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Painting an Allegory: Concept to Canvas taught by Martin Wittfooth

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Category Painting
Type Painting
Subject Portrait
Material Watercolor
Style Other
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Share a little about the materials, processes and techniques used to create this piece. King Rat, Watercolor on paper The King Rat, is a contradiction of sorts, taking something that most consider repulsive or undignified and making it glorified, making it king. I furthered this idea by by giving him an un-majestic appearance, he is slouching, he has no fur on his skin giving him a more naked and vulnerable sense, he is out of shape and has a frustrated and angry expression. In the painting there is no solidity to his legs, The legs are symbolic of direction, steadfastness and power, they are the pillars that uphold the rest, by leaving them unfinished it takes his foundation out from under him. Though he has perhaps undesirable qualities, he is also marked with a halo, a symbol of the church denoting sacredness. He is holding a scepter (another symbol of dominion) however the head of it is broken off, he is left powerless and detached, yet somehow still a king and still sacred. A worthless icon. I created a sketch on toned paper then transferred it with a charcoal tracing onto the watercolor paper. The painting was a simple three layer build up.

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Is the piece for sale? No

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What are you most proud of? The skin tone and overall color of the piece.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Pay close attention to the initial drawing and composition before starting the final painting. Save yourself the time of making a rookie mistake like I did.

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This was obviously well thought out. Good job. Don't forget to post the final version!

10/28/2013 Flag

Thank you so much and I will!

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11/08/2013 Flag

Great job! Very nicely done

11/13/2013 Flag

Thanks very much! Great class!

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