Adam Miller – Composing narrative figure paintings From Conception to Finish
We will discuss the visual language of painting and how to think about and plan a narrative painting. Each student will design a single figure composition based on a mythological story I will choose(likely Venus as it involves a nude as is a simple subject).
The first stage will be to reference the stories around this character (Venus) and choose a narrative to represent. This narrative will then be described in a written statement that the student will hold to in developing their visual representation.This will be developed in loose sketches using pencil charcoal and paint. Each step will focus on developing different aspects of the composition. We will explore lighting, perspective, aerial perspective, color, gesture and integrating the figure into a space.
I will illustrate this process from my own work and photos of my process as used in paintings I have completed. When the sketches are satisfactorily developed we will set about finding reference and taking photos as needed from a live model. I will explain how to light and shoot good photo reference. A final sketch will be developed from this photo reference using the same procedure used in the final painting.
The canvas will be drawn on, primed with an atmosphere color and painted. These colors will be the same in each stage as will be used in the final painting. This acts as a rehearsal for the final painting. As we develop color I will talk about color theory in more depth and how light and color are used in traditional painting. The next stage will be to develop studies of individual areas of the painting that must be further explored so the students understand where they are going in the final painting. When all details are understood we will do the final drawing on the canvas. This will be followed by an imprimatura that will be chosen for its resemblance to the final painting. The next stage is the actual painting This will be done in solid over all color at first and finished by scumbling and glazing.
This class is designed for intermediate to advanced artists.
Adam Miller studied at the Florence Academy of Art, Michael John Angel Studios, Art Students League with Nelson Shanks, Michael Grimaldi and Greg Kreutz and The Grand Central Academy of Art. He has been an assistant to Odd Nerdrum and Jeff Koons. He currently shows work with Gallery Molinar, Pan Gallerie, Gitana Rosa Gallery and Slag Gallery.
His complete resume can be found here.
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