Well, it's not actually a Boeing - but it is the start of new beginning! Today I commenced my work placement with AVC Composites. This work placement is part of my Visual Arts degree which I'm completing through uni.
The project involves creating a painting of an Airbus A320 neo (which is a small jet).
This is going to be my largest artwork yet, measuring 1m x 680mm.
Soft Pastels (Art Spectrum & Schminke)
Faber Castell Pitt Pastel Pens
Art Spectrum Colourfix Pastel Paper
Backing Board (MDF, 1200 x 900, 6mm thick)
Pencil / Eraser
Rulers (30cm & 60cm)
Measuring Tape (5m)
Photo of the Airbus A320 neo - I'm using this as my guide
Pastel paper mounted on easel - VERY early days
I used my first day of placement to set up my workspace (laptop, art supplies in once corner; easel (shown above) in the opposite corner). We ran into a small hiccup early AM with the Backing Board being too thin (this is the MDF you can see behind the pastel paper).
The one that was originally sourced was 3mm - however due to the size (1200 x 900) it was too flimsy on the easel. It was replaced shortly afterwards with a 6mm board (that you can see above). Happy days!
I spent the rest of the day mapping out gridlines on the photo and pastel paper...then tracing a very basic outline of where the jet is going to be positioned.
I'll be honest - this part of the process is my least favourite. For me, this stage feels messy because I am just putting my first layer of pastel down and experimenting with colours, so it looks to me like a blob of black/blue that isn't really going anywhere. This happens to me during my seascape paintings as well. It's always the first layer. You know you're going to end up with a work of art...it's having the patience to let it evolve.