This is a commission I just finished, for my daughter. This is her cat Oliver. I used 8 x 10 Canson Paper with soft pastel sticks. I also used a lot of pastel pencils.
Once I got all the base colours in I used the pencils for details and hair.
The funniest part was every time I sat to paint Oliver would lay right next to me on the shelf unit watching me. I think he wanted to make sure I captured his likeness properly.
It’s been a long cold snowy winter here in the northeast. But yesterday and today the sun shone brightly and the temps were above 40.
I do quite well when the sun shines. After months of being sick acute asthmatic bronchitis. I was feeling very energetic and decidedly creative. I decided to take on a much larger painting.
The living room.
Of course the fact they drilled holes in every wall and did a so so job spackling also pushed me to paint. I just couldn’t stand the white uneven blotches every where.
I started around 9am I moved all the furniture from one wall at a time. Using sand paper I started on each wall wiped them down, and swept the floor, there went my breathing again. With trusty angled brush in hand I gave the walls a quick brush for dust then painted all the edges, then I rolled the walls with touch ups here and there.
Figured while I was at it I would spring clean and move all the furniture. I finished the entire room by around 7:30 pm. Where I collapsed on the chair cuppa tea in hand. The colour is bright and cheery, well I think it is and it’s a lovely backdrop to the pastel I did (my version of a Mary Cassatt). Could be a touch too much for some. But I am finding it calming and I feel inspired to paint on a canvas now.
It’s now 2 days later, I don’t think there is a muscle in my body that isn’t screaming – what were you thinking spring clean, move furniture, sand and paint all in one day………
I have been trying to hone some of my digital skills. I have never really done a portrait digitally. So I have this photo I grabbed online of David Bowie as the Goblin King from The Labyrinth movie and thought I would use it as my inspiration. Love that movie…dont you.
I am using an old version of PS CS2 and an Intuos graphics tablet. All done on my old laptop which is really feeling it’s age when I work. Like me it’s having memory and processing issues, I feel it’s pain. I started to lay down some base colours and lines, using very faint colours. I had about 20 layers and as I get to a point where it looks okay, say on the eyes I will flatten some of it down so there are not too many layers.
As I move forward I just keep adding colour and shadow, highlights. Trying to get all of the facial features. I am at a good point, it looks like Bowie. This weekend I will be adding some of the finer details. I was thinking it might make a good print or if I come up with a tag line/text a card.
What do you think. Any feed back is welcome.
Well didn’t get much done this week. Had to have a ‘procedure’ so couple days no food etc. too tired but back to it next week.
But this sketch I did of my teen T I had already finished. I think I captured her pretty well. This was her first dance and she was all dressed up. In this shot she’s looking up while playing with her new hoop earrings.
I love drawing family, you know there little quirks so trying to capture those are a bit tricky, its funny because you can see them in the drawing, but not everyone captures it. Those that know you well see it.