Just finished doing a text book design/layout for A. G. Sheikh, on the unfamiliar subject of, “Ladakh, Tibet and Central Asia”. The author is a wonderful man to talk with and strikes me as very kind soul. The layout of this book is colorful including many beautiful scenic views of the country and cultural artifacts. A must read, tabletop picture book with cultural information that will assist anyone anticipating a visit to the middle east. It should help to not appear so ignorant when you arrive.
Did not know this area of the world had so many cool landscape views and such rich heritage. I found myself reading simply out of interest as I worked on the layout. At first the word Ladakh, was just a word that was hard to spell, but now it is a land where spiritual and cultural histories astound the mind.
A well researched book about the history and culture of Ladakh, written by one of Ladakh’s native and most prominent scholars. This book brings together 22 of his papers, originally published elsewhere, and dealing with topics as diverse as a new perspective on Ladakh’s history, and interactions with its neighbors, Islam in Ladakh and contemporary cultural manifestations. It provides a comprehensive overview of different facets of Ladakh’s rich cultural heritage, especially past historical, political and cultural linkages with neighboring countries.
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
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.
The background wash of the waves and the sand around the figures is now complete.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Painting neighborhood address signs done. You can see them sitting here, ready to seal with clear coat, dry and frame …
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 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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.