Oil Painting in a Hemisphere: 18th-century​ dress in grisaille from digital sketch

Oil Painting in a Hemisphere: 18th-century​ dress in grisaille from digital sketch


I’m just about to start working on this
painting inside of a hemisphere. I’ve been painting it in grisaille, which
means using neutral gray tones. I’m painting, I believe this is a 9 inch
hemisphere, so I’m painting inside the surface of it. Over here I’m working
from sort of a digital mock-up that I’ve made on my iPad. This is a photograph
of the painting, and then I added this dress in, and I’m kind of working from
that, back and forth from the bowl and this mock-up. Now, the dress, it was done
from life at the Met Museum when they had the Visitors to Versailles exhibit.
This was a dress that was attributed to Rose Bertin who was the dressmaker, dress
designer to Marie Antoinette in the 18th century. This is what I did from life
at the Met, I stood there for about two hours and drew this dress from the
exhibit, and I had the mannequin inside the dress also, because that’s how it
looked. For the painting, I decided that I wanted to have an empty
dress, so what I did, I painted out the mannequin, and I tried to paint
it as if, I tried to figure out the lighting for the empty neck-hole and
armholes. I had actually started roughing it out, but then I copied the dress and
pasted it in. But I copied a section of this wall and then pasted it over the
dress, and made it transparent so that you could kind of see where the dress
was going to end up. Because my ultimate idea with this is to possibly cut the
doorway out and then paint the dress on another surface behind. Similar to this
painting Interior/Exterior which was also painted on a hemisphere. I left the
window partly translucent and cut a section out and then placed another
smaller hemisphere behind the window and painted it with the outer set of
window panes and the view beyond. I think I need to just shift the dress forward a little
bit. I know it’s a really rough drawing. I’m working with, it’s a small
brush but it’s not very pointy anymore. It’s kind of an older one, and I just
want to kind of rough in some of the shapes and values.
so you’re kind of seeing the surface straight on through the lens, but I’m
seeing it more obliquely, because my viewpoint is coming from this direction.
So if I swerve around here, I’m kind of looking directly into the bowl
and painting like this. I’m using this neutral palette to work on this grisaille.
Working in grisaille helps me work out the value and tonal aspects
separate from the color, so I have to do less thinking every time I mix.
I’m thinking about the light and where the light will hit the dress, and trying to
think about the values. Thanks so much for joining me, and I hope
you’ll stay tuned for my next video!

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