Working in opposite

Opposite drawing is a great way to exercise the artist mind. Recording the highlights on a dark surface, instead of looking for the shadows and putting them down on white paper.

Last Sunday with the kids, we produced pictures of Jesus laughing.

I got to keep those gears in the mind well-greased to have creativity remain alive and drawing skills improving. Changing what I am looking at, to see the shapes of, and put down, really does a “switch-a-roo” on the mind! It makes the journey through the mind go on nerves not used very often which builds new bridges for my brain to walk on. Synapses!

I will work with kids in art at our church every 2nd or 3rd Sunday through the summer… Check us out at svmchurch.org

Jesus smiling. Chaulk on Black paper
Jesus smiling. Chaulk on Black paper

Grandkids Playing at the Beach Portrait.

Portrait of the grandkids playing at the beach is commissioned by the Franks family. This was added after the initial five adults were painted so that the grandkids would be included too. For those of you who know me, this location/subject did not need to be researched to be able to paint it. These are the children of the first son named Nathan and his wife Nikki.

This first image shows the pencil sketch with both boys laid out sitting on the beach sand with their buckets, shovels and the waves in the background. There is some yellow mastik applied to the paper where I want to reserve the white areas of the paper.

Franks grandkids 02
Franks grandkids 02

The background wash of the waves and the sand around the figures is now complete.

Franks grandkids 03
Franks grandkids 03

The basic skins are laid in in light washes with some shadow to show shape. Colors on the swimming suite are placed carefully to save the highlight areas. The same with the sand buckets and shovels.

Franks grandkids 04
Franks grandkids 04

Eyes and faces are detailed with darker tones, shadows are darkened too. Opposite color wheel colors are chosen to shadow on the sand and in the water. Greens are added tot he tans of the sand. Red or orange is touched to the ocean water to bring it into shadow.

Franks grandkids 05
Franks grandkids 05

Five Watercolor Portraits Frank’s Family

Five watercolor portraits for the Franks family are now complete. See the final images below.All four portraits done...

Here is the couple, Marian and Noel Franks, portrait.

Nathan Franks Portrait
  Nathan Franks
Nikki Franks Portrait
Nikki Franks Portrait

The first son, Nathan and his wife, Nikki.

Damian Franks Portrait
Damian Franks Portrait

The second son, Damian.

Sarah Franks Portrait
Sarah Franks Portrait

The beautiful daughter Sarah.

three portraits Franks

Three portraits of the Franks family, first the sons, one complete minus some minor details, second one is blocked in with background washes complete ready for detailed completion of the figure this afternoon. Third one, is of the couple and is sketched in with resist applied where I want to reserve the white areas on the paper.

Lunch break!

Nathan portrait
Nathan portrait
Damian portrait
Damian portrait
Marian Noel sketch
Marian Noel sketch

Pencil drawings for an author

Got a commission for pencil drawing work, sketches about a prehistoric tribe characters and wildlife. Creating illustrations to be used by the author on his initial book tour to help present ideas behind his book.

He based a lot of his thoughts while writing this book on prehistoric logic. These pencil drawings were made at his direction, for a slide show presentation of the prehistoric ideas as he presented his new book. He is a successful speaker, writer and coach doing many book tours and speaking engagements throughout his career. He was a joy to work with, his name is John Dini, and the book is entitled, “Hunting in a Farmers World”.

Pencil drawing is one of my favorite mediums.

Here are two of the sketches for the preliminary test to get the job. My pencil drawings are not published in his book but hopefully, they assisted in making his book successful.

Hunter stalking prey.
Prehistoric hunter in bush, stalking.
Prehistoric deer
Large prehistoric deer.

You don’t always know where your art will end up. It is always a happy day, to be hired, for the working artist! Drawing is a great way to spend the day.

signs done!

Painting neighborhood address signs done. You can see them sitting here, ready to seal with clear coat, dry and frame …

signs

It doesn’t look like much but it is on good sign board. Sealed in white oil based paint, then black backgrounds sprayed for the arrow bases. The white numbers in the black arrows are made with white sign paint that is sprinkled with glitter while the paint is still wet, so these will shine when car lights flash on them. Probably won’t win any awards but should be easy to see when you are trying to find your way around out here.

Pete is planting the posts today, then we will put black frames on. then the delivery guys will have no reason to talk stink about us anymore 😉

What does an artist do? Paint signs.

What on earth does an artist do on the weekend, paint neighborhood address signs of course! Here are two signs masked off ready to shoot with black for the arrows.

painting neighborhood signs
painting neighborhood signs
paint address signs
paint address signs

If you have ever been over to visit our place you would know why these signs are needed. I bet you we are in the UPS and FedEx drivers “stink list” for being hard to find. Oh well! These are directional signs (for the two bends in our private road debatable as a driveway) made of sign board (expensive smooth plywood) and coated with white house paint 2 coats yesterday. Now the (black) arrows are laid out and masked off with masking tape so I can shoot the arrow backgrounds.

border boards
border boards
black backgrounds
black backgrounds

Painting neighborhood address signs process. Honest occifer! I did NOT use that spray can of paint! Oh, my fingernails… it is a new way to do my nails I tried using the spray paint to see if I could airbrush them myself. Anybody got bail money?
😉

Now I spray the (black) arrows backgrounds.

Typical Watercolor Portrait

The steps in this typical watercolor portrait commission for the Franks, starts with sketching from a portrait supplied for reference, then applying mastik or resist to reserve needed white areas on the watercolor paper.

portrait sketch with mastik
sketch with mastik

On this image you can see the main areas of the portrait laid out with pencil lightly which I plan on erasing when done. Look for areas of yellow and that is where I am reserving white areas. When I use this mastik it makes it a lot easier to use loose strokes of full color as I paint and therefore making the process of painting a lot more enjoyable.

background painting
background painting

Now, you can see as I begin background watercolor washes around the outline of the man. I love the way that watercolor will bleed into different areas of wet paper where you have other colors. It seems almost magical to me.

The portrait is finally getting to where I can work on the characters skin tones. That begins with a watercolor wash in the skin tones area starting with yellows and adding reds as a base, then blues for shadow.

At the same time I want to start with the shadows on his shirt. The highlights and shadows start to show the shapes in the t-shirt. Isn’t it great to start to see the 3D effect happening? I like to see things begin to bend and become round in front of my eyes by simply using colors.FRANKSson1_04

Franks son 1 background
Franks son 1 background

Time to turn in for the night.