Playing Catch Up

I’ve been in the wonderful habit of painting more than posting. Here’s a watercolor from a few weeks ago. My reference can be found in this /r/redditgetsdrawn thread.

seahorse

 

 

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Keeping Up with the Basics

It’s important to practice figure drawing once in a while, just to stay fresh. Since models aren’t always easy to find or afford, sites like this are fantastic to help artists keep in practice. I spent a couple hours creating gesture drawings today. Since the point was to study anatomy, not make a pretty picture, many of the drawings aren’t worth sharing. Here are a few that came out all right.

Eleven and a half minute study:

gesture11

Thirty minute study:

gesture30

Two minute study:

gesture2min

Fluttershy Watercolor

Fluttershy is not the first pony I’ve painted. She won’t be the last. Prints of this lovely pegasus can be found in my Etsy shop.

Summer in Asbury Park

Went to another Asbury Park session of Dr. Sketchy’s. Their branch is the most active I’ve encountered, averaging two events a month. Being by the Jersey shore on Memorial Day weekend feels good, overall it was an awesome day. Our skilled models were Luna Chase, Sabrina Combs, and Ryan Giampietro. The theme was Frank Frazetta.

As always, click to enlarge the images.

Five minute pose of Luna (this is my favorite of the day):

Ten minute pose of Ryan and Sabrina:

Twenty minute poses of everyone:

Bonus 2 minute pose of Luna:

Beauties of Asbury Lanes

A few weeks late, but better than never. Here are the paintings I created at the most recent Dr. Sketchy Asbury Park session. The theme was vampires. The models were Tricia Pain, Krissi, and the sultry Sammi Macabe.

Tricia and Krissi in their long (20 minute) pose:

 

Sammi in a peaceful ten minute pose:

 

Krissi playing the damsel in this lovely five minute pose:

 

Tricia Pain’s two minute poses were some of the sexiest of the evening:

Beautiful Strangers

As my loyal blog follower, you have surely noticed my works’ subject matter has shifted from places to people. This shift has not been easy. I strongly dislike working from photographs, but cannot afford to hire private models. So many of my people paintings have been painted secretly, on trains, at open mics, and in crowded bowling allies.

If I perceive the stranger depicted isn’t paying attention to me (the weirdo with her paints out in public), I will create one of these quick portraits.  I do not know these women. They do not know me.

Despite not know these anonymous women, I think the portraits capture a lot of personality. The colors chosen show if the stranger is warmly approachable or distantly cold. Their expressions give a glimpse into their inner characters.

I hope to keep painting portraits. My goal is to soon hire a beautiful stranger to model so I may flesh out one of these wet sketch into a completed piece.

Seven Devils

The Atlantic City Ballet‘s newest show opens next Friday. Caught Up in Swing/7 Sins is breathtaking. I do not have the vocabulary to properly describe the skill of these dancers and the caliber of their choreography. The show features contemporary music like Florence and The Machine and Nine Inch Nails. Everyone in southern New Jersey and Philadelphia should be buying a ticket.

Watercolors from their rehearsals:

Ballet Rehearsal

This morning I had the privilege of painting the Atlantic City Ballet as they rehearsed. The company’s beauty absolutely stunned me. Their skill, dedication, elegance, and joy truly moved me. It is my deep hope to work with them again.

As this was a rehearsal, I worked as they danced. These sketches are fast, wet, and unrefined.

 

Click to enlarge images.

Dr. Sketchy’s at Blick Art Supplies

Here are some of my watercolors from last night’s Dr. Sketchy’s session at Blick in Philadelphia. The theme was cheesecake pin ups. Our stunning models were Samantha SamSam and Victoria. I adore painting women with red hair.

Fifteen minute pose of Victoria:

Fifteen minute pose of Samantha:

 

Two five minute poses of Victoria:

 

Two two minute poses of Samantha:

Level Up Entertainment

Painted this depiction of Rydia from Final Fantasy IV as a commission. She is highly influenced by Amano’s original character design. Prints are available in my Etsy shop.

Also, prints of many of my gaming themed paintings (including Rydia of Myst) are now available at Level Up Entertainment in the Hamilton Mall.

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