Statement VII

Will poses for a patient interview

Statement VII • 8″ x 10″

Since starting the Statement series I’ve been on the lookout for interesting variations on white fabrics. It occurred to me that there are a few occupations that include uniforms or articles of clothing that fit the bill. My friend Will, who currently pursuing an MD/PhD, has the accoutrement of the practice and kindly posed for me.

This was a fun shoot because it touched upon some of the style I use for user interviews for my experience design projects. I asked him to imagine he was conducting a patient interview and tell me about how it happens. It was interesting to see how he stayed attentive while taking notes (and the occasional teasing about me taking photos). The notes he was jotting down related to a patient interview he’d conducted in a class earlier that week.

When painting this one I tinkered with the order of what to paint when and am pretty happy with the results. I end up using a dry brush type of technique on both skin and the white fabric to eliminate hard edges. Knowing this, I worked on the skin and shirt first (after the initial tones) so I could allow myself a little overspray that I could tighten up when refining the background.

Working on the skin early is also a good way to reduce that antsy low point that comes during a half-finished painting. If the skin looks good, it’s okay to have the abstract/unfinished look to the clothing or the background. The core of the figure grounds the whole thing. I’ll probably play around with this more in the future when I’m ready to mix figurative work with other styles.

I particularly like the chiaroscuro effect in this one. The lighting adds an extra gravitas to an interaction that already feels serious. This painting feels familiar and friendly to me because I know who it is but I imagine it’ll feel very different for anyone else viewing it.

Was debating how much to draw in the rolling chair he was sitting on.

Sketch

I'm going to have to buy more yellow ochre soon!

Yellow ochre

Starting to get some tones here.

Burnt sienna

Getting better at keeping a wide range of tones.

Burnt umber

Almost always the low point; everything just looks rough at this stage.

Ultramarine

I think I'll always jump into the skin tones at this stage. It makes it much easier to work on.

Skin tones & shirt

These are still a little too red, but getting there.

Khakis

Really like how the coat pops here! Painting with nearly-pure white is striking.

White coat

Filling in the detail work is always fun.

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