© 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.
Saturday I did a lot of gesture sketches and tried capturing Michael as he worked in our yard.
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.
Day 17 – Finished
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…
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.
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.