We make a bas-relief "Spring landscape"


In this master class, I will show one exercise. It must be done to all those involved in the bas-relief and has at least minimal experience. And beginners can take note, it is useful. Exercise is - fast work with relief. For artists, this is called ala prima, with one touch. I think it will be useful to apply to the relief. The point is not to do any preparation. There should be no sketches, there should not be a photo of the work, nothing. All in my head.
Preparation only at the preliminary stage. You need to select a theme (landscape only), you need a few details, a composition and two to three hours of free time.
In the process, no stops, breaks. Customized, started and finished. Choose a topic without too much detail, with simple lines, where everything is clear. It is important that you are not distracted or interrupted. Prepare tools and materials. It will take a minimum. I had one scoop and two brushes. Small for washing, large for sweeping after cleaning. So let's get started.
Background. After work with cast plaster, waste remains with me. They are liquid, they can be thrown away, but they can also be used. I scored such a cake with a frame. It is about 5 mm thick. in a thin place. But you can use the usual drywall and small.

Quickly and schematically apply our drawing. Only from the head. You will copy or translate, lose the time and meaning of the lesson.

Recruit a distant plan. The forest stands, the shore lies. It needs to be shown. Leaving into the distance, everything becomes thinner and smaller in height. Any material you work with. It does not matter, because the relief is very thin.

Quickly throw in the front bank.

All this is done in one batch of material. A little dried up. Now we blur the background with a small brush. For washing, I advise instead of water to take the usual construction primer. Immediately and blur and strengthen the material.

If you already have something to correct - correct the appropriate scriber. I have this. Two ordinary nails. But at this stage we do not linger.

Now the center of the composition. Trees Apply by extrusion. After a little drying (5min.) Smooth. They are flatter and fit better to the background. Dried up, we cut out by specifying the contour, we begin to form the bushes on the right and the near shore. A few trees on the far shore. The correctness of the thickness is checked by shadows from oblique lighting.

We report the coast to the right and below. It smoothly goes into the frame.

Add the bank to the right. He is clearly not enough, he must rise from the river. We detail the bushes and the melting ice near the near shore. If you drag your finger over the material that has not yet dried out, you get an interesting rough texture. It will be like melting snow.

No need to try to bring work to perfection. This is a lesson, and in the lesson mistakes are possible. The meaning of this exercise is to learn to identify the main parts of the work and focus on them. No need to be distracted by the little things. Detailing, cropping, clarifying forms. It is always possible to finish it later, when the main arrays of the relief are placed in their places. It took me two and a half hours to do this part of the work. The relief is almost complete, but it becomes dark and there is not enough lighting for work. The next day I finished the bushes in twenty minutes and a little ice on the water in the foreground.

The terrain is complete, as is the modeling lesson. Now painting. By the way, the shortcomings that we have got as a result of quick work should be able to be removed by painting. Ground dry. We pass the base color. I have a turquoise.

Spring landscape, everything should be bright and bright. All paints are disassembled, there are no dark places. We start to pick up the sky. Turquoise, blue, then a little orange. Do not paint tightly, it should be a bit mosaic and flickering. In some places, even the base background is visible.

Now the far forest. Gray-violet. Far away, the color is reduced. Near more contrast.

Few trees left on the far shore. The more details, the more advantageous the landscape looks. But this is a distant plan, there should be no clear registration. Snow on the shore, thawed patches. That side is lit up, so the snow melts faster.

We collect the river. While previously, trying on. I do without a photo, so it feels like. Water and ice, especially in the foreground, will come back all the time, until the very end of work.

Outline a tree, bushes, front ice. Snow on the river. Ice near the shore on the right.

The sun shines on the right and a little on us. So it will be possible to show the shadows of the tree and the near shore. It will complicate and decorate the image.

Snow and ice in the middle of the river. We have it lit by the sun. If you add a little orange to white, you’ll get more vivid and artistic. I forgot to add, I have oil.

In the shadows is not enough lilac. It is necessary to associate the far plan with the front. Let's make it a color. Add lilac to nearby bushes and a bit more contrasting distant trees on the left. Tree nests. The melted ice near the coast is a little turquoise in the sun. A small palette knife was used here.
I will make a small digression. The palette knife on the relief works poorly, but if the little ones are not tricked by the face, but by the whole plane, then an interesting ice is obtained.

Far shore I podkontrastil blue water. I think that's enough. If you prescribe further, the relief may be darkened. It is small in size and registration is difficult. And so, in my opinion, quite in the spring.