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.
From the lack of frequency on my blog you can see that I did not make it through the 30 Paintings in 30 Days challenge. I gave up on it after I realized that this month was just too busy and stressful for me to keep that pace going. I’d do more art than I posted here. There were a few more pieces on my social media. You should follow along with, it’s fun!
One other reason for the lack of art is that I’m just not enjoying what I have been producing, and this has been an issue for a while now. So, the thing I need to start focusing on is fixing this. What that means is still unknown to me.
But, I will keep plugging along. And this piece is a part of that process. It is a watercolor and ink painting of the bounty hunter from Star Wars, Boba Fett. And, here is the non painted version:
30 Paintings in 30 Paintings day 3
Today’s painting almost did not happen which would be disappointing since it’s only the third day. But as my Bay Area friends know, it’s been stupidly hot these last few days. And being in a house with no air conditioning sitting under lights and painting does not come easy. But, I’m forcing myself to work tonight.
This painting is another Madballs painting. This lovely is named Aargh. It is a 5″x7″ ink, watercolor and oil painting on a gesso board. #madballs #aargh #30paintingsin30days #oil #painting #watercolor #ink #art #artist #painter #illustration #1980s #ilovethe80s #toys #80stoys
What I was worried about happening with day 1 came true. My Moleskin painting project hit a snag when it comes to drying times. So, it looks like I will have to pepper those in throughout the month along with other paintings.
That brings us to today. I love the 1980’s and a lot of the things that I draw and paint have a tie to that time period. Growing up in the 80’s has exposed me to many things that have stuck with me and I still enjoy today. One of those things are toys and this painting is based on one of those toy lines, The Madballs. Screamin’ Meemie is the name of this character. He is the second character from the toy line that I have recently painted.
I have plans to do a series of art and posts detailing the history of several 1980’s toy lines and I will go into the Madballs toys and histories then. This will begin in January and I plan to run this for all of 2018.
This piece started as a ink drawing on a gessoed panel. The under painting was in watercolor paint and then glazed with oil paint.