Sunday, January 13, 2008

The Self

I hadn't picked up the Wacom in a couple months and "painted", so I did this for practice. I think taking some time off was a good idea. The painting technique came really naturally to me, and I think that towards the end of 2007 I was getting really frustrated with myself.


Tina Vaziri said...

So sophisticated, I can see the control you have developed over this media.

Adam Osgood said...

That's interesting you'd say that, Tina. Ever the self-doubter, I wonder if perhaps this is too controlled? I think I need to start working in real media on paper to loosen up again. Next stop: acrylics.

-David Poe said...

This is great.
I love your colors, recently. The Christmas card you sent was beautiful! This reflects a complete control, I don't think that going to a traditional medium would do as much as more experimentation on the WACOM would do.

I draw in a skechbook everyday, still, and I think that's enough to help me. But, i do always look forward to a new painting - it would be interesting to see what changes occur in your traditional from your use of the tablet...

Again, great work!

Tina Vaziri said...

I can understand your concerns about it being too controlled. I have that issue sometimes with the editorials I do for the technology magazine my company puts out.

For me it's a concern with losing my sense of "style". I still struggle with bringing all of my work into one cohesive technique. Something strong that ties them all together.

This self portrait is a little different to me than your earlier work. This doesn't have to be a bad thing if you were to move more into that direction. But your earlier work screamed "ADAM OSGOOD!!!" to me and this one doesn't as much.

Adam Osgood said...

David, thank you for the kind words. I wish I had the discipline--or interest--to draw in my sketchbook everyday. I think I feel more comfortable drawing on a napkin than I do in a sketchbook.

Tina, that's interesting that you say that this one doesn't scream "Adam Osgood" and looking back on the paintings that I've been doing, I see why. I definitely controlled my color usage here, more than I had been in the past. Generally I go way overboard with contrast, but I always look at all these beautiful low-contrast digital paintings and want to be more like that. My inspiration largely comes from the Avalanche Artists

I'll let y'all know how the real paintings thing turns out.