Thursday, November 09, 2006


Can you tell I took this picture towards the evening time? I began the day drawing again in pencil and of course you can't really see that part, but I also was able to begin painting in the black. I'm still adjusting to how to use water-based house paint, which tends to be thick and runny. I was getting this dry brush look in the beginning and no sensitivity to the brush stroke. So I went and bought a variety of smaller brushes to work on parts like the eyes, and once I began to thin out the paint a bit with water, I was able to get long beautiful brush strokes without having to redip my brush 12 times.

6 comments:

da janx said...

wow. a blog. SWEET!!!!

da janx said...

...and the work is gorgeous. this mural will be an austin landmark.

da janx said...

...and you're doing the black first. interesting. not sure i know how that would work.

Anonymous said...

Looks good. I'm also curious about putting down the black first.

Aaron Sacco said...

Well, my strategy is to lay down the black outlines first in a rough way to simply define and clarify the figures. Then I will essentially paint-by-numbers and fill in the the broader shapes with color, being careful not to paint in the white areas. Then I will paint the patterns of darker color over that, which will define the forms better and give a greater sense of depth. Then I shall touch up the white and finally, repaint the black with all the glorious detail.

Aaron Sacco said...

By the way, thanks da janx. I'm excited to see the result!