Friday, July 26, 2013

Extra Progress Shots! (Because I forgot I had them!)

I typically send my husband progress shots and ask for his input when he's away at work, and I completely forgot about including those in the last blog post. Not quality photos, but they show a little more of the step-by-step than the scans I posted, so here they are:

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Mixed Media - Here's to Trying New Things.

This started out in pieces as random sketches in a notebook. I decided to patch them together in one composition, which I then transferred onto good paper by way of my ghetto lightbox. (My acrylic palette balanced upon a lamp which was sitting on the floor).

Unfortunately, I had a mishap with the first attempt that I will be blaming entirely on the miskit, and not  my impetuousness. After a few days, I decided to give the project another go. I transferred the drawing again in pencil, and then redrew my final lines in ink.

After cleaning up the remaining pencil marks, I went in with a small, round brush and laid in thin washes of Speedball, Super Black India Ink (waterproof). Typically, I'm a graphite girl. I like to get my values from pencil shading before spraying with a fixative and then adding in color, but I thought I'd try something new.

The last step was to add washes of watercolor over the values I had created with the ink. I think the next time I try this, I'm going to use a different paper. The softness of this brand didn't hold up very well to all of the harassment. I touched up a few highlight areas with white acrylic paint in the end.

The piece is roughly 6 1/8" x 8 1/4" with a paper/white border of about an inch all of the way around.

I look forward to playing around with this process more when I have time around commission work, and I'll do my best to post about it along the way.


Saturday, July 13, 2013

Commission Painting of Koi - Acrylic on Canvas.

The client was looking for a specific style for this painting in order to match a piece of decor he had already purchased for his new home.

(Please excuse the poor quality progress photos. I typically save breaking out the real camera for the finished shot.)

Initial pencil sketch.

Color sketch using markers and pens.

The line work drawn onto the canvas.

The finished painting.
Acrylic on gallery wrap canvas. 
24" x 36"