I’ve been really enjoying working in my new mixed-media sketchbook from Stillman & Birn. On the other hand, getting back into doing life-drawing studies/sketches is easier said than done, as I sometimes find myself bored of typical poses that you find online; in terms of reference photos. Aside from my general admiration of their work, artists Noah & Rachel Bradley have come out with a bunch of reference photo packs on their website (which I’ll link below) that have been quite helpful. If you’re looking for some quality references I highly recommend you check out their photography.
This painting has been a bit puzzling for me. Although I’m not unsatisfied with the results, the composition and I suppose just the piece in general was a bit out of the usual for me. I admire artists whose pieces involve lots heavy background work; sceneries, forests, water, etc; but somehow I had moved away from it entirely since university days.
If you follow my work, you may have noticed that nowadays I prefer to work with a mostly a minimal backdrop (white usually). It’s just something I have come to like in my art. There are elements of this piece that I plan on using in the future, although I might not necessarily go this route again in terms of trying to create a full on classical painting. I still find painting nature, trees and such quite interesting; in terms of texture, foliage, etc, but I prefer to incorporate them in the composition without going too heavy on the background. What do you think? Do you think this type of piece wanders too far from my usual style? 😄
Although I mentioned I prefer not to go the route of a full classical painting, most of my favourite artists would fall under that genre. 😅 For this painting for example, I was inspired by the work of the French painter Bouguereau. I love how he paints children in particular, because for myself it’s an absolute nightmare. If you follow me on any of social media you’ll have seen me trying to figure out the alien proportions when it comes to kids. 😁
AUCTION SUPPORTING CANADIAN FIREFIGHTERS.
Auctioning on Ebay didn’t go as planned as I had to create a whole new account for the one painting and I feel it may have impacted how many people actually got to view it. So instead the painting is now available for purchase at the shop. The charity support will stay the same; I’ll still be donating 50% of the sale to the CFFF (just not using Ebay).
This auction will be contributing to a Canadian charity that supports the brave men and women and their families, who don’t get nearly as much recognition as they deserve. 50% of the sale from this painting will be going to the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation. Please feel free to share with anyone else you think might be interested. Thankyou.
A couple of weeks ago, I decided to film the process for a quick watercolour painting/study I was doing. I’ve thought about starting a channel for a while, but never got around to filming any of the processes for my work. I decided to start with some some small things like sketches and studies like this one. You can find my Youtube videos here.
I remember picking up City of Bones as a recommendation from a friend. I believe I was at City of Lost Souls within 2 weeks. I’m generally not an avid reader of teen books, but I did enjoy reading Cassie Clare’s work. It was fun with a lot of geeky references that any anime nerd will have no problem connecting to…oh and there are vampires.
The High Warlock of Brooklyn (TMI), Watercolour & Mixed-Media on Paper, 11×15″, 2013
So it was a no-brainer that I would be creating artwork from all the inspiration I got from the characters and the world of ‘Shadowhunters’. These are older pieces, and I had planned to do 2 others; perhaps of the vampire Raphael Santiago and the Silent Brothers, I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I will find some spare time in the near future to squeeze in more personal projects…if I’m not busy gushing over all the ‘fine’ cast of the TV adaptation from Freeform.