I visited France and Switzerland in the not so distant past and had an amazing experience. My time was spent between the Sollies Ville in the south of France, for a BD (comic book) Festival, then onto Geneva, where I met with my publisher, Pierre Paquet, then onto Paris, where myself and the rest of my friends from Out Of Picture, had a show at the Gallerie Arludik. It was two of the most amazing weeks of my life, where I had the chance to meet some amazing artists and equally amazing people. Here are a few sketches from the trip.
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Monday, November 27, 2006
This is a more rendered version of the study below. Typically when I use gouache, I will treat it like water colour in the begining of a painting. In fact, I often use the two mediums interchangably. I usually start of painting very light and use a lot of water. I am somewhat reckless in applying paint in the begining, however I try to be careful in preserving the white of the paper for my brightest highlights. While the pools begin to dry, I try to pay attention to the edges, to make sure that they dry the way I want them to. In this early stage I try not to blend too much with my brush. I like to tilt my board to allow the pools colors to run into each other. By allowing the colors to mix together, rather than blending them with a brush, I can preserve the intensity of the colors. As I get further into a painting I will tend to paint more opague (with more pure pigment) and with less water.
In this painting, I actually rendered it tighter and more opaque than I usually do. I find it a really fun challenge to try and find new ways to handle the medium.
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
I did these studies in gouache, which is a water based medium, which very similar to watercolor, only it can be used more opaque. I really love this medium, because it is so versatile.
The paintings are based loosly off friends I know. The angry looking guy with the fish is my old swim coach Doug. Doug was one of my favorite coaches I ever worked with, eventhough it was not unusual for him to put on a face like the one in this painting. The girl is a friend of mine from San Francisco, who is in fact the owner of a pair of hairless cats.
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Hello! My name is Robert Mackenzie. I am an artist currently living in nyc. Here are some samples of my work. These paintings for the book Out Of Picture, a project I worked on with some of my friends at Blue Sky Studios. They were done in gouache on Strathmore 500 series illustration board (cold press), I hope you enjoy them.