I work with multiple media, focusing primarily in charcoal or pen and ink for drawing, while I mostly work with oil for painting, occasionally using acrylic for my under paintings.
To begin I often pull from sketches or jotted ideas I have already done. The work is a culmination of ideas brooded over for some time and revisited often multiple times.
With painting, I use a wet on white approach having sketched out my basic forms directly onto a wet white surface, making it easy to transition and block in shapes as needed. Following that I block semi-refine my primary objects using a monochromatic theme, and give that time to dry before moving forward. I then use that as a base layer rough, and paint essential colors, marking space for mid tones and highlights. As the work begins to feel more solid, I focus on areas of interest, intentionally leaving some areas rough. I then add in my darks and finish with my darkest blacks, all self mixed and play back and forth between light and dark glazes until I achieve my desired color and luminosity. I make adjustments to the final piece and am finished.
For drawings in charcoal I use a fast developing detractive method of building and wiping away to the ghost of the image until I am ready to isolate the final refined form which I build by accentuating the darks and cutting away any excess work.
I my pen and ink work I use fountain pens or a traditional quill and well technique.for both approaches I create the image beginning with gestural forms in similar fashion to all my works. I then build the image slowly, fires focusing on composition then form, then light and refinement. I prefer a semi unfinished look. Occasionally I work with wash in pen and ink to achieve an even delicate flow and rhythm.
Concerning color, I prefer simplicity and contrast, taking care not to over look subtlety and complexity when the project calls for it. Often I use more subtle tones to nuance the piece or harmonize the image.