2 COLOR CHALLENGE – Painting with James Gurney

2 COLOR CHALLENGE – Painting with James Gurney


Hey guys. What’s the lav you use instead so I know not
buy one? No, it’s actually really good. Okay, it’s good. It’s actually really good. I don’t know what’s happening. Here we are. You start it out it’s your show. Yeah, there’s all these old ones that I have
tested out. That’s cool. We could paint in here if we want to do a blacksmith shop. That’s nice. Are you still on this then or we’re in this? We’re on that. We’re gonna do limited palettes. I’m gonna do black, white and then kind of
warm and cool. And then, what are you… I’m just going to use black and black and
black, just all black. Just all black. So this is cool because right now it’s all
in shadow. But as the sun goes down, it’s gonna light
up that wagon and that might be interesting. I’m probably going to paint the wagon. Oh okay, that’s perfect. So I’m gonna come back. I’ll give you guys about another 30 minutes, but this whole we’re going to close up. Really? Yeah, so this one is gonna be locked down
in about 30 minutes. So if you guys see anything else, come in don’t let them setup Well, where do you wanna go? Kind of sucks, doesn’t it? We’ll just walk around the plaza and see if
we can find out where we’re legal. We’re gonna walk around some more? I don’t know. I guess then we’ll get out of here. Oh, I think they locked us in. Which way is out That way. God paint everywhere! White, orange, oh schnaps… I didn’t bring ultramarine, but it’s okay. I’ll use a brighter color. S#&! That could work. PROKO!!! What up?! What’s up Mark Did you paint yet? I haven’t started. F&*# I wonder how the greens are going to turn out… cause it’s just gray… It’s the ultimate test right here. That does not feel green at all. I’m trying to give it a glow right in here. Like it’s so bright that it’s glowing warm. Let’s go see what James is doing. Hey.. What are you doing? Working on the back of this old… Man. …old Spanish old house with the tiles kind
of catching the light, although there’s not much light on it left. And then a parked car here… That’s really cool. And so we’ll be putting palm trees and stuff
in there. You get that detail in quick. Oh boy, we had to work fast after our little
mishap there, picking the wrong motif. Actually, I think I’m enjoying my subject
now more than I was before. I think I… I am too, yeah. It’s a little more simple than the wagon inside
of that. You have to believe that. No. Well, yeah I guess I do. It would have been even better if I’d… Yeah. No, it’s true. The light gets better and we were just saying
this with another artist. Sometimes you’d spend three hours on a painting
and then you finish that, and then you spend a half an hour to do another painting, and
it comes out better than the one you spent three hours on. I’ve had that before too. Well, you get your practice in. You get comfortable with the colors. Yeah. The other thing we noticed is that after we’ve
been painting, everybody drive home, everything is a motif. I would go into the motif and trying to get
started. I have a hard time finding what to paint,
can’t decide, but then when you’re going back you say, “That’s the painting. That’s the painting. That’s the painting,” because you’re sensitized. So this is one of a couple different confusing
systems we… That’s cool. It holds on to the gripper here and it’s adjustable
but it just gives you diffused light where you need, just a little work, because why
do you need it over everything else? You wear a hat that’s probably good. Yeah. But it doesn’t block the light. It diffuses a little bit? Well, it blocks light. It diffuses it and blocks it so that you’re
in the shadow. It’s transparent. It’s white nylon so you won’t get any direct
sunlight on your work. Okay. That’s cool. And it won’t blow your easel away. You know a lot of people come by this area? A few people come to say hello. So you’re going in and painting in the tree
and pretty much covering the whole surface whatever the color is. Yeah. I’m just throwing the painting right now and
then I’m gonna go back over everything and figure out details and stuff. Has the light changed a lot on you? No, not a lot. The shadow’s moving towards it but it’s still
open. The shadow is getting longer but as far as
the shadow pattern on the wagon, it’s very close to what it was. Jeanette and I, we did different views of the same
thing. Bring yours over, do you have yours handy Jeanette? And because I did the horizontal, you can’t
see the tops of the palm. And we have worked it out. Luckily, Jeanette… We’ve been married a long time. That’s awesome. There they are. So we gotta stick these together somehow. And did you line them up on purpose? No, that’s what’s weird. We’ve been married a long time.

100 thoughts on “2 COLOR CHALLENGE – Painting with James Gurney

  1. Well thats cheating. White and black count as colours. So, you either do 3 colors, with that in mind, Or you make do with 2, thats the fun of it.

  2. I think I laughed at every single unfortunate problem in the beginning of this, and I felt kind of bad but that’s also part of what made this so great. =>.<=

  3. I'm really digging Proko's personality in this. I like the candid feel. Swearing makes the setting feel more natural too.

  4. Could this become a new exercise to improve my understanding of colour temperature and values, for examples in a portrait painting?
    I work as a full time nurse and self studying art in the evening and weekends. I post my works on instagram and my personal facebook page…….we all love thumbs up, likes, hearts, blue birds etc etc but I more looking for feedbacks in how I could improve my painting or drawings. If I send you a picture/s of some of my drawing or painting, would you consider make a video where you analyse what went wrong and why?

  5. Awesome to see what you can do with such a limited palette!
    By the way, it's much easier to get the values right on the cart if you paint in some of the background around it.

  6. Hi Stan, do you have any video about composition i haven't come across? It is such an important process to think about beforehand that it would be nice to hear your thoughts on it. I did see a Aaron Blaise vid talking about thumbnails but just saw your sletches when you draw him as Santa. Anyway, thanks for making these videos and sharing so much. Your work is truly remarkable!

  7. Hey Proko, you mind linking me to that color wheel at 4:29? I like it better than ones with white in the middle.

  8. I've just started teaching myself to draw and all your videos on formal techniques and tools are amazing, really high quality stuff compared to a lot of youtube. These fun videos with some of my childhood heroes are simply icing on the cake.

  9. Stan this is one of the realest videos I've seen you in, your scripted lesson stuff is great but I'd love to see more stuff like this as well!

  10. Hey Proko, where can I find out more info about the adjustable camera mount on your easel you are using in this video?

  11. The rough sketch turns out well.
    But, I noticed at 2 min 44 sec. that you hold your pad horizontally rather than upright at the same angle as you are seeing the wagon.
    Does that ever cause distortion?
    Or doesn’t it matter with just a rough sketch?

  12. Such a great video! As a beginner, being able to watch the entire process really helped me understand how to work with b/w values early on and then selecting a corresponding color palette. Was really struggling with this before.

  13. This is cool. I’ve been looking into the Zorn palette. Anders Zorn mostly used black, white, yellow ochre, and cad red.

  14. You'd think it would be natural when you bring on a high profile guest, that you spent your time filming his work and process. Instead, he just films himself and leave very little time for the guest. Seems very rude to me.

  15. Wow amazing… so easy…. so fast.. and the glow so easy and I am a rookie with 30 years of drawing behind me so easy.

  16. Greetings from Montréal, Québec, Canada, I want to know the Brand name, Model and price of your Easel (I know I shall have to convert into Canadian money) just to have an Idea of its price and if it is available in Montréal or E-Bay/Amazon? I find it ssooo practical with its built-in platform case. Thank you for those videos that motivate me to start 'Painting' as a beginner !!!

  17. Lol, I love the far sound, very funny, thank you guys, wonderful to the artists get together and have a fun time .

  18. Friendly fat park ranger!! He should be on the running path, rather than hassling artists at work. By the way, I've been to that park a few times and other than where they ended painting, and a nice old church, there is not that much interesting subject matter; unless you like painting tourist trap stores and the many Mexican restaurants. Good food at the latter though at the Blue Coyote, I think was the name!

  19. What a great video! Awesome company! And oh, your painting looks so great. How come such a boring wagon looks so interesting in your art work! Thanks for the video and for instruction notes, Stan 👍🏻

  20. Hi do you have an affiliate link to buy that camera mount? I'd like to get one for my online classes and am happy to support you if you do Amazon etc

  21. The drawing is completely off showing the wagon getting wider at the bottom. But at least the colours are ugly. 😀

  22. found his a channel a few weeks ago, its honestly very interesting and I've watched a few of his videos. He makes me want to better my painting skills although I'm not going for a concentration in it lmao, the fact he catches such defined detail in short amounts of time is wild.

  23. It still freaks me out a little when I can actually reach and talk to people I've highly admired as a kid. It's so trippy.

  24. This is a great video. Reminds me of you and Cesar Santos at the museum. I enjoy these every once and again.

  25. It's astonishing what can be done with black, white, and orange. You get the blues, so to speak, by means of simultaneous color contrast.

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