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Posted by Bolverk
on March 7, 2012

Step by Step: "Procesión" by Jcbarquet

 

 

Jcbarquet shares with us a step by step of his work "Procesión", from our last exhibition Twisted Essence, which shows his standard work process.

 

1. I had an idea that I tried to depict in a few brushstrokes: a group of pilgrims walking towards a huge angel statue. At this point the most important thing, even more than having a concept, was to define where the light was coming from and to establish the general composition.

 

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2. I started playing with the palette. Since it was still an early stage, I changed the composition and decided that the angel needed to be smaller in order to make place for a construction. I also started thinking about perspective.

 

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3. The angel was eliminated, and I added a gate instead. I started adding detail, and at this point it was very important to use a perspective grid and to look for references in order to make the image believable.

 

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4. More detail. At some point I considered making the cupolas reflective to make the focal point stand out, but that idea was soon discarded.

 

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5. I kept adding detail to the construction, always looking at references of baroque architecture, and I made the pilgrims in the foreground considerably bigger; that way, the composition made a diagonal between two points of thirds. I also thought that the perspective should affect the rocky pillars.

 

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6. In the final stages of the painting the only thing left is to add detail for as long as it's necessary -in this case it was many hours-. To make the characters more interesting, I gave them incense burners, and I also added colossal statues near the blue gate.

 

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