SCAD Bees

In 2005 I graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design. It’s not something I think about often, but what I learned from art school was priceless. Here’s a watercolor painting of a bee I made while remembering the ol’ alma mater. Go Bees!

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Roy G Fish

Only two more colors to go! My green betta fish.

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Unframed: $200.00

Prints available in my etsy shop. 

Year of the Snake

2013 is the Year of the Snake.

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Year of the Water Snake. Watercolor and ink on paper. 5″ x 5″.

Unframed: $200

Some Parrot

I painted a parrot.

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Some Parrot. Watercolor and ink on paper. 5″ x 5″.

Unframed: $150

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.

Bad Ideas

The opposite of inspiration.

 

This Sentence is a Lie

And so is the cake.

This Sentence is a Lie. Ink, watercolor, and paper. 2.5″x3.5″ (6.4cmx8.9cm).

Unframed: $20.00

Available in my Etsy shop.

Ghosts of Christmas

I painted the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future. Yes, that is me as Marley.

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.

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

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