Hey, everyone. I know it has been a while. Here is the latest project I did for a client.
The idea was to commemorate a difficult time a couple had gone through where they came out on the other side. So we took the husband's love of Westsail 32 sailboats and a bit of symbolism and came up with this! I have to admit, this was a difficult project, but I got through it with the help of my friend and mentor, Don Stephens (https://www.facebook.com/DonStephensArt/).
Step 1. After prep and priming of the canvas. The layout of the lines is next.
Step 2. We began painting in the clouds and sky.
Step 3. The base sea colors go down.
Step 4. We lay down more color on the waves to help the flow, and more work on the clouds.
Step 5 & 6. Additional cloud and sky work, and crests at the top of the waves.
Step 7. I lay out the base colors for the sailboat.
Step 8. More color and highlights on the boat.
Step 9. Final touches including lightning and signing.
Summertime is about over and I bet you have been wondering... "What is that guy doing?" Well, to be sure, I have not been sitting on my ass. This summer I started back on plein air painting. I didn't do as much as I had hoped, but I did have a great time with my mentor and best bud, Don Stephens.
Almost all of our time was spent was spent on the Delaware River or the Rancocas Creek. Here's a sample of what went on.
This was a cityscape done of the Philadelphia Center City skyline. This was done on a 5.5" x 8.5" mixed media paper with watercolor and Sharpie.
This is a study of the funnel of the "SS United States". The ship is docked on Columbus Blvd. in Philadelphia. This was done on a 5.5" x 8.5" mixed media paper with watercolor and Sharpie.
A week or two later, I was on the Delaware by the Riverton Yacht Club. It was a morning scene done in the shade from the banks of the river.
This was done on a 5.5" x 8.5" mixed media paper with watercolor and Sharpie.
"Beacon." This was done on 2" x 4" in "Perfect Sketch Book" with watercolor and Sharpie.
Back out on the Rancocas Creek, in a small tributary sits this old radio or buoy tower, you may remember me trying to do a sketch of this last fall and making a general mess of it.
This was done on a 7" x 10" in Arches watercolor paper with watercolor and Sharpie.
This piece was done on an overcast Sunday on the banks of the Delaware River from the Philadelphia side. This was done on a 5.5" x 8.5" mixed media paper with watercolor and Sharpie.
This was the last of the summer plein air work. Stay tuned for pumpkin sculpting and new illustrations this fall!
In the last two weeks, I have been doing some fun stuff! I was invited to show my work at the 2nd Annual Montgomery County Comic Con. I had a great time meeting new people and even did a panel. The panel was on ways to make money while being an artist. Here are a few pics!
Then this weekend, I did Free Comic Book Day at Amalgam Comics. I had lots of fun and met new friends!!
Last year I was introduced to the fine folks at http://www.alloutmonsterrevolt.com/. A few emails later, I was able to start work on the "Monster Roster" section of their publication, Issue 6, Vol 2. The idea was to flesh out the skeleton of a long dead sea creature from a "Red Sonya" picture. Here is the illustration from the "Red Sonya" picture.
I studied many vintage fishing illustrations to prepare for this. I don't think they helped all that much. Still, I had a good time making this monster. It is a mixed media illustration, mostly acrylic paint and ink pen.
Also, because all of you seem to be enjoying the first Marilyn Monroe series, here is number 3 of Series 1. Please note another series is on the way.
As we start the first week of February, I have a couple of new things going on. I started to play with a new style of painting. I started four experimental paintings of Marilyn Monroe and ended up with two. So...
I''ll be playing with more of this style soon!
Also this week I got spend the evening with my new buddy, Zena--the Real Queen Of Horror! Find her on her website! Watch her vlogs and listen to her podcasts!
It's the end of the month, and what did I get done this week? Well, outside of reading...I finished an 8 in. x 8 in. caricature portraiture of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Also, thanks to the generosity of its owner, I was able to get a better photo of a recently finished painting--you might recognize it. As always, prints are available.