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

Real Life Fairies

Fairy tales have always held a special place in my heart. This week’s Dr. Sketchy’s pixie themed event was truly inspiring. Below are some of my more successful works from the night.

A few five minute poses:

fairyluna

fairymood

fairyduo

A ten minute pose:

fairymagic

Twenty minute pose of fall and winter fairies:

fairyseason

To whom it may concern, I’ve started a Tumblr.

Custom Couple Watercolor Painting

This is my second watercolor couples portrait. I really enjoy painting two people that are in love. It is my hope that more of these types of commissions roll in. The first was a wedding present, this will be a Christmas gift. Chemistry between lovers is not easy to capture, but when the paint finally catches it, the whole piece shines.

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Love in Yellow and Blue. Watercolor and ink on paper. 5″ x 7″.

SOLD

Here a few process shots. I know some people enjoy seeing the work in progress.

Inking phase:

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First color wash:

 

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Establishing mid tones:

80work

 

Finished work again:

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This is Halloween

Dr. Sketchy’s Asbury Park hosted a Tim Burton themed event today. The amazing models were Luna Chase, Allison Goldfire, Sammi Macabre Macabe, and Lily Stitches.

Two Twenty Minute Poses:

 

 

 

Two Ten Minute Poses:

 

 

 

Five Minute Pose:

 

 

Bunch of Two Minute Poses:

 

Thought You Should Know

Due May 20th.

Inevitably, someone will get mad that they found out through Facebook. I’ll be glad to point out that had they followed my blog or Twitter, they would have known weeks ahead of the Facebook announcement.

Super Heroines

Last night was another awesome Dr. Sketchy’s Asbury Park event. The theme was Marvel and DC comics.

The White Witch

 

Wonder Woman wondering.

 

 

Wonder Woman being glorious.

 

 

Batman and Clark Kent

 

 

Bruce Wayne

 

 

Psylocke and the White Witch

 

A Few Things to Mention

I’ve started a tumblr. If you’ve seen all my blog posts, my tumblr will not offer you anything new. Mainly, I am posting paintings that I feel are worth revisiting. In blog format, a lot of my work gets buried. I understand my tumblr will eventually face the same problem. But for now, consider it a highlight reel for pieces that I am particularly fond of.

Also, I still participate in The Etsy Gamer’s Game of the Month. Prints and originals of my Game of the Month entries are available in my Etsy shop. Below are my entries for Little Big Planet and Minecraft.

Oh, The Horror!

Yesterday’s Dr. Sketchy‘s theme was classic horror. Here are some of my watercolor paintings from the session.

Dr. Frankenstein and her creation.

A colorful duo of succubi.

Vampire Queen.

Shhhhh, don’t wake the dead.

Too late.

 

Necromancer Steffie.

Lori channeling her inner Katrina Van Tassel.

A mummy.

Vampire.

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.

Bittersweet

August is a bittersweet month for me. My love of summer is comparable only to the affection the average 7 year old has for Christmas. As I try to cling to the last days of plein air painting and sun kissed skin, it seems the rest of the world has moved on to autumn. My Pinterest feed is filling with fall fashion tips while Twitter babbles about back to school. Facebook friends long for a release from “this heat.” August is the last full month of summer, and I tend to spend it longing for June.

The following painting is of The Pink Mermaid, an antique shop on Asbury Avenue in Ocean City. Unfortunately, I know it is one of the last plein air works I’ll have time to create before the season changes.

Wet and Wild. Watercolor and ink on paper. 5″ x 7″.

Unframed: $250.00

Click to enlarge image.

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