Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Strange Doodle

Sometimes late in the evening I will just start doing some random doodling in the studio.
Recently, I have gone back to pulling images and characters from those old Lang fairy books and stories from the Brothers Grimm. Some are so twisted and strange. This is a doodle I did a couple nights ago. Done fairly quickly with pencil, watercolor and ink. There's a story in there somewhere!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Beautiful Woman / Ugly Old Lady

This is my take on the classic optical image "Beautiful Woman / Ugly Old Lady." 
I always loved the image so I decided to give it a go.
Prints available. Please click on image to enlarge.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Live & Learn

Well, it's not the first time and I'm sure it won't be the last but someday I'll learn.

I will be working on a large scale project in which I will be working on a roll of paper in a scroll type
of way...unrolling and painting, then rolling up the parts I have already painted. When finished the entire piece will be rolled out and revealed showing various segments.

I initially planned on working on a 140 lb. multi-media paper but it proved too stiff and large.
Yesterday I received a roll of 100 lb. drawing paper  36" H x 10 yards long which is well suited for how I intend to pencil, ink with acrylic highlights.
I was excited to give the paper a try and in my haste cut it off at an odd angle. The surface is great
and I was very happy with the feel and response of it.
However, being that I cut it off the way I did and just went for it without sketching anything out properly,  it lays a bit funny on the paper.

So, I went into photoshop after scanning the original and softened the edges and put a little frame around it. But, it's always good to think in terms of the art being matted and framed. In other words, try to leave plenty of white space around the entire image! Unless mounted as a floating piece, parts of this piece will be covered when matted. Like I and learn.

Shown here is the scanned original art and the version I cleaned up in photoshop.

Friday, October 31, 2014

More Sketchbook Fun!

I went on a sketching tear the last couple of nights. Shown here are a few of my favorites.
Just loose and fun, done with a 4b pencil, ink and watercolor. I did highlight some areas of the conductor image in blue using photoshop. I thought this added some nice contrast to the black silhouette. I am using the Reflections black leather bound sketchbooks which I purchase through Jerry's Artarama, one of my favorite online art supply stores. The paper is not heavyweight but it's workable enough and is particularly well suited for pencil sketching. All measure approx. 8 x 11 .  Please click on image to enlarge.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Sketchbook Fun / Prepping for Projects

I will be moving into a new studio by the first of the month and have a few projects lined up already.
One will be creating a series of vignettes which will be around 36 inches H x varying widths.
These will be done in black ink, pencil and washes. I plan to keep the palette limited...perhaps blue and red.
I played around with some different pencils and think I have finally settled on water soluble graphite pencils, 4b to be precise as well as regular 4b and 5b drawing pencils.
This first piece is a loose sketch I did using all these materials. Also shown here are some pieces I did this past week. Please click on image to enlarge.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Printed Piece / WILMA Magazine

It's always a nice surprise to see how my illustration will look once it's on the printed page.
This is a piece I did for WILMA magazine's October issue. Thanks again to co-editor / art director
Nina Bays Cournoyer who is always a pleasure to work with . Please click on image to enlarge.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Corn Hole

Corn Hole or Bean Bag to some people, is everywhere it seems. From tailgating parties to BBQs to concert events... you cannot escape it.  Please click on image to enlarge.