Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Watercolor WIP

As I mentioned before, I am in the process of teaching myself how to paint with watercolors.  The painting above is one that I did after watching a YouTube video by Grant Fuller.  There is very little info on colors or techniques, but just watching him paint was enough to make me want to give it a try.  It goes without saying that my version hardly come close to matching his quality.  I did change a few things intentionally.  His appears to be a wet, sandy beach with waves off to the right.  I attempted to turn it into a pond with a fallow field off to the right.  My intention all along was/is to add a silhouette of a single rowing shell with a rower/person in the right foreground.  If I pull it off, I will post an update - - if not, the painting may end up in the shredder.  I'm very pleased with how it has come out so far - - and more than a little nervous about trying to "add" to it.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Old Barn in Watercolor

Here's my version of the barn from Jack Reid's book painted with Ultramarine Blue and Burnt Sienna.  Overall I think it came out ok, but certainly far from perfect.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Marker Monday 1-19-15

After feeling sick for over a week, (and not drawing) I finally started to feel better just in time to watch the Patriots roll over the Colts.  I'm fine with the outcome, but would have preferred a more exciting/competitive game.

My last post talked about some of the watercolor paintings I was doing from Jack Reid's book.  The next section of the book works through the same composition four or five times - - each time introducing some additional colors.  I thought I would give it go with markers before I try the painted versions.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Watercolor Studies 1-7-15

Some monochromatic watercolor studies from the excellent book Watercolor: Let's Get Started by Jack Reid.  I painted each one in my 5"x7" watercolor sketch book.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Marker Monday 1-5-15

My latest Marker Monday post is a portrait of infamous 1920's seamstress Regina Hornbuckle.

Two colors for the skin and two for the hat.  A little white color pencil for the highlights.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Digital Variation of Marker Monday

I think that the title pretty much says it all.  Before I began the most recent Marker Monday rendering, I had sketched out some different ideas.  I brought one of the ideas in to Photoshop where I redid the line work, then started adding color, texture and background elements.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Watercolor Study

I painted this flower in my watercolor sketchbook after watching a tutorial on YouTube.
Ya gotta love YouTube.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Marker Monday 12-29-14

I saw this colorful bug crawling under someone's Christmas tree a few days ago.

The bug was done with markers - - the background and ground was painted with watercolors.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Marker Monday 12-22-14

On this post I've included the preliminary sketches that I did as I worked out some of my ideas for this character.  If you look closely you can see where I cut the head off one piece of paper and taped it on to another thus allowing me to play with the length of the neck.  I used these sketches as a guide to create the final version - - which I first drew in pencil and then completed with markers and a little white color pencil.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Color Pencil Plus Digital

Do you recognize this TV personality?  Post your guess in the Comments section.  Eternal Glory for the first correct entry.

This drawing was created using black, white and red color pencil.  I then photographed it, brought it in to Photoshop and used a couple of different techniques to play with the face texture and darken the suit, while still retaining the hand drawn look.  I left the hair untouched - - how could anyone improve on that coiffure?

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Pencil Sketches

Four graphite studies.  Trying my best to be Andrew Loomis and Alex Ross - - two of the best.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

iPad Sketch 12-3-14

An iPad sketch I did in Sketchbook Pro.  The "pine trees" are intentionally stylized.

Monday, December 1, 2014


Another original character sketch done with markers on tan toned paper.