Thursday, December 21, 2006
Monday, December 18, 2006
The model is Nils Vidstand, one of my favorite models of all time. He was one of the first models who invited me to come up and check out his weapons and props, to feel an old gun that he made and explained to me the history of cowboys; why they wore what they did, how they lived. He could act as well as pose and had great presence in his modeling. He looked like he had just walked right out of the Old West and into the studio.
These were done before I left Disney in Bob Kato's class during lunch hour. I need to redraw the left model; I love her Art Deco pose.
The right one is after I gave birth to my daughter and was so out of it; (it would take three years before I got my drawing sensibility back; I think it was the unbalanced hormones and total lack of sleep). It literally felt like I had never held a pencil in my life and when I sat down and observed the model was afraid to make the first stroke. But oddly enough, I nailed it. Even tho, I was not lucid or "myself" I still had the ability to draw just out of the practice of drawing for so many years. Because this drawing re-affirmed that I still "had it" it remains one of my favorite drawings.
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Greg framed the Lepardine miniature and another small foal painting. The Lepardine painting was not a great work of art, but it sure looked smart after Greg put it in a black frame. They all go to New Mexico in a few days for the x-mas rush.
I am crushed with freelance right now, but will try to post new stuff...
Saturday, December 09, 2006
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
colors were: raw umber, some burnt umber, sienna, red oxide, a touch of cadmium orange medium, a touch of black, titanium white, naples yellow and chromium oxide green. I threw in variations of green on the left side of the face, but the base brown was raw umber, a yellow brown.
Saturday, December 02, 2006
Working simulatenously on both paintings...It is too bad the subtle colors do not show up in the photo. This one I will probably keep. LeoPardine will be painted in this style, "pushing the paint" around. By practicing with the horses, I am flexing my painting skills for the figure.
I am using real cheap bristle brushes which give me little or no control on cold press board. The paint slides around on this substrate--you will either love it or hate it's unpredictability and randomness. It is like painting with watercolors that way, but it can give you a clarity with the paints that canvas cannot seem to deliver. You just have to let the paint do what it wants to do and take advantage of it.
An hour later...Even tho the green background looks better in the photo, the sand background gave the painting fresher surface look. Paint has a "buttery" look that i love. This painting is by no means done; i just need to adjust a few things. When it is done, I will throw 2 coats of a gloss or matte medium on it to seal the paint for all prosperity and viewers will swear it is oil.
The first horse is for a friend; it is a red brown horse with black accents. It is a "showy" painting because i had the opportunity to give it vertical strokes. I pushed the paint around--much like Dean Cornwell did with oils. Even tho the first one photographs better, has better "sculpting" and is more faceted, I actually like the second one better, which is based with umber colors--yellow browns, not reds. I never use yellow browns, but have come up with wonderful values and shades of yellow browns. This painting has less opportunity for long brushstrokes, but i love the color.
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Archer revisited. Barbara Bradley wrote: "WHAT FUN. HOW DELIGHTFUL AND SPIRITED. YOUR ENERGY IS AMAZING. ( My energy in the olden days when my kids were small amazes me when I reflect on it... last minutes sewing of pearls on the bride doll's dress at Midnight Christmas eve, etc. I remember doing three more sketches for a Borden's billboard before heading to the hospital after my water broke. ) Produce while you've got the steam." Barbara, I will cherish these words forever. Your support, enthusiasm, your generosity lifts me.
I bought her book on line: Drawing People How to portray the clothed figure, by Barbara Bradley. Check it out! A must for your figure drawing library.
I had done a comp of one in an earlier post and came back to it. Mentor Barbara Bradley suggested i plant that foot; sorry Barbara; i will when i get some time! Holidays coming up, lots of freelance, multitasking like a monkey, no time to paint horses or sketch for LeoPardine! Meager offerings, I know. (anguished scream right here)
bottom drawing, a quick concept. Love the body calligraphy, this one needs to be finished. Archers have such wonderful gestures; must investigate more...
Sunday, November 26, 2006
Thursday, November 16, 2006
Monday, November 13, 2006
Sunday, November 12, 2006
These were done a few years ago before i had my daughter. I used to love to figure draw. Infact, I drew so many naked people, it took my awhile to get used to drawing the figure with clothes! To actually be able to leave my house and go to a workshop would be a dream come true these days...sigh
this was done for a potential client found on Craiglist. He wanted a blood hound to be attacked by rottweilers. this could have been a real fun and complicated illustration; i could have really gone to town on this. however, the "client" soon disappeared, as they all do from Craigslist. Greg keeps emailing to this website for me and i keep telling him it is a waste of time! these people want quality stuff for nothing!
Monday, October 30, 2006
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Friday, October 06, 2006
Was out of town for a few days. These are minatures that will fit in small picture frames for a gallery. They do need to be "retooled" a little, with a fresh paint of gloss, as they are acrylic. I banged these out in three hours in one afternoon while my blessed mother-in-law played with her grandkids...These little paintings are acrylic on cold press illustration board.
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
Monday, September 11, 2006
this is a painting in progress. A friend back home (Bay Area) told me to start documenting my paintings so he could see how i work. he is a painter and fellow commercial artist and we had met at Stormfront studios.
yes, yes, i overworked the damn thing...will get better..i promise
On a more somber note, my condolences go out to Steve Irwin, Crocodile Hunter, and his family. May he be found still wrestling crocodiles in Heaven. We'll miss you, Steve, the planet will never be the same without you.