I'm using only graphite for this piece, which I may or may not enter in a competition later on, but I haven't decided if I will use some ink in it or not. Once I'm further along I'll make that decision. It's really early on in the process, but I wanted to post it for you guys to comment.
This is something I was working on for a package design that wraps around a box. The first image is the very beginning of the final clean draft that was done on tracing paper (later to be scanned and edited).
All of the work is done in ink, and on tracing paper (which was placed over my initial rough sketches).
Here's a little side project in its early stages. Eventually I WILL finish it (ha, as if). This is in charcoal, and I've barely started, as you can see, but I felt bad, seeing as I haven't posted in a while and thought I should put something up. I've just been outrageously busy as of late, but hopefully I'll have some spare time to post some art this week:)
I went ermmm....thrifting. Yes, I confess to being bizarrely in love with finding awesome things hidden within piles of junk. I will be posting some sketches and illustrations really soon, but in the meantime I wanted to show you guys some of what I found. First, for one dollar, I got a massive bag of used paintbrushes. Now, this might seem silly, because because they are used, but seeing as how I have a tendency to scrub the canvas with my brushes I thought that these would come in handy. Second, look at these weird little folk-art piggies! They are precious, and I don't know what to do with them yet.
Finally, I have finished it. I didn't think it would take this long (and it wasn't supposed to) but I was busy with other projects and...well...gah, that's just how it is ;) I'm very pleased with how this painting came out, but there are still a few things I might work on a bit later.
First off, I want to point out that I believe time is conspiring against me. Since starting this blog my life has become infinitely more busy, which, don't get me wrong, is a good thing because when I have very little to do I rarely have the urge to get anything done, but where have all the national holidays gone...(we could use a few more, thanx)
Anyway, this illustration is in ink and charcoal, and according to someone I know (you know who you are) could be my ticket to the high-life via bike week t-shirt sales. It's not that I planned it out that way, and I typically avoid skulls like the plague, but recently started taking notice of a very popular gallery artist who makes his entire living off of skull paintings. As if trying to find my own artistic calling, so to speak, wasn't difficult enough, I might change direction and start intentionally throwing massive globs of cliché at the canvas.
Now, for people who might take offense because they love skulls and studs and rhinestones...don't be silly, for I too love all of these things (minus the rhinestones). I just find the idea of painting one thing a million times in different color schemes a bit redundant (a bit?...I mean VERY). Would you choose to bake the same cake over and over again just with different types of sprinkles? At some point the practice gained wouldn't matter, and all growth as a baker would come to a screeching halt. Well, anyway, you get my point...hehehe
So here's the illustration, which I do actually like. The first few images are after I finished the basic outline, then they progress to the finished piece. I suppose it's a skull in some type of space-age helmet. I want to avoid going too deep here with the meaning, though it does have one. Someone care to interpret it in their own way? Comment below:))
Me thinks I've been entertaining myself too much with doodles, just playing here and there with colors that really don't go together. This illustration with pen and ink is...well...I guess you'll just have to see for yourself. Not sure if there are that many words to describe it. Like I said, it's possible that I've completely lost it or maybe need to go blow some bubbles or something. On a side note...I do like blowing bubbles out of hotel windows just to make the people below look up in wonder :))) Warning: do not try that at home; people will think you are crazy.
First off, thanks to all the peeps that have started following me on Twitter...and to the ones that unfollow, you'll be OK (for now, until I find out where you live). I've added a counter on the side, that I, so lucky for me and my absolutely free schedule >_> , get to manually update at TwitterCounter. I figure it's just another gadget to bedazzle my utterly barren little blog, but ya know, it's like a new toy to fool with;)
Now, on to the grand finale...the new painting. This little illustration is part 2 of my horned owl series, and it's obviously a barn owl (what? you don't have a degree in ornithology?)...I adore their big heart-shaped faces and dark eyes. I'm really enjoying mixing the watercolor and acrylic paints to give me just the right consistency. I feel like I have a whole lot more flexibility with it, and hope to be moving on to some bigger pieces soon. I also have some larger watercolor paper and more illustration markers on the way (hooray) so get ready for a butt-load of more art:)
Before I start....ehem...Everyone should take notice of the beautiful and fantabulous Facebook like box I have added (and all by myself, too!) to the blog.
This little painting / illustration is part 1 of a series of 4. All of the paintings will be owls with horns (I need a pair of horns for myself, obviously) yet have a more natural appearance about them. This one is pretty small...about 4.5" x 6" (hope that's accurate). Yesterday was supposed to be the official finish-it-up-and-show-the-world day for this illustration, so this morning I determined that is was the pure lack of a schedule to blame, or maybe laziness and Sunday blues were the raisons d'être for not uploading. Oh well...I suppose it's better late than never.
Anyway, here it is, the horned owl painting number 1. I started with a rough sketch, then painted in the watercolor (no acrylic this time) and later inked in all of the details. For some reason it's lookin' like a large piece of art...maybe I should have put a Swiss army knife next to it??