RUH Landscape Completed

My experience painting live at the RUH Foundation's Masquerade Ball was very interesting - I was surprised to find that I mostly tuned out the guests behind me and went about my business. It was much like painting at home (but with nicer clothes).

This landscape still has some drying to do, but I hope the winner will be pleased.

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Surprise Landscape

I'd thought I was done with these landscape oils for now, but when I was asked to do a live painting at the RUH Royal Ball, how could I say 'no?' I took a look through photos I'd discarded the last go around, and chose this one for two reasons: the sky was lovely, and there are cows. Cows! The underpainting will be dry and ready to go for next Saturday. More photos to come, I'm sure.

Coffee Crowd Progress

Inking done, then a day of skin tones, a day of cleaning up pencil lines, and finally onto the colour.

Greenwater Lake

I took time while camping last weekend to draw around the campsite and at the lake. Anytime I draw anything at all botanical in nature, I find myself feeling like a Zachari Logan rip-off, but I enjoy it too much to stop.

Finally! Laying out.

I'm so excited to finally (finally!) be taking another step towards completing these two drawings. Starting just after New Year's, I began going to my local Starbucks once a week (with only a few missed dates), with the plan to compose a large drawing with the results. Really, I just wanted to brush up on my life drawing skills, and the hustle of a coffee line is a great place to do that.

As it turns out, I came to really love this project, and it became something I looked forward to every week. The result is that I have a lot more material to work with than I would have ever imagined, so now I get to do TWO drawings, instead of one.

The standing crowd is more or less set, unless I get some really great poses for the very back. The seated crowd is still pretty rough, with plans to include (lots of) coffee cups and bistro tables.

Have I mentioned I'm excited...? The next step after these are finalized is printing, then... I'll transfer them by hand. Can't wait!

Summer Sketchbook Adventures

Camping and hanging out at the park has been great practice this summer.

Beaver Creek Finished

I'm so pleased with this little narrative of a recent family adventure. It's quite different from anything I've done before, both in subject matter, and watercolour style.

Waffling

I've been working on these drawings from a trip to Beaver Creek on and off for the last month or so. Initially, I was just going to do some light washes of colour. Well. I left it like that for about a week before I came back to my desk and threw in some shadows. A week later, I started adding in little details. Today I went all out. Now I'm 'really done for real, this time,' but I've got a feeling I'll find something wrong with it tomorrow.

Portfolio Building

I was playing with ink washes the other day, considering doing a small landscape narrative for my portfolio, and these are the result.

Cityscaping

This poor drawing has become the project I work on between projects. But I made a big push today, and there are only two panels to go.

Working outside

I took this sketchbook to Canada Day with me and had a great time sketching the party-goers at Wascana Park in Regina.  

Sweet Crane Babies

I started these four panels quite suddenly, in a mad frenzy of activity, and finished all four in less than a week. It must be some kind of record for me.

Floral Finished

I picked up another bouquet and made a push to finish this floral still life for my portfolio. I've never done much with pencil crayons, certainly never on a heavier paper like this, and I've also never worked on black, so this was an interesting challenge for me. The end result is something I'm very happy with: I feel like the drawing has a lot of life to it, the flowers are identifiable even though I had fun with the colours, and I like the quirky balance of the layout. It'll make a great addition to my portfolio.