Vietnamese Paddy Workers

Vietnamese Paddy Workers

Here’s another recent casein piece. I actually finished this just before the Roman soldier but I wanted that up on the Illustration Friday site asap so wrote its blog post first.

This is from a Paint My Photo photograph showing a landscape with workers in a Vietnamese paddy field.

Early Stage Casein Painting
Early Stage Casein Painting

As you can see in the image above, I started with a very rough placement sketch and a wash of cadmium yellow light. In the original photo the leftmost worker was much further away from the others, I brought them closer for a better arrangement.

Casein Underpainting
Casein Underpainting

Next I went in with burnt sienna, more yellow (cadmium yellow light and cadmium yellow medium) and a pthalo blue/titanium white mix in the sky. The shot above shows my palette at that stage, I’m working in thin washes here but will use thicker applications as the painting progresses. The purples you can just about see in the bottom right are acrylics from another painting.

Vietnamese Paddy Workers
Vietnamese Paddy Workers

Then came the greens – pthalo blue, ultramarine blue, the two yellows and titanium white in various combinations. And then the finer details of the figures – ultramarine blue and alizarin crimson for the clothes; burnt sienna for the skin.

I added the tree to the left to better frame the image. Hope you like the result. Visit the shop for prints .

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