I recorded the changes discussed in a previous post in a video, uploaded uncut in HD resolution so viewers can see details in the full screen mode. I use an old hunters knife to scratch off oil pastel color where necessary and for sgrafitto technique. I sat in direct sun on the first really warm day this year with temperatures of ca. 25-27°C.
The surface of the Caran d’ Ache oil pastels (Link to my favorite set Neopastel)gets very soft under direct sun exposure, but they do not melt. I keep the box with the pastels in shade nevertheless. Only very light touch was necessary to put down the colors. In the end after the video was done I removed a small odd shape in a tree top on the very right side, see below the finished study.
Later I will scan the image to get a more true color. The colors in the video are a bit too flat, whereas the Nikon camera is over doing the saturation a bit.
Here are some more pages from my oil pastel sketchbook that gets slowly filled. The first and the last are not completely finished yet.
On the long Easter weekend I started a another small oil pastel painting in our local vineyards.This time I tested the time lapse function of my Gopro Hero Camera. I found that the time lapse mode does not help with battery capacity. I get the impression that the battery is used up at the same speed no matter what the camera settings are. Latter I had some difficulties to process the many high resolution images (3350 in 4 folders, 1 MB each image) into a film. Apparently my computer with 4GB Ram is not able to handle those big files. I could convert the images in the folders to mp4 films with the free Gopro software Cineform studio. Then I tried to join these films with Windows movie maker, which did not work. Only when I reduced the resolution Movie maker could put the film together.
I tried to get around that problem by re-naming the images,but the re-named images were not accepted by cineform the same way as the original images from the camera. Later I learned about free movie joiners, which I will use on the next part of the recording.
In Part one of the video the basic elements of the painting, sky, huts and hill are defined. I start with marking the horizontal line that separates the sky from the ground with a small piece of black oil pastel. I tried to catch the look of the changing, cloudy sky first because I knew I would need at least a second sitting.
On the last weekend I could do a first demo video about sketching and drawing with oil pastels in nature. I bought a flexible camera tripod that I can attach with a big clamp on my drawing board. Before mounting the Gopro camera I start the camera and enable the WIFI control. Then I mount the camera after I have made the WIFI connect with my Iphone. I can see a preview on the Iphone and thus I can adjust the camera for the best view. Unfortunately I recorded a film instead of using the time-lapse function of the camera. So that is reserved for next time. I turned the view upside down in the camera settings, that way I could record the film already in correct upright position. The camera recorded about 1 hour. The camera stores the video in ca. 2 GB packages largest size. At home I processed the data with the Windows movie maker, mainly reducing the duration with the time-lapse function (8X).
I commend to watch the video in full screen mode because the study is really small. You can see the cardboard box with my “active” pieces of oil pastel on the left. I began with the outlines of the tree trunks as grid that establishes the simple composition. The grass looks miserable at this time of year, not green, not brown just worn out. The grey of the tree trunks and the blue of the sky compensate for that. At the end I clean the picture and add texture with a plastic palette knife.
This is my first, imperfect recording with a GOPRO camera that I want to use for more documentation during this year. At present I am looking for a flexible tripod to be mounted directly on the drawing support. That way I hope to change the perspective to full format, vertical view in coming videos.
One can record up to 2.5/3 hours with that small camera.
Beginning with the outlines of the tree trunks the spatial grid of the picture was established. In a second step I “carved” lines with a brass pen handle into the paper to create “lights”, areas that would not be touched with the piece of black oil pastel that I used in same way as one would draw with a piece of charcoal.