Today while on my lunchtime at work I thought I would do a little sketching of Michael Keaton from the Beetlejuice movie. This was my second attempt this week to try and get something good finished. My first attempt was very far from satisfying. And, this is nothing new to me lately because I’ve been struggling with drawing in the last couple of months. I feel like I have been trying to force myself into a different style that I’m just not comfortable with. So, today I thought I would just do a more finished pencil drawing. And I was pretty happy with it. From there I thought I would drop it into Photoshop and try to do some digital painting on it. I just wanted to try a quick painting on top of the drawing. More like a watercolor painting with a transparent layer over the drawing.
30 Paintings in 30 Days- Day 5
Today I have an ink and oil painting of Charlize Theron. The oil paints that I have been using are water soluble so I can get thin layers of paint and still keep the ink drawing visible. I do like to paint with thicker paint but with the quick turnaround of painting daily I chose to use this technique. But, I think another reason I use it is because I like to use watercolors and this has a similar look to that.
And why did I chose to do a portrait of Charlize Theron? I wouldn’t say I’m a big fan of her. She is certainly a great actress and I’ve enjoyed some of her films. I would say I went with her because she has a timeless beauty and style to her. I also liked the high contrast in the lighting of the reference I used.
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Decided to go back to doing a portrait today. This one fought me quite bit and probably took longer than I would like. I started the drawing last night and hoped to get some of the underpainting done but that did not happen. But it’s finally finished. Time to plan the next one.
Ink, watercolor and oil paint on illustration board.
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It’s September again and that means the 30 Paintings in 30 Days challenge is upon us. And, I thought I would give it a go. I believe this is my third time and I did complete 30 paintings on the last two challenges. That did not come easy and this time looks to be even more challenging. Not only will I be away on a trip 3 days next week, I’m also creating work for a one man show in Oakland, CA on October 7th. And to finish off October, I’m tabling at my first convention, Famous Monsters of Filmland-Halloween Bash in San Jose, CA.
So, there will be quite a bit of stress going on this September. But, I will try not to drive myself too crazy with this 30 day challenge. My original idea was to do 30 portraits, in oil paint, in a Moleskin journal. I figured it would be a good size and challenge to try for this. Here is the image of the drawing prepainted.
This is a portrait painting of the actress, Jennifer Connelly. I have always been a fan of her from when I first watched the movie, Labyrinth and The Rocketeer(2 of my favorite movies). She also has a very classic Hollywood, beauty look that is very appealing. Those are some of the reasons why I chose to paint her. And that is a theme I plan to use with these Moleskin journal paintings.
But, I learned something important with this painting. Since I am not really painting ahead, These paintings wont dry in time to be scanned and posted. It looks like I’m going to have to pepper in some other types of paintings to be able to do this. Well, I guess we will have to wait and see what happens.
These are last batch of drawings that I did for the Inktober challenge. As if doing the drawings themselves was not hard enough, posting on my site became a problem too. But, even if I did not post them all daily here, they were completed one for each day. And I did make 31 ink drawings this week, one each day. For this batch I was trying to just do some portraits. Day 26 are the two Han Solo drawings(top row-middle and right). I wanted to try out 2 different styles off the same photo reference. The middle was completed with using very few ink lines and the shading was achieved with markers. The Han on the right was all line work going for a more comic book version. the top left drawing was day 27’s piece of Alice Cooper. This one was completed quickly on my lunch break, that left me enough time to lay in the solid blacks and to tone it with pencil. Bottom left is a drawing of Vincent Price for Day 28. This another marker drawing but I went in with some more ink line work than I did on the Han drawing. I am trying to hit that happy medium. Bela Lugosi on the bottom right is for day 29. Very scratchy and another quick drawing for that day.
Day 30 is another little portrait with markers of Boris Karloff from The Mummy.
And this leads us to the last drawing of Inktober, from the fantastic Vincent Price movie, The Abominable Dr Phibes. It is a ink and ink wash drawing.
This was another month straight of daily artwork and it has been grueling doing this along with working my day job. I feel like I need to keep the momentum going and do more daily drawing but I’m pretty sure I can’t keep it up. I will be trying to complete some more complex work this month. I want to take some more time with my art. I also want to get back to some of the fundamentals and work on some anatomy studies. I also plan on some painting time. I will be posting most of these studies on Facebook and Instagram and cherry picking some of the drawings for this blog.