Sunday, November 27, 2011

Illustration Friday; Round

Hello, all.
I have just finished work on a show that is up now at Theater Art Galleries in High Point, NC.  As much as I would like to rest, I have a new project in the works.  I will be participating in The Sketchbook Project. 
Anyone who knows me knows that my sketchbook is practically attached to me, so this seemed right up my alley.  I am working on the cover, and, as I progress, I will post.
In the meantime, another drawing focusing on the round bell of the train.  I liked this composition because of its repetition of curves and ellipses.  I had a ball drawing it.  I hope you enjoy it.

PEACE!!! Happy Holidays!!!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Illustration Friday: Silent

Hello, all.
Participation in several shows has kept me productive, and I have not been able to cater my work to the Illustration Friday themes as of late.  I did decide to make an attempt to reconnect with this, however, and keep some work going. 
This is part of a series of 12 images that are related to John Henry.  In my research, I became fascinated with the complexities of trains.  Their mechanics are great, especially the older trains.  I ended up in Spencer, NC at the Transportation Museum, to shoot references of trains and train parts. 
Why does this fit for "Silent"?  Simple.  These machines were once active and vital, but have become dinosaurs.  They are on display now, for all to come and observe.  I even noticed that this train in particular was missing bolts and other parts. 
I hope everyone has a great week!
Peace Out!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Illustration Friday: Disguise

Hello, all.
I decided to submit something I did recently for a fundraising even at the Center for Visual Artists in Greensboro, NC.  We were given a 10"x10" canvas and told to do whatever we wanted.  I decided to use the opportunity to continue an ongoing series called "Livestock Playas". 
This is my 'Naag wit' Swaag".  I had lots of fun doing it.  He immediately popped into my head when I read about this week's topic.
Have a great week.
Peace out!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Illustration Friday: Imperfect

Hello, all.
I have been doing a LOT of painting.  I have jumped in with both feet, after avoiding it for so long, as I am color-blind.  Fellow artists and students, however, have been very supportive in my efforts.
I have been doing small paintings every couple of days for weeks now, and felt confident enough to jump into a portrait.  I kept the palette simple (only five colors).
Why is this portrait of my wife a submission for "Imperfect"? Because she has decided to wear her hair in a natural style.  She had reservations, but now she loves being able to simply let her hair down without every hair in place.  In my opinion, there is beauty in her imperfect style.
Have a great week!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Illustration Friday: Perennial

Hello, all.
I have been stepping out of my color-blind box a bit and trying to paint.  I have enjoyed myself, keeping  the paintings small and manageable, producing a painting a day.  This is the last one I completed.  I figured that since it was of fruit, and since fruit trees are perennial plants, that I was safe.

I may be reaching here, but you be the judge. 
Have a great week.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Illustration Friday: Gesture

Two Minutes
Two Minutes
Ten Minutes
Twenty Minutes

Thirty Minutes

Hello, all.
Lots going on, but I am still at it, trying to produce as much as possible.  When I saw that "Gesture" was the topic, I was soooooo excited. 
Gesture drawing is one of my favorite activities.  I attend several drawing groups in my area, and I live for the ones that have short-pose sessions.  In fact, I have even participated in groups that will draw only two-minute poses for two hours straight! 
The images above are all at different times, as short as 2 minutes, and up to 30 minute studies.  I have tried to adopt this type of speed to the initial stages of my finished images, as I feel that it adds life and vitality to the work.
I hope you enjoy.
Peace Out!  Have a great week!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Illustration Friday: Duet

Hello, all.
I read the topic for this week's Illustration Friday and was happy because I felt that the piece that I am working on at the moment is a great fit.

Here is my interpretation of the moment when John Henry accepts the challenge to do battle with the steam hammer that he eventually defeats, but loses his life in the process.  I liked the idea of an arrogant, smug bureaucrat dismissing the notion that a mere man could defeat his machine.

I owe a lot of credit to several people for this image, including my colleague, Mr. Keith Taylor, who posed for the bureaucrat, as well as Al Rodriguez and several of my current students for their assistance as well.  The next step for the image is to add an environment as well as the machine that John Henry raced against.

I hope you enjoy your week.

John Henry's Death Scene

Hello, all.
I decided that I needed to post the final image from the last Illustration Friday challenge that I submitted.  The piece moved on to be finished, and I was mildly pleased with the result.  I had a lot of insight from fellow artists and art students as well.
The image has been completed with an oil wash and colored pencils.
Peace out! : )

Saturday, March 5, 2011

John Henry Dies: In Progress

Hello, all.
I don't like the idea of posting without being done, or at least almost done, but I wanted to be more consistent about posting.  (I heard you loud and clear, Brine... : )  )It helps me stay busy, stay in the loop. 
I'm not sure that this fits well for "Warning", but, after consideration, I saw it.  The figure that reaches towards us with one hand and back towards the crowd with the other doesn't want us to see our hero fallen...
My wife speaks of this often.  She doesn't view bodies at funerals because she wants her last vision of the person to be a happy one, a cherished one. 

A stretch?  Maybe... you be the judge...
More to come...

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Illustration Friday: Layers


Hello, all.
As I near completion of my yearlong project of producing work and a new website, I have had few chances to participate in anything else, which accounts for my lack of posts.  However, I'm still lurking in the shadows and, every once in awhile, I have something to contribute.
Believe it or not, this image stems from my first attempt at Illustration Friday.  I finished a small version of the image, but never got to post it. 
Instead, I felt that it would be appropriate for the "Layers" topic, as this is at the very core of my process.
First, I start with a pencil drawing over a layer of gesso.  Next, I add a layer of clear matte spray paint.  Then, there is a layer of thinned oil paint (umber, ultramarine blue, and aluzirian crimson).  Finally, there are several layers of colored pencil. 
As I have stated before, I am color-blind, and this gives me the confidence to deal with color.  I learned this technique from Mr. Alex Bostic, a professor who taught at Virginia Commonwealth University.
I hope you enjoy it.  Have a great week.