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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A Naked Selfie

Not of me. 

nakedselfie

Stained Glass Style

I’ve been playing with bold lines lately. I don’t consider either of these paintings complete, but I enjoy the direction they are taking me.

knight

dressup

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.

80done

 

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:

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Finished work again:

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Full of Spirit

The following watercolor piece was commissioned by an old friend. It is of her and her fiance. She is framing the watercolor with their vows and giving it to him their wedding day. I am honored to have been chosen to create such an important painting.

SOLD

A photo of the gorgeous couple.

If you are interested in having a custom watercolor engagement painting, contact me at jashmen@gmail.com or through my Etsy shop. A 5 inch by 7 inch piece, like the one above, is $200.00. A 9 inch by 12 inch piece is $300.00. All I need is three weeks and a photo or two to work with. I do ship internationally.

Here are a couple of in progress shots to give you a glimpse of my process.

Early stages (approximately 3 hours in):

Almost done (approximately 3 hours to go):

Lady Luck

Atlantic City and I have a love hate relationship, but warm weather is coming so we may be setting aside our differences.

 

Visit Sunny Atlantic City. Watercolor and ink on paper. 5″ x 5″.

Unframed: $250

 

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.

Censorship Ruins Everything

My freedom to express myself is precious. Today, I closed my Etsy shop and stayed off Twitter. I was a proud participant of the blackout to protest SOPA and PIPA. Other participants were Google, Reddit, Etsy, Pinterest, Imgur, WordPress, and Wikipedia. This is a big deal. The Internet is very important to my career. If these bills pass, I will no longer be able to show my work directly to my audience. If you’ve been following my blog for the past few years, you know I feel the Internet is the creative person’s best friend. Please take a moment to sign this petition. If you have a couple minutes, call your Senators. Our freedom of speech is at stake.

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.

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