Baby Truth

Having a baby has not stopped me from painting. However, it has stopped me from updating my blog. I have a pile of paintings to post. Expect them soon.

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For the record, I love being a mom.

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Film Noir

Today’s Dr. Sketchy’s Asbury Park was Film Noir themed. Here are some of my watercolor sketches from the event.

Three ten minute poses:

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Five Minute Poses:

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And some two minute warm ups:

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Dr. Sketchy’s Asbury Park

Here are some of my more successful sketches from Asbury Park’s Dr. Sketchy’s session. The gorgeous models were Tricia Pain and Krissi Horan. The theme was Soviet Takeover. Beautiful costumes, and lots of red!

Twenty minute pose with Tricia and Krissi:

Ten minute Krissi pose:

Five minute Tricia poses:

 

Five minute Krissi poses:

 

 

Two minute Tricia pose:

How to Paint Batman

Just finished a  painting of Batman and Joker. I’d like to take this opportunity to show you a little bit of my process. Please forgive the awkward cropping on the following images. The painting is too big for my scanner.

Step one is a messy graphite drawing. It is quick. The point of this drawing is to decide on composition and overall mood of the piece. It also establishes a light source. Values are distribution of lights and darks. The values in the drawing are what will be employed in the final piece.

Step two is to redraw the initial sketch, but with ink. This results in a very clean, but somewhat boring, under drawing. Some people use a light board to trace the proper lines from the initial drawing. Some people ink on top of the graphite and then erase the messy pencil marks. I usually redraw the entire image. Anything you can draw once, you can draw again even better. Notice that Joker is holding a rubber chicken instead of a knife in the refined drawing.

Next is an initial light wash of color. I paint directly over my line drawing. This results in a lazy looking, lightly colored illustration. This step in essential to finishing with interesting highlights.

The next step is what I often feel is the awkward teenage phase. The colors are almost where I want them to be, but the illustration is still sloppy. The piece looks like it could be  finished but something is wrong. The main purpose of this stage is to establish proper mid tone colors, and ensure my final shadows have depth.

The last step is to clean up my lines with ink and pump up the dark shadows with paint. Visual interest is added with line weight and watercolor spatters. Any fine details, like the face of Joker’s card, are drawn in. Here is the final image:

Order from Chaos. Watercolor and ink on paper. 12″ x 9″.

SOLD

Prints available.

The True Meaning of the Holidays

Is toys!

No, just kidding. But really, Christmas is much better when children are around. Here’s a painting of a toy train. Go buy some kid a toy. No socks.

Public Tranceportation. Watercolor and ink on cotton paper. 6″ x 5.5″ (15.2cm x 14cm).

Unframed: $200.00

 

 

Christmas Creeper

This little Minecraft creeper was painted as a Secret Santa gift. Ssssssss, don’t tell anyone.

Whatcha Buildin’? Watercolor and ink on illustration board. 2.5″x3.5″ (6.4cmx8.9cm).

NFS

Skinny People

I struggle with drawing people who are clinically underweight. It seems no matter who I draw, they end up smaller than in real life. If said person starts small, they end up absurdly tiny. This is something I need to work on. All people are beautiful, and I should be able to portray them accurately.

The Camera Adds Ten Pounds. Watercolor and ink on cotton paper. 6″ x 5.5″ (15.2cm x 14cm).

Unframed: $225.00

Starlight Ballroom

Last night, I showed at the annual Reflections fashion event at the Starlight Ballroom in Philadelphia. Watching masses of people look at my work is a nerve wrackingly voyeuristic experience. Especially when the music is too loud to eavesdrop.  To ease my mind, I painted.

Of In. Watercolor and ink on cotton paper. 6″ x 5.5″ (15.2cm x 14cm).

Unframed: $175.00

Many skilled, visual artists were showing with me. Please take moment to check out the work of Cherry Buttons, Mizz Mechanique, and Linda Guenste.

The main focus of the evening was fashion. The air was thick with beauty, music, sex, and clove cigarettes.

Not So Human Beings. Ink on paper. 6″ x 5.5″ (15.2cm x 14cm).

Unframed: $100.00


The Heart of New York

Union Square stole my heart. Something about this corner of New York is different. The materialism fades, the cliques meld, and eye contact with strangers is made. If I lived near NYC I would paint this park all the time. This was painted on site, looking down Broadway from the steps of Union Square.

When Honest. Watercolor and ink on cotton paper. 6″ x 5.5″ (15.2cm x 14cm).

Unframed: $225.00

The heart of New York is obvious. It’s the people. During my visit I drew residents and tourists alike. Even as an outsider, it was easy to make out who was who. I drew them in parks, in museums, at protests, and on trains. It was my goal to draw fast enough to not get caught. Here are a couple pages of my discreet sketches.

The Clockwork Queen

Just because I’ve never seen a machine elf, doesn’t mean I don’t believe.

Clockwork Queen. Watercolor and ink on paper. 7″ x 5.5″.

Unframed: $150.00

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