Thursday, February 28, 2008

Oil Work in progress . . .



Not the greatest picture . . . a bit dark. When I finish, I'll have some nice pictures taken of it. This is a few hours worth, still blocking in values and what not . . . the final will be in color, but more of a subtle approach.
18" x 20" Oil on linen.

33 Comments:

Anonymous Paul Holmes said...

Oh man, that looks great! I really enjoy seeing your oil paintings. Cool lighting and good caricature. I can't wait to see the finished painting.

3:26 PM  
Blogger Tim Bye said...

Stunning work Jason! I really love your oil work. Are you using anything to speed up the drying process at all?

4:10 PM  
Blogger Flydesign said...

Very nice piece, it's kind of funny because I think that's what he looked like while he was on trial.

4:17 PM  
Blogger Everybody's gotta be in a Gang said...

Looks great so far.
Have you found that your process of oil painting has changed at all after doing the digital painting?

4:45 PM  
Blogger Shawn Escott said...

Wow Jason! Awesome lighting, and you captured his defiant character.

8:37 PM  
Blogger Mark Sinclair said...

Picks jaw up off floor.... WOW!! Congrats Jason - this is one stellar piece.. Have you thought about keeping it monotone?? It REALLY adds a nice sombre and serious mood ...

10:37 PM  
Blogger Asier said...

wow! This is an impressive piece Jason.It would be great to see more of your traditional stuff here.I'm gonna dust off my oils too...That oily shine have made my day man...

2:18 AM  
Blogger Moyse said...

Looking awesome Jason! Looking forward to seeing the final.

3:34 AM  
Blogger JPA studios said...

Beautiful piece dude, I love it the way it is slightly unfinished, dark and misarable just like him

8:33 AM  
Blogger Restrepo said...

Ocasionally it is good to see something done with traditional techniques... as the old oil for example.
FANTASTIC WORK!!

9:06 AM  
Blogger Vincenzo said...

Looks fantastic even if you were to leave it in this stage!!!

Brilliant as always!!

10:08 AM  
Blogger David Malan said...

Thats awesome, it has a great 3d feel to it.

2:31 PM  
Blogger Sam Nielson said...

Great values, he really pops out at you.

2:33 PM  
Blogger Bobby Chiu said...

wow... that's looking very impressive

7:13 PM  
Blogger Nathan Lindsay said...

"a few hours..." sheesh.

Really awesome jason.

10:53 PM  
Blogger A. Riabovitchev said...

VERY B E A U T I F U L ! ! !:o)

7:28 AM  
Blogger Jason Seiler said...

Thank you soooo much everyone, your comments are greatly appreciated. I think I'm going to stay with the dark moodyish monochromatic look . . . "Beauitful" a Saddam painting? Isn't that cool that a painting of Saddam could be labeled as beautiful?

To answer some questions . . . .

I use Copal as my medium, it does help it dry a bit faster, not as much as a dryer, but I don't like using those . . . copal is amazing stuff to paint with.

And yes, a lot of digital painting does help when painting traditionally, but only because I'm keeping my study of values sharp in my thoughts . . . it works both ways, just paint, paint, paint . . . in any medium, it doesn't matter.

12:07 PM  
Blogger Larry Seiler said...

very cool work on this one, Jason...and great comment to questions asked.

a fine piece!!!

also...just re-read your biography, and we had a good laugh here at home reflecting on your little grade school drawing incident!!! hahaaaa...

11:10 AM  
Blogger Jean-Marc Borot said...

Interesting :
you wonder how a painting of Saddam can be considered neautiful.
I don't know if its released in USA, but if it is, read "History of the Beauty" by Umberto Eco.
He's speaking about things like that. For example, a nice painting of the devil who, in the dark ages, could'nt be considered as something beautiful or good.

I think it's the same for your painting. And beauty or goodness are not universal, it depends with your culture (many people in Irak, still considering Saddam as somebody good, and I'm sure some people do, would surely not consider you painting as a nice one...)

2:02 PM  
Blogger Jean-Marc Borot said...

I forgot one thing :

i think it's a beautiful painting
(and i already said once that I prefer before it's finished (T. Burton)

2:04 PM  
Blogger Don Pablo said...

Your excellent work
Are bright

7:09 AM  
Blogger [Moth] said...

i think it's superb.


(it's that te correct word in english?)

anyway, amazing work!!

11:12 AM  
Blogger W. K. Moore said...

Jason .. nailed the defiance. A pleasure to see some of your excellent oil work again. Working in oil kills time .. working in photoshop kills the eyes.. balance is a good solution.

11:34 AM  
Blogger Powell said...

Jason your traditional painting ability just kills me... Really man this is awesome!

Keep these badboys coming... no pun intended.

Oh, and to answer your post on my blog, I attended the Academy as well. Graduated last May.

11:59 AM  
Blogger Jason Seiler said...

Thank you all, and thank you Bill and Mr. Powell! Bill, it is a good thing to take a break from the digital world for a bit . . . I really love painting with oils. I want to push much further with it and do it more . . . . just means I have to make time.

Powell, that's great, the Academy is a great school! Your work is great, what have you been up to, are you working full time as an illustrator?

3:48 PM  
Blogger Joe Karg said...

After all that's been said, I fear I don't have much to add besides my own person interest in the piece.

Lovely,
Joe

8:52 PM  
Blogger Ryan Wood said...

Great value range & caricature, right on mister!

11:15 PM  
Blogger marcobucci said...

dude, this is beautiful. Great likeness. Funny, if I squint, this could almost also pass as Sargent's self portrait.

11:29 PM  
Blogger Jason Seiler said...

Thanks Ryan, Joe, and Marco . . . hey Marco keep squinting! Glad you like it . . . almost finished with it, decided to keep it a more monochromatic-sih painting . . . .

9:10 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

A new high J-- Wish you had time to do more of these as digital is fast, but not quite the same as the balls of the old brush. I always meant to get around to doing some oil caricatures back in the day, but only did one due to the time factor. Really well done.

2:06 AM  
Blogger Jason Seiler said...

Thank you William, I too wish I had more time, I'll try to make more time, I really appreciate the encouraging words. I'm working on another oil of William H Macy, should be interesting . . . will post more work soon.

8:41 AM  
Blogger KIKELIN said...

Fantástica! Me encanta la profundidad de su mirada, aún se ve altiva. Es genial!

3:36 AM  
Blogger Brian Churilla said...

wow.

2:15 AM  

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