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Dipesh Majumdar

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My oil painting: Contemplation

April 20, 2012

STEP 1:

It all started with a rough sketch on a paper. I took a photo of this sketch as shown below.



STEP 2: 

Then I started experimenting with colors on it... adding and removing colors layer by layer, until I was satisfied with the digital image.



STEP 3:
 
After this I used a projector to project this digital image on a 5' X 4' canvas. I drew the outline quickly and then removed the projector. I started filling colors in accordance with the digital image in step2. No more thinking with oil and brush in my hand. Now I can do all analysis, experimentation, meditation on the paintings as they develop, without paints and oils getting smeared on me.


    
Well, this is one of the techniques. I do employ other techniques as well, constantly experimenting and innovating new ideas. I have recently found that the third step can be done away with. Meaning, a digital print, i.e. print on a big and thick paper can be created from the digital image directly.

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It's nice to see the process of an artist. But there's too much variation from the original draft and the second image. It looks like the painting got over-ambitious and I'm not able to find the 'contemplating man'. But Art is Art. There's no right or wrong thing about it :)



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