Tuesday, December 29, 2015

A bit of new art...

Hope everyone had a great holiday time! :)

I have absolutely tons of art to post seeing as it's been over two months since my last post. I've been very busy creating art for work and for presents but haven't posted any of it. I've also been taking a new course over at Concept Art and it's a fun one. I'm only just starting though so will have more to post on that later.

Here are some more life drawings! One of my fave things to do. These at left are from a session a couple of weeks ago, my first one in months. These are done in pen in my sketch book and it took me a few drawings to really get back into the swing of things! It's been a while.

Below are some of the value studies I've been doing for the new art course at Concept Art. Obviously mine need a bit of work but we're only supposed to take an hour on each. I need more time than that! LOL.





Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Final of Collab Canvas with Ayala

All done! Here is the final result of my canvas collaboration with Ayala. I'll link to her video as soon as it's available.

The WIPs are below (click for large images) so you can see how I went from Ayayla's lovely background to the fully realized Frida painting in the final.

I had a couple of reference photos I used for Frida's face and I painted directly onto the canvas with my Golden acrylic paints. I wanted to go for a colorful style so there is plenty of bright blue, pink, red and orange in her face. I thought that would match the super background.

Once Frida's face was painted, I used some pretty scrapbooking papers to cut out flower shapes for her hair. And overtop of those flowers, I just used a gel pen to draw in petals and shapes. I did the same thing directly on the canvas background - gel pens and permanent marker to create more flower definition for background decoration.



I finished off the canvas with a light spray of varnish to keep everything clean and in place. All done!





If anyone else is interested, I'm always up for another canvas board collaboration! Just get in touch with me here and let's get started :)

Here's the canvas I sent to Ayala (see previous post too) and the lovely painting of a pretty Calavera girl she sent back to me.





Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Canvas Collaboration with Ayala

Lucky me! I get to do a canvas collaboration with Ayala Art. She'll be posting a video (check her post here) of her process while I'll blog about my techniques.

Right now, we're just at the background stage. At right is the 8 x 10 board I made to send her. Ayala will make a nice and pretty painting on this board while I'll do the same with the background canvas she sent me. I can't wait to see the results!

Step 1 I love big and bold color so went with bright and cheerful orange and blue. I used a couple of different background papers (dictionary pages and music sheets) stuck on with a gel medium and white glue mixture. Over top, I added some pretty handmade papers as well as patterned scrapbooking paper.

Step 2 My next step was to take some Golden acrylic paints and dab on over top with a paper towel. I used a bit of Acrylic Glazing Liquid in my mix because I wanted transparency. I much prefer artist grade acrylics over the craft brands for the texture, the colors and the feel. I find craft paints too matte. I like shiny!

Last step - cutting out flower shapes from patterned paper. Again, these were stuck on with my gel medium and white glue mixture.

I can't wait to get started on painting Ayala's canvas.




Monday, September 21, 2015

Art and more art, and a few more arts

I've been busy, arting away on various projects such as Decos, postcards, ATCs and my own canvas art. Plus work. It's a lot of art making!

At left is a postcard for my friend, Ann. She's a Flannery O'Connor fan so I made her an author postcard for a trade we had on illustratedatcs.com. This one is colored pencil on a thick kraft type cardstock. I used inks over top of the pencil.

Below is a big set of Favorite Artist trading cards for a big swap on illustratedatcs.com. Everyone who participates picks a favorite artist and collects cards in the style of or a copy of a master by fellow artists on the trading site. It's one of my favorite swaps since you get to create in a very different style from your own and you get introduced to artists you might not be familiar with. I usually go for the German and Austrian expressionists and have a wonderful collection of mini Beckmann, Klimt and Shiele. Lucky me!
 

At right is a fun watercolor set of still life mini paintings for yet another swap on illustratedatcs.com. I spend a lot of time there, clearly.

Sadly, I didn't have tons of time for 29 Faces this September but I probably have drawn about 20 faces anyway, lol! I should have posted about it. Ah well. There is always February.



Friday, August 14, 2015

ATCs & Figures for August

I went to life drawing for the first time in many months yesterday and it was rough! I felt out of figure drawing practice for the first couple of poses but then I found my groove and things became more comfortable. Sort of like riding a bike I suppose.





I haven't done much art at all this week. I've been busy with work and most of my spare time has gone into playing Dragon Age Inquisition (again). I have such an addiction to games sometimes. But here are a few ATCs made recently. Beetlejuice is watercolor and ink and the Star Trek TOS cards are in marker and ink for a swap on IllustratedATCs.com.

Hope everyone has a great weekend! It's raining here but soon to clear, just in time for the weekend. Happy PPF.

Oh hey! Just saw my painting from last week up on PPF. How cool! :)