WIP

Portrait Study

At last, I'm coming to the end of my portfolio building, and I'm looking to do a portrait of my daughter. Since I haven't made anything in the 'messy' mediums (since a 2B pencil hardly counts), I thought this might be the time to bring out the chalk pastels. I used to work with them often, but I've been a much more tidy artist in the last decade.

In fact, it's funny to reflect on my former preference for getting my hands dirty, and the evolution to my currently anal retentive self. I must become more practical as I age. Now I think about storage, framing, cat footprints, not to mention messing up my desk and risking smudges on other/future projects. Pastels and charcoal simply don't fall into those concerns nicely, so I avoid them.

This study was fun, nonetheless, and quite quick. I'm thinking of making a larger finished piece, but may make a change to washes instead. If I do, it would likely be out of cowardice, so I'm trying to talk myself into sticking with the pastels.

Brooklyn Art Library

This is the first year I'd heard about the Sketchbook Project. I got very excited about it and ordered my book right pronto. Unfortunately, I had a number of other projects on the go, and it took me awhile to get started. Here are the first several pages.

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.

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!

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.

Floral Still Life

This floral drawing has taken me some time, as I've chosen to work from live flowers, rather than photos. It's nearly done, just waiting for a few small tweaks. I've never worked on black paper before, and found it quite interesting. It hurt my brain to have to think about shadows in reverse.

Experimenting

I'm getting geared up to start using my sketchbook of coffee shop drawings, so I've been experimenting with how to draw and colour the end product. Consistent lines with a Micron pen? Thicker, varying lines with a dip pen? Coloured in pencil crayon, marker or watercolour? Maybe all three?

Black Paper

My flower still life side-project has finally moved onto the good paper. I’ve never worked on black before, but I’m really loving it, even it I feel like I’m channeling Zachary Logan a bit much, and even if it twists my brain, somewhat. It’s fun to watch this progress as I started with a small cluster and am now adding one flower at a time, depending on what I have in the house. I splurged on a big bouquet today that I’m really excited to get working on.

Creature Feature

Some WIP shots of my newest monster drawing. Since the last shot I've had to make a guide to fix the wonky shape of my 'circle' - that was a bit of a process...

Tiny City

I drew this little city in a 4"x6" accordion sketchbook with ten panels - there are plans to colour it in the future, but I also love it just as it is. Can you spot Santa? Have a peek at my Tumblr for bigger images.