Thursday, November 27, 2008

New Works "From Life Alla Prima"










The following works are my current project of faces in both natural and artificial lights painted from life. It's been a tremendous learning experience for me and a great opportunity for new discoveries both technically and visually. It's allowing me to see what photo camera cannot record in terms of color and subtleties of the form and hopefully capture it in a "wet into wet" approach...











23 comments:

Jasons-Brush said...

Hey Ignat,

These are very beautiful works, wonderful brush work. What sort of palette did you use for each work. Did you use a limited palette, or a full palette?

Im especially drawn to the ones with the cool skin tones, thats why Im curious about the palette used. What do you use to cool down the skin tones? Oh, and is that a Burnt Sienna wash Im seeing in the backgrounds, or a mix of something else?

These are beautiful, thanks for posting.

Sincerely, Jason

Jeremy Elder said...

If I can someday paint as half as good as you I will be a happy man. Thank you for sharing such wonderful work.

adebanji said...

BREATHTAKING! Great Pieces!

Ignat Ignatov said...

Thank you, Jason, they are all done with a full palette, as for the wash under it's a combination of the panel color (orange) and a brown wash - usually burnt umber or raw umber..there is really no recipe to cooling the color down since there are many options with a full palette so I just decide as I go based on what's around it.. Hope that helps Jason..

Jasons-Brush said...

Hey Ignat,

Thank you very much for the info, on your palette. Thats very interesting about the orange panel. Ive never tried that. I have used a burnt sienna wash at times, which when dry appears somewhat orange.

I absolutely love your technique, and your brushwork is extraordinary.

Are you using Langnickle 5590's, and if so are they really worth the money?

Ive been meaning to try them but they are a bit pricey. If they are worth the price, Ill definitely buy them.

Sincerely, Jason

Francis Vallejo said...

terrific body of work, love the subtle strokes!

Ignat Ignatov said...

Jason,
Thank you!
Yes the 5590 are worth the price, I get them from jerrysartarama where they are on sale plus if you sign up for their coupons you can get extra 20% off so then they are a really good deal,, I tend to start the painting with a bristle so I can build more paint and than use the 5590,, hope that helps..

Jasons-Brush said...

Thanks Ignat,

I went ahead and order the Langnickle's. Thanks for the tip about jerrysartarama as well. Ive ordered from them before, and its always been great service. In fact, I order most of my paint from them now. They seem to have the best deals around.

Ill post some new works once Ive had time to play around with the new brushes. Cant wait to try them out.

Sincerely, Jason

Logan Hagege said...

Hey Iggy,
These portraits look great! Glad to see you having so much fun with these. I will have to join you guys for a session next time I am in L.A.!

Johnnie Sielbeck said...

These are gorgeous!! I especially like the latest three with more/warmer light on the fur collar. Wonderful brushwork, very lively. How large are these studies? Thanks for posting!

Jasons-Brush said...

I really love these new editions, beautiful work.

Best Jason

Matias said...

Great paintings. I'm a "long time listner, first time caller!" Just wanted to show my gratitude for youre sharing your beutiful paintings. Do you you use pallet knives to get the hard edges on the rocks for your beach landscape paintings or just brushes?

Oh, and do you still teach at LAAFA?

Eric Merrell said...

Hey Ignat, Happy New Year! Paintings look great, very beautiful color. Maybe I'll see you again over at the next "Classical Underground!"

Nathan Andrew said...

These are some of the dopest portraits I have seen in a long time. Thanks for that helping of inspiration and insight!

Marco Bucci said...

This is fantastic work you're doing here. Thanks for the inspiration!

Vinayak said...
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Vinayak said...

Dear Ignat,
I have been a fan of your work for quite some time now. I have admired your work on Greenhousegallery and your own website and have been returning there periodically to see your new updates.
I am rather new to portraits and draw endless inspiration from your work. I like your choice of pallette and the boldness and finality of each stroke you put on the canvas.
Do you complete your live portraits all in one sitting with the model in front of you right till you are finished? If so, how long do you normally take for a portrait. Do you believe in the philosophy that a portrait should be done in only one sitting in order to capture the moment?
Thank you so much for sharing your work with us here. Its indeed a treasure trove. I should be content if someday my painting are a tenth as good as yours.

Best regards,
Vinayak

aldo said...

Some great work here I enjoyed it immensely. I have been to Bulgaria
a couple of times and Montmartre quite a few times too as I live in France .

No substitute for working from life.

Don Coker said...

Ignat, these are stunning portraits. Bravo!

william wray said...

these are great Ignat. You keep improving. thinbk I'll take a figure class tonight.

Aleta Vidal said...

AMAZING!!!

Celeste Bergin said...

stating the obvious...these portraits are FANTASTIC

selistre said...

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VOCÊ REALMENTE É UM MESTRE !
SUA TÉCNICA TEM UM DESENHO MAGNÍFICO E EXCELENTE PALETA.

BOM TRABALHO !

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