Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Announcement - I am now selling some of my favorite pieces at my new Etsy Shop including these guys! As you may have heard - Im getting married! That's expensive so I'm trying to raise a little pre-marital dough for the cause and, I've got a lot of good paintings that need a good home. Wont you give them a home? I priced them to move and Christmas will be here before you know it, so check it out. I've got some big ones, some small ones - but there's certainly one that's perfect for you. So do two things at once: invest in marital bliss, and rescue a painting. There will be more up as the weeks go by so keep your eye out!
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Since I routinely encourage my student to use photo reference even if it's just for inspiration, and since this one has sort of a fun cast of famous inspiration models, here's the folks that inspired the characters from left to right: Peggy Lee (turned brunette), Jackie Gleason, Dean Martin, Tom Waits (the consummate barfly), and Sarah Vaughn.
Below is the second set of sketches with the stretch to 4 pages.
Here's the first set of sketches below for the initial spread (two sketches and two type designs).
Here my new piece for sale at a great show at Chicago's Gallery 27, called "Dreaming Child" which opened on Friday, August 31. The show is all artwork based on children's stories, fables, and fairy tales. I based mine on the Aesop's fable of the Fox and the Crow. The crow has a piece of cheese and the fox coaxes it away from him by at first praising the crow's physical appearance, and the inducing him to caw and drop the cheese by saying that the crow must have a beautiful voice to match it's beautiful appearance. The crow, so flattered and full of pride, opens his beak and caws his caustic caw, dropping the cheese to the waiting fox. Fox wins. The painting itself was created by tea staining a background tone, and then gouache on top.
|"The Fox and the Crow"|
11" x 14", tea staining and gouache on watercolor paper