Andrew Reynolds, to me, is like the Bouguereau of skateboarding. His consistency and effort is extremely inspirational. The obsession I have with oil painting really makes me appreciate videos like this.
I've been trying really hard to draw every day, even if I'm not in the mood. There's always a ton of reasons that my mind makes up not to draw something, but I've really been pushing those excuses aside lately.
I always have time to draw in the morning and this is drawing below resulted from getting up early and working. I started two others, which I scrapped because they didn't pan out. Gotta keep truckin.
I'm proud of this two day study, but it's really hard to capture the effect of it in a photograph. This study was a test for me to try out a new medium, but I could have also used this for a commission or more finished work. I also did a small pencil sketch of the pose before working on this.
I'm really realizing that good preparation and large brushes are the keys to success. I've always preferred large bristle brushes because it keeps the larger picture in mind. And even detail work can be achieved with a large brush and a delicate touch.
I've written a lot about Bouguereau's ebauche technique, but I'll stress again how great it is. The paint is applied in a rubbing (frottis) fashion and it works very well for a wide variety of subjects.