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Secret Solstice Gifts: A Cowboy for Joan

© 2014 Mellanie Collins 4" x 6"  watercolor and markers

© 2014 Mellanie Collins
4″ x 6″
watercolor and markers

Here is the last gift for the Secret Solstice gift swap that I participated in last month.  This was the one I was most nervous about.  This cowboy painting was for my new art pal Joan.  At some point we had done an ATC trade and she had requested a cowboy drawing.  I made her a little pen drawing with a lot of hatching.  She liked it, so I thought I would surprise her with a larger cowboy painted in color.   The problem was I hadn’t worked in color for quite a while and I wasn’t sure if I could get my groove back by the mailing deadline.  But fortunately, I pulled it together and made some decent color choices. I sure would like to get more comfortable with the medium though.

Joan told me how much she liked the painting.  Boy, was I relieved.

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Every Day in May: Day 30 – Gardening Sketches

4"x6" graphite

4"x6" graphite

Saturday I did a lot of gesture sketches and tried capturing Michael as he worked in our yard.

4" x 6"

4" x 6" pen and ink

Here are the best of the sketches, at least they look human.  Michael was able to recognize himself, which was a good sign.  I love this kind of sketching where you focus on what you are seeing and not bothering about the result.

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Every Day in May: Days 16 & 17 – Completed WIP

Day 17 – Finished

EDIM - 17 - WIP (final)

5" x 7" india ink

For days 16 and 17 I worked more on this drawing that I adapted from this self-portrait by Dominic Perry.   I’ll call it finished.    Here is a mini-gallery so that you can see the progression of the picture.

First there is the rough pencil sketch, then the initial inking, erasing of the pencil marks, and a light wash to shape things.   The next day I applied washes to  build the tones, shape the face, and add shadows to the shirt.    On the final day I added more hair to the right side to round out the skull.  After that, I worked more on his shirt and face.

So that completes my WIP.   I love watching people’s work in stages so I tried it myself.  Hope you found it interesting.

Now on to Day 18!  I have a stack of artist trading cards to do…

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Every Day in May: Day 15 – Drawing for Myself – WIP 2

EDIM - 15 - WIP 2

5" x 7" india ink and wash

Here’s the second day of work with this drawing I started yesterday.  I’m using india ink instead of just using the gray markers I’ve been using.   I inked the sketch with a brush instead of a pen.  Now I wish I had used a dip pen.  But there will be other opportunities.  It’s coming together.  I’ll work on it more tomorrow.

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Every Day in May: Day 14 – Drawing for Myself – WIP

EDIM - 14a - WIP

Yesterday I got out my neglected watercolor moleskine book and set out to do a project just for myself.  Back in February I was looking through photos on Flickr and came across this self-portrait by Dominic Perry .  He gave me permission to use the photo as a reference.   I told him that I was primarily interested in the hair and eyes and that I would most likely change the pose.

I finally got around to working on the drawing yesterday.  I’m not sure if I want to do this as a painting, or just an ink and wash drawing.   I’m pleased with this initial rough sketch.   In the photograph the subject has, in my opinion, a rather defiant and cocky expression.   As I sketched  and kind of searched about for what I would do, I decided to try to make my character a bit world-weary and defeated.  Michael says he looks like someone who’s been waiting at the airport too long.  I suppose that I could call it  Stand-by.

I’ll see how this goes.   I’ll post my progress.  I just hope it doesn’t end up a disaster.

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