Monday, March 31, 2008
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Quick sketches can be a great way to practice drawing faces, as it forces you to capture a person's essence with just a few quick lines and shapes. I recently found some old sketches (from over 12 years ago) that I did while in college. Most of them are from life, done while I was working at the college music library, when I probably should have been organizing CDs, doing homework, or studying! The first one is of a girl doing some music listening homework. Most of the others are of people in the library, or of people in magazines I was flipping through.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
I've finished my portrait of a little girl, shown here. The final changes I made were to smooth out the skin tones, lighten the color of the arms and hands to match the face, and to soften some of the shadows on her face. A larger image of the final portrait is available for viewing in my Portraits Collection.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
I've been kind of lax with my blog entries this week because I've been busy experimenting with another type of surface: Wallis sanded pastel paper. This heavy museum-grade paper has a surface sort of like Pastelbord, but is more similar to Bristol board in weight. The image here is a close-up of my work in progress on this surface, and though I am happy with how it is coming along, it hasn't been all smooth sailing! Here's what I like/dislike about working on Wallis so far:
- Toothy surface accepts layers of watersoluble pastel crayons, colored pencils, and solvent
- Rough texture makes working quickly easier than on smooth paper or bristol (I work at least twice as fast on this surface!)
- Can add white highlights at the end (don't need to leave white space for highlights)
- Despite the fine sanded surface, the paper itself is very toothy and the grain can be difficult to overcome when rendering smooth textures such as skin
- Pencils gets quickly chewed up and need to be sharpened often
- Though durable and heavyweight, the paper warps slightly when water or solvents are applied
That's all I have so far, but I will probably do more experimenting on this surface in the future. Also, I expect to complete this work by the end of the week and add it to my online collection.
Saturday, March 8, 2008
I am honored to have been chosen as Marsha Robinett’s Artist of the Month for March! Marsha is a pencil artist, working in carbon pencil, charcoal, and graphite to create amazingly detailed and realistic renderings of everything from still life and flowers to portraits. Visit her online gallery, appropriately named The Extraordinary Pencil.
My interview is posted to her blog: http://theextraordinarypencil.blogspot.com. In the interview, I talk about my transition from engineer to artist, how I chose my medium, what challenges me, and what inspires me.
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
Monday, March 3, 2008
A Quick Note on Giclee Prints
A giclee print is made using a highly specialized printer that employs a very fine spray of ink in a full range of colors to create an image that doesn’t have the typical “dot pattern” of less expensive inkjet printers. These printers are able to transform high resolution digital images into fine art prints that bear a remarkable resemblance in color and detail to the original. Giclee printers use specially formulated archival ink designed to resist fading for many years to come. The company I use produces giclees using Epson 9880 giclee printers with archival inks guaranteed to last up to 75 years.
How to Order Giclee Prints of My Artwork
I offer giclee prints of selected figurative works on my Fine Art America page. Here you can select a print size, as well as add on a frame and/or mat, if desired, all for a very reasonable price. One of my favorite things about this site is how you can view full-resolution previews of the piece to get an idea of the detail. For example, you can view a close-up image of a portion of my Winter Blues piece by hovering the cursor over the image and clicking on a bold square (click here to try it).
The secure checkout through FineArtAmerica.com is SSL encrypted, and payment can be made using any major credit card (American Express, Mastercard, or Visa).
I have already ordered several prints through http://www.fineartamerica.com/, and have been very pleased with their quality and the prompt delivery. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to send me an e-mail or contact me through my website!