/01/taste-is-your-teacher/

YES

also, the message made me think of this - 

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Rebloggin’ because this is good stuff.

reblogging this again because it really changed how I feel about my own art and how I view the art world

Holding on to this—I’ve got students who would benefit from this advice, and it is always good to hear it myself.

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Nice hand references

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