Friday, July 01, 2016

Diamond WIP: Part One

Started my second coloured pencil piece of the year. Just like my latest, Humble Jewel IV, I'm using the Mi-Teintes artboard, this time one in an Eggshell colour. I wanted a dark, stroke-less background for the pale bird, so I decided to use a Storm Graphtint pencil to lay in a dark base layer.

The pencil was almost-new when I started.

Once I had the base-layered coloured-in as dark as I wanted it, I started to wet the pencil layer using various-sized brushes. Then, before it could dry completely, I sprayed it with water in a few places and either dabbed it dry, or used an almost-dry flat to take the pale areas off. I'm pretty pleased with it so far!

Monday, June 13, 2016

Sketchbook Dump

Did some live gestures in my sketchbook every day last week (the last page is not posted because it sucked).

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Exhibition Update

Working on something right now that is going to stay under wraps until it's finished, so in lieu of WIP updates, here's some pics of places my artwork is currently hanging. April was a busy, busy month!

My painting, Chipper Chirper, won first place in the Adult Fine Art Catagory at the Niagara Falls Art Show on April 3rd. After the show, the winners were all taken and put up in City Hall, where they will remain until the end of May 2016.

Niagara Falls City Hall: 4310 Queen St, Niagara Falls, ON L2E 6X5, 2nd floor.

A little later, my artwork went up in the Cat Adoption Centre of the Niagara Falls Humane Society as part of the Art for Animals Niagara charity group. These particular pieces should be up for a few months:

Niagara Square: 7555 Montrose Rd, Niagara Falls, ON L2H 2E9

And at the end of the month, Art for Animals Niagara also put up artwork in the Welland Civic Center, near the library entrance. That artwork will be up until the end of June. A portion of proceeds from all Art for Animals Niagara Sales from either location goes to charity!

Welland Civic Centre: 60 E Main St, Welland, ON L3B 3X4

Lots of opportunity to go see my artwork in person if you're in the area!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Lola WIP: Part One

A friend has recently adopted a hairless sphinx cat, and I'm a little obsessed with her.

Basic block-in:

Some refinement:

Adjusting the colors more:

Friday, April 15, 2016

Humble Jewel 4 - Finished Piece

Have I mentioned that I hate my scanner? Because I hate my scanner.

Anyway, she's all done. I'm ridiculously happy with it; it's even more beautiful irl.

Friday, April 08, 2016

Humble Jewel 4 WIP: Part Four

The downy feathers took just FOREVER:

A smattering of background. The piece is mantled at this point; I need to decide exactly how much more I want to add. A value change is in order, but executing it is going to be nerve-wracking.

Saturday, April 02, 2016

Humble Jewel 4 WIP: Part Three

Still puttering away. Had twenty minutes to work on it but brain was melted, so I started the primaries a little bit:

Probably about two hours work to finish the primaries, secondaries, and those decorative back feathers:

For the shadow underneath the bird, I colored in a dense dark area with a few different pencils and then brushed it smooth with paint thinner (it dissolves the wax). The smooth, flat, dark layer can then be built up if I need to.