Monday, March 14, 2011

more portrait sketches

Here's some more Zorn experiments I've been doing lately... sorry about the photo quality, still trying to get a good lighting situation down to photograph these properly!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Zorn Palette

I haven't posted my head painting stuff in a while... We recently started using color, specifically the Zorn palette. (The Zorn palette is basically a red/yellow/blue color scheme using a warm red, yellow ochre, and ivory black.)

Looking forward to doing more of these!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Neon Reverb show... continued!

So we went to the PWC show Friday, and it was unfortunately not allowed to open on First Friday :( Buuut they are doing a separate opening March 11th and 12th. If you can go, please attend. I have a few pieces on display, as well as many other talented artists! It really looks like a great show.

These are just a few more I made for the show, YO-LANDI VI$$ER and NINJA from Die Antwoord.

ink and watercolor on paper, 11" x 14"

ink and watercolor on paper, 11" x 14"

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Neon Reverb Artists show @PWC Gallery

Well, I created a few last minute pieces for the Neon Reverb Artists show at the PWC Gallery, which will be opening this First Friday, March 4th. I had a few musically inspired pieces in mind a while ago for submission, but thought it would be a good opportunity to create a few illustrations of some of my favorite musicians.

preliminary sketch for Meg and Jack White of the White Stripes

The finished illustrations, which are framed separately.

Watercolor of Thom Yorke. Apologize for the color on this, as its not completely accurate and looks MUCH better in person.

I will have more to post, the show should be pretty awesome!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Pick-out Oil Technique

A few images from my Head Painting class at TAD with Ron Lemen. We had to utilize the "pick-out" technique to create an image. I loved painting this guy, who apparently had lived as a hobo catching trains for most of his life. He definitely has character!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Portrait of Serena

Another alla prima portrait study I did tonight - this one was tweeted live with in progress pics via my Twitter. Took a few better resolution photos of the process for the blog too, so here goes:

Here's my palette set up, with my color chart behind it. Trying to limit my palette more, but this time I added a few "extra" colors. I used yellow ochre, burnt sienna, venetian red, Permalba white, mars violet, cadmium red light, and blue black. For a medium I used Winsor & Newton's drying linseed oil, and for thinner Gamblin's Gamsol.

After the initial scrubbing/toning of the canvas and laying in the basic line drawing, I massed in my darkest darks and lightest lights to get the values of the face and flesh tones accurate. I then blocked in the colors I mixed for her face, being sure to circulate colors and keeping my values correct.

After some blending back with a hog bristle brush to lose some of my edges and weave colors together, I added a few highlights and finished out a few details.

A close up of the face.

I'm having a lot of fun doing these fast studies! More to come :)

Friday, February 4, 2011

Girl with a Mohawk

Another quick alla prima oil study! I have a stack of little 8"x10" canvases I'm filling up with these. Trying to limit my palette to the Master's - this one utilizing yellow ochre, burnt sienna, venetian red, blue black, and titanium white.

More to come! Taking a head painting class this semester at TAD and I am STOKED!