Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Breeze - New Image & Prints

With warmer weather comes the simple pleasures of sun on your face and the wind in your hair. Perfection.

Ink on watercolor paper, with an oh-so-slight color adjustment in Photoshop.

Prints of this painting are available right here.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Watercolor Sketches

I was cleaning out old papers and artwork today and I came across some quick watercolor samples that I'd done for the children's art classes that I taught last summer. Since they're a little different from what I've been posting here, I thought they might be fun to share.

The kids liked this project a lot, and it was easy to do. You just paint on the paper, going a bit heavy on the water, and then you blow the paint and water around on the paper with a plastic straw. You can get some really neat effects that way.

Nothing too terribly exciting, just a quick watercolor sketch of the boats in the harbor. I had taken the kids over by the docks to do some outdoors painting and drawing.

This is actually ink and not watercolor. I use ink painting a lot with the pictures that I make, and I thought the kids might want to try painting with it as well. Just a simple alternative to watercolors. One of the kids wanted me to paint a pirate ship, but the paper was a little too wet so the pirate ship is a bit on the blurry side.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Lady's Profile - Sketch

Just a sketch done while I was watching a movie tonight. I like drawing profiles.

Shipwrecked - In Progress Part 2

Well, I haven't gotten much farther on the Shipwrecked picture, but at least the color scheme is worked out and the composition is fixed. It's moving a little slower than I had planned, but it'll get done eventually.

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Shipwrecked - In Progress

This is my newest picture that I'm working on, inspired by some stock photography by AilinStock on deviantArt. They've given me permission to do an illustration based on one of their sailor/pirate themed photos, so a big thank you to them! And you know me, I love piratey stories and pictures. Howard Pyle is definitely also an influence here.

Anyhow, this image is measuring about 20"x24" in Photoshop but will probably end up being wider than that. I drew it in brown pencil on watercolor paper, painted over it with watered down ink, scanned it into the computer, and now I've started doing to the digital painting with my tablet and Photoshop. As you can see, I only have the very basic colors painted in at the moment, but it gives you an idea of the atmosphere that I'm going for.

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