Earlier in the year, I traveled to China for work. I did not get to see as much as I would have liked but what I did see was interesting and unique. Lots of bicycles and tricycles, like the sketch of this one I did in colored pencils.
This is a block-in of a Woden Cross in a pot in the court yard of a Mission outside of San Antonio Texas. I will finish the wall detail, add detail to the cross and and the flowers to the pot to finish this painting.
This is a sketch made after the style of Frank Franzetta. Frank was one of the best illustrators of all things fantasy and the comics of his day. This is a copy of one of this heroine's faces. I liked the style of it.
This is a sketch I have done in watercolor pencils. It is a catch and release of a nice big Trout. You color in your basic tones with the pencil and then use a watercolor brush to blend it in and then you can add more colors to make it better and add depth.
I have been cycling through various skill sets for improvement. I have been focusing on the monochromatic work with charcoal and graphite pencils. These are the skills needed to improve all skills in drawing and painting. These are pencil graphite studies of spheres with different overhead lighting and background darkness.
An odd experiment in perspective, I did this from an art book and I don't think it works or represents the concept. It was easy but not real productive. I might have missed something on this but I am done for tonight. Tomorrow will be better.
Not all work is as successful as one would like. This is an okay copy of a sketch but I was not completely happy with it. It is necessary to make many attempts and trys at a task before one has a big breakthrough and something which is closer to what one wants. Everything is progress even when it does not seem to be.
This is a colored pencil study of folds in clothing. This is a copy of a Degas study of a long dress or toga like clothing. So Happy Friday, I am still working towards mastery and ever little piece is a step towards it.
Happy Early Birthday to my Sister, Michelle. She has three Pugs and this is one, Pippa. I have been traveling and busy at the regular job, so few posts. I will work on fixing that i the coming days. This is a colored pencil and ink pen card.
I continued to work on the scratchboard. This is a picture and doesn't really get all the detail but it is too late tonight to get a better one. I added the sea waves and I have been working on the patrol boat. I I done with the moon and clouds.
I have been busy at work and this scratchboard is not a fast medium. Scratchboard is a piece of wood covered with white clay then covered with a layer of black paint. You can then scratch with different tools to remove the black ink and expose the white clay. It is slow and I have worked on this for a while. I have not been happy with the results so it has dragged while I think about it. This is for a commission and I will post the other part of this tomorrow. I need to finish the clouds on the right and finish the lower part which I have not shown you yet.
Since we have had a rainy cool day, I worked on a few things but this one is the best. I feel comfortable with this one now. I added small tweaks to the foliage and I worked on the Monarch's head and antlers. They are small changes but they made sense to me and I am mostly happy with this now and will consider it done.
I started this blog about four years ago after the death of my stepson, James. It was and a is a way to honor him and to remind me to seize each day and to do something with each one. I don't always post each day but I come pretty close. This is a scratchboard moon. Scratchboard is a white clay applied to a board and then covered with a black paint/layer. You scratch the surface and expose the white clay. This is part of a bigger project which I will be showing in the days to come. Some of my James art is below.
I blocked in this portrait study. This is not an original but it is a way to practice on painting faces and heads. This is the start and then I will go in and add the half tones and the rest of the facial structure.
Happy Friday, i worked on another black and white study, this time of the ear. It is okay, but hey that is the point, keep practicing and practicing until you get it right and can do it easily and with mastery.