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.
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.
I am going to see Alice Cooper in concert in San Francisco tomorrow and this is my warm up for the show. Alice has been one of my favorites for a while now and some of he best concerts I have been to were Alice shows. This is a moment from his show where he is put into a straight jacket and sings, one of my favorite songs, Ballad of Dwight Fry.
I decided to go with the Wicked Witch for today’s Inktober drawing after seeing some other drawings on Instagram for the month challenge. The artists had made a list of subjects for each day of this month and witches was one of them. I instantly thought of this beauty and decided to go with it.
This is the last painting for the 30 Paintings in 30 Days challenge. I made it through the whole month and didn’t miss a day. While, I’m proud that I hit the 30 paintings mark, I’m not sure I am completely happy with the results. I could see that my interest was waning in the last week or so with most paintings. And a lot of it was because I was growing bored with doing quick paintings. I did enjoy working with watercolor paints quite a bit this month and I’m not sure where to go next because I also would like to do more oil paintings (like today’s painting) and gouache. I was hoping at the end of this challenge I would walk away knowing what paint media I would like to go to in the future. Today’s painting is one that has been around for a couple of months and it has been a struggle. I struggled with the subject matter and the technique. But, I made myself finish it last night just in case I wussed out on sharing it today.
I can say that for October, I will be participating in challenge of doing an ink drawing everyday of the month. It’s an online challenge called Inktober. Much like the 30 Days challenge, I’m heading into it by the seat of my pants, with nothing predrawn. So, we will see what comes out of it.
oil painting with white charcoal on a toned mat board