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Self portrait on newspaper

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NELSON JR
Self portrait on newspaper

I was interested on doing large formats paintings, so I started doing my research on cheap materials


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2013-11-20

2013-11-20

Transfer the drawing wasn't need to put a grid on the paper, I used the blocks of text and page divisions

Comments
JP Delaney
2013-11-23 09:31

Interesting sequence Nelson. Even this preparatory drawing over the newsprint looks like it could be explored more as a device for further work. It's not exactly obvious at first glance, then the gray 3 dimensions of the pencil's (or whatever it is you use) modelling appear from the flat surface, and the background patterns of the printed paper seem to render substance to the whole. I could imagine more drawings of everyday objects in this way that might work out to be a good series. What do you think?

NELSON JR
2013-11-23 17:30

I went to art school, but I've been working on graphic design, animation and video business ever since. I'm discovering color in a new way for me. What started as a practice and study, with a simple premise that was using pure color to get volume, has reached a good response with people. I don't know where it could take me, and this is the best part


2013-11-20

2013-11-20

Some details. Some useful help from the kids

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JP Delaney
2013-11-23 12:05

Great photo of your daughter (?) working on your portrait there.
Can I suggest you continue with this series using the same format of bold color on newspaper of portraits of the kids too?

NELSON JR
2013-11-23 16:24

My daughter is great, she fills those flat areas with a caution of an adult. Sure, the idea of portraits of kids is on my mind, Im casting friends for this jobs already


2013-11-20

2013-11-20

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JP Delaney
2013-11-23 16:45

OK Nelson I'm going to ask a difficult one now. I want to know how you move from the graphic to your use of colour. How do you choose the colors you start out with? I see you jumped straight to primary yellow, red, and orange, along with white highlight and some deep blue. Are these choices easy to make? How do you make your choice as you progress?`

NELSON JR
2013-11-23 17:58

I have no formal education in painting, so I don't have a proper method. I take the easiest path by putting the highlights and the darkest points. Then I keep going always taking into account the relationship between the colors. Most of the time I'm lost.

JP Delaney
2013-11-23 18:53

Ha ha! Nelson I love your statement that most of the time you're lost - join the club! Regarding the formal education, as far as I'm concerned, we learn by doing and looking, and talking to (and fighting with!) other artists. What's really important in my view is to constantly push our boundaries. Every work should point to a new attempt - a leap in the dark - into the next project. It has to be always challenging, exiting even, otherwise what we do becomes meaningless.
I asked you about your work with color as I know it's the most intimate and private of what we do. How the artist builds a narrative of color has always been of keen interest to me, as I find that it's the key to her/his artist soul. It's just so difficult to describe after the event and to put into words. And visual artists tend not to be interested in a verbal communication - understandably so. Nothwithstanding I believe every now and then it's good for us to be questioned directly with an expectation of an honest reply.
In this respect, I get the impression that you're not interested in hiding anything as in the end we have precious little time to get done what we need to do, and there's no time to waste with irrelevant posturing.
You'll be happy to know I have to stop here - my son needs to be driven to his friend's house, he's standing behind me impatiently waiting. Papa' andiamo!

NELSON JR
2013-11-23 19:10

Sorry my short responses. My born language is portuguese, so it's hard for me to put some feelings into words (new discovered ones regarding art)in a foreign language. But I am enjoying very much this dialog. It's good to hear from someone about my work, it's even better if it is someone from a different culture and continent, and with a great work such as yours. Thanks!


2013-11-20

2013-11-20

This is the original picture

Comments
JP Delaney
2013-11-23 12:00

Cool agitprop-type portrait Nelson. The explosion of hot color against the poor newsprint gives an edge to this image. What is it you're using here, acrylic? If it's finished, please post it in your gallery space here on ap so we can see it in a larger format. Great to see how you progressed to this point, and thanks for sharing.

NELSON JR
2013-11-23 16:28

It started as a cheap way of studying large formats, then I stop doing the backgrounds as realize that the newspaper was looking nice as a background itself. Yes it is acrylic. Thanks for the comments! Im still learning to use AP, and Im loving it! I believe it's here LINK


2013-11-23

2013-11-23

Here in detail

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Kristina Lycke
2013-11-23 20:16

Dear Nelson, I also find this painting to be full of energy. And how much it and the photo (you) are similar for me is a mystery.

NELSON JR
2013-11-24 14:48

Thank you Kristina! It's nice to hear from other artists about my work. This painting has a lot of energy indeed. I'm very happy with this outcome, and working in a series of portraits with the same approach.


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