1000 Hours

Between 1st January 2012 and 1st January 2013 I will commit one thousand hours to drawing and painting, and progress will be posted here.

I will commit a minimum of one-thousand hours to improving how well I draw and paint between 2012 and 2013. I intend to start by learning and re-learning the basics of classical drawing by making studies from Charles Bargue's Cours de dessin.

See the gallery of my artwork produced so far.

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55 hours of working in colour

Submitted by Sam on 13 December, 2012 - 00:04

Yesterday and today I have been working on the chair and the wooden table in this painting, and I'm really happy with how they're shaping up, despite having spent a relatively small amount of time on them. It's so much easier to gesture towards texture, volume and pattern than it is to render it accurately! 

Mary work in progress - 55 hours

Submitted by Sam on 12 December, 2012 - 23:59
Mary work in progress - 55 hours

55 hours in to this piece and I'm still appreciating working with colour. I find it much more difficult than monochrome drawing, but I think the results are far more striking. I love the opportunities it affords for showing subtle changes of lighting and shape.

Mary work in progress

Submitted by Sam on 5 December, 2012 - 23:56

27 hours of work done on my new oil painting. I have spotted some proportional errors that I need to correct, but this shouldn't take too long. I love how much freedom oils give to revise shapes, colour and tone - much more forgiving than working in pencil, where too much rubbing-out or lines drawn too heavily would ruin the paper.

Tomorrow I'm going to buy a very fine brush so that I can add the detail I want to the face and hair.

Mary work in progress

Submitted by Sam on 5 December, 2012 - 23:38
Mary work in progress

27 hours of work done on my new oil painting. I have spotted some proportional errors that I need to correct, but this should be easy enough.

New oil painting

Submitted by Sam on 2 December, 2012 - 23:25

I have started a new piece, with just under one month to go until the end of my 1000 hours project. I don't think I'll finish it this year, but I'll try! It is going to be a 40x30" oil painting of my Great Auntie Mary. It's great to be working in colour again after so long working in pencil. Here's where I'm at after 15 hours of work.

Oil painting - Mary

Submitted by Sam on 2 December, 2012 - 23:17
Oil painting - Mary

New oil painting, 15 hours of work done. 40x30" canvas.

Art is never finished, only abandoned

Submitted by Sam on 30 November, 2012 - 00:14

I can see a few areas in this that I might return to in the future to alter and touch-up, but for now, it's finished! I need some time away from working on it to see clearly what needs doing.

Jess in apron - practically finished

Submitted by Sam on 30 November, 2012 - 00:10
Jess in apron - practically finished

I will no doubt return to this to make some minor alterations, but for now, it's done!

Jess and the work-in-progress portrait

Submitted by Sam on 6 September, 2012 - 22:51

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