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Saturday, February 14, 2009

Cosmic Cow: "Crab in Space" Underpainting

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"Crab in Space" Underpainting
by Scott Plaster - Saturday, 14 February 2009, 03:36 PM
OK, here is the completed "Crab in Space" underpainting. I used only two colors (cobalt blue and raw umber) to draw the crab and establish some color in the background. At this stage, I look to see if I'm happy with the conversation and lights/darks. This process gets me more familiar with the lines of the shapes and how they will interplay with each other. I'm still not sure what I'll do with the background. I'll let this dry and then start with the background to see what might happen next:

Cosmic Cow: "Crab In Space" So Far

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"Crab In Space" So Far
by Scott Plaster - Saturday, 14 February 2009, 02:48 PM

Cosmic Cow: Scott is Painting Again (or almost): "Crab in Space"

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Scott is Painting Again (or almost): "Crab in Space"
by Scott Plaster - Saturday, 14 February 2009, 02:05 PM
Hello All,

I actually continued work on "Crab in Space" today. I have him drawn out on canvas and ready for the underpainting. This one has been a compositional challenge, but I think the way I have the crab positioned now will be dynamic enough. I used water-soluble graphite pencil to sketch him on canvas, and I use a wet paper towel to erase.

The next step will be to use some thin washes to establish some color. I plan to use the background (a blue-speckled enamel pot lid) to create a "space" look with the white specks being stars.

I'm also considering a heavy impasto for the light parts of the claws to give them more dimension and bring them forward. It will probably involve impasto medium and multiple layers ... maybe the thickest treatment I've ever done (I mean REALLY thick).

I haven't decided how I will achieve the background yet, but will see when I get there. I might want some dimension and that could involve using transparent colors over an underpainting. I like the blue enamel look, but in the colors of the crab I want to emphasize the bright blue and reds, so I'll have to see ...

Here is what I have so far.