Sunday, August 17, 2008
Tonight I finally finished the painting that I started in my head at the beginning of this blog. It's a lot closer to what I saw in my head than the sketch but not close enough. I actually wanted to add some glinting scales here and there. I also wanted to add the impression of something asleep and unmoving, partly covered in moss perhaps...I will try again sooner or later. After finishing this, I decided I want do more Lovecraft inspired paintings/drawings.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
The order of the pics - 1. Jeff Kromer, 2. Lana Gentry, 3. Breana , 4. Cathy McShannon
Today I worked up the nerve to ask C at The Lost Gallery what I needed to do to become a featured artist. His response was, 'You just have to ask.' So, as of tomorrow I will be one of the Lost crowd. This is really exciting because from the moment I was aware of The Lost Gallery on myspace I wanted to be a part of it but I never thought I was good enough or that my work was relevant. Friendship and support can go a long way however and along with support from friends old and new I have begun to see that yes, I am good enough and getting even better by the minute.
I'm thrilled because this means I will have more exposure and hopefully more commissions/sales. It's a step in the life I want to create for myself.
Thursday, August 7, 2008
...is the word my friend used to describe this drawing. This one is called 'buttonboy'. Based on Joe Hill's short story "Best New Horror" in 20th Century Ghosts. I received 20th Century ghosts for my birthday last year and I devoured it immediately. It was sitting on my bookshelf until today. A friend and I were having a conversation and I mentioned this book, recommended it in fact. While we were chatting I got the idea to do a simple drawing but I decided to re-read the story first. Now I'm stuck reading the other stories as well. They're just that good.
This one is a tattoo design called 'liberty within the confines'. I'm not sure yet if I'm going to actually get this as a tat or design something else but the concept itself is very personal to me. The second digital piece is a quick portrait of a new friend of mine.
I figured it was time I played around more with shadows and lighting. Initially I wanted to use paint and I figured I'd try acrylic. So I took some photos of myself by candlelight. However when I started working with the acrylic paint I didn't like the results, I found the paint was drying too fast and I was getting impatient. I thought I'd try something else so I got out the pastels instead and this is my finished product, oil pastels on 14" x 17" poster board.
Even though I like the results I'm not completely satisfied so I will keep on playing around with shadows and such. If anyone would like to submit shadowy pictures for me to use please feel free to. :)