At the mall one day, I encountered these two playing chess. I stopped and watched for a while, intrigued by their deep immersion in the game. I was also intrigued by the age difference, making them unlikely pals. Here is the progression of the design and composition of the painting.
|I liked the older man's pose in this photo,|
|but I liked the younger boy's pose in this one.|
I combined the two, removed the color and posterized
the image so that I could easily see the simple value shapes.
The background was problematic and detracting. I needed to create a space that was theirs; a place where they meet to share their love of the game. I created two value sketches to try out different backgrounds.
The first sketch shows the two players oblivious to the busy
sidewalk setting but it wasn't quite what I had in mind.
|Better. A quiet, early morning match, just the two|
of them...and some pigeons.
Now to explore color options; a small color study will give me a roadmap to follow while I am painting. I knew I wanted a muted, neutral palette and I knew I wanted blues and violets as the dominant colors, so it wasn't hard to come up with an Analagous Blue Violet + Complementary Yellow color scheme.
NOTE: Analagous colors are 3-5 colors on the color wheel that are right next to each other. In this case it would be Blue Green / Blue / Blue Violet / Violet / Red Violet. I used Raw Sienna for the Yellow Complement.
|Small 5x7 color study|
Here's the finished painting. I want the viewer to feel as if
they are rounding a corner and discovering this scene as I did.
artwork size 19 x 26"
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