I thought it might be interesting to document my process all the way through a new project. I’m starting a new painting, a still-life, based on my friend Leonard Richardson‘s 1998(?) video game, “Robot Finds Kitten“.
I’m working on this painting using the Mische Technique. Unlike the technique I learned which (I believe? Amanda, help me out with this one) originated in the Renaissance and begins with a cartoon painted in umber over a neutral, middle ground, paintings in the Mische technique begin with an inked drawing on white gesso. The ground is applied subsequent to the drawing.
I won’t go through every step of the technique here, but I will post some progress shots of the four general stages of the process: the drawing, the first underpainting (white tempera on a red ground), the second underpainting (more tempera on an ochre ground) and the final stage of the painting in color. Here’s the completed inked drawing:
I’m not sure when I’ll be posting the next phase of it, as I’m working on a few pieces simultaneously. But don’t fret and stay tuned! There will definitely be more work coming up.
Update: I did continue documenting this process. Click here for Stage 2.