18 September 2011

Latest Private Commission

Alright - now that I have some time - here we go, the finish of what has been hinted at for the past few posts, along with some of the process. I have been celebrating someone's birthday today, so what I finished yesterday has had to wait until now.
There is another piece, possibly noticed by now to not yet be shown in its finished form? That would be the drawing from "Greetings from the Studio" (part one). I do have it on the desk, but I've been a bit busy with this finish and other projects (later to be shown).

I am quite happy with the process on this one here; I am also looking forward to where I can take this technical and conceptual development with the other projects.
Please feel welcome to leave comments.

Work space.
Private Commission, 8"x10", Watercolor, 2011.
Process detail one.
Process detail two.

16 September 2011

Greetings from the Studio Part II

An evening as any other at the desk, with the music, and Lugh.

And guess where my cat decides is the best spot to settle during this delicate process...

That is all for now! I'll post my finished work shortly...if my cat allows it the attention it needs.

14 September 2011

Second Current Drawing To Painting Sample

Here is the second of the two projects I am currently working on.
The first piece, shown last of the "Greetings from the Studio" post, is on its way and will shortly be up.
Private Commission, Tight Sketch, Graphite, 2011.

And this is just a doodle of mine of a fun looking, coral-like mushroom I saw while out camping recently.
WNY Fungus, Graphite, 2011.

02 September 2011

Greetings from the Studio

Hello from western New York, East Aurora.

The weather here is far more to my liking, yet after four years in the south of Pennsylvania, the lack of humidity and city-scented air is quite welcome. I think I almost forgot how green and fresh the gardens and field smelled!
Well, my borrowed studio space is just right here, and I have even acquired new gear for use in the studio at home, so I am rather excited. My father found the time and the interest to make me a custom desk, with a wonderful, natural wood frame, able to be dismantled for transportation convenience! I wish I could lug back this sturdy, antique leather, wood, and metal epic of a chair, but I'm affraid the size won't do for the car, nor the bare space left in it, once the time comes. Still, these types are rare, and wonderful!

And yes, Rembrandt is looking at you too...
Lugh takes command of the side table and materials...

Below are provided some sneak peeks at the action; I'm enjoying it so far!

This is how I work with my thumbnails/rough sketching stage; I enjoy writing and language, as I enjoy reading and research, so my visual notes tend to be fairly equal to the amount of written notes I make. I find this particular form of scrawling, diagram-like notes I have is a process which greatly helps my thinking through what I want to do, and how, and why. I also tend to re-doodle things - comparatively larger, smaller, differently. Also, at this stage, making things deliberately small seems to flow best for me.

These sample pages from my big idea book are containing seven paintings, three of which are a part of two different series projects in addition. Ah! So much stuff to do!

My Thick Idea Book, page 1

Page 2
Page 3

Here is one of the works in progress, including roughs:

Private Commemorative Commission, Graphite, 2011.

Be well and keep the creativity clear.
Until more next time,


Acquiring new (and old) books is a wonderful thrill, and speaking specifically (for the purposes of this blog) as an illustrator, ART books are even better. What with the sad but understandable situation with Borders going out of business, I found the time to stop by a local store to browse what might yet be available amidst the feverishly thinning shelves.

To my great delight, I found this:

And for clarity, it is Donato Giancola's Middle Earth book.

I got other books as well (naturally), and am quite content with an even larger than normal stack of literature and art to sift through. Natural Health for Cats (I have two), The Gallic War, other ancient history, and the rest of the usual and the exciting!

I have been in the studio at my parents' house in WNY, going at all manner of fun preoccupations, so more to come!