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.
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.
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…
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.