Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Maggie with background

And in another photo I took the light made the color all weird and not like it really is, but I think it looks kind of neat:

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Saturday, August 27, 2011

lake water - attempt 1

This summer I only had one chance to paint the lake from life. But I still want to achieve realistic lake water in oil. This attempt was done purely from memory without any references, photo or otherwise. It doesn't look quite right, but I think I'm learning and getting closer.

Friday, August 12, 2011


Using a brush pen and skewed perspective to focus attention and make dramatic contrast in this sketchy drawing.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Enclosed is a Puzzle- Spoilers

Today's piece is fanart for Professor Layton and the Unwound Future, and it gives away an important revelation, so in case any of you will someday play that game and don't want it given away, the picture is down at the bottom of the post. If you have played the game, I recommend also looking at the picture in my Deviantart Gallery, where I wax theological about the story's merits and meaning.

I post it here because I am so very pleased and proud of how the wall turned out. I did it through a multi-layered process of ink painting. First I masked the window and the direct light falling on the wall. I mixed a grey with yellow in it and a grey with blue in it and used these to wash broadly the general distribution of light. When that had dried, I masked the highlights on the bricks and layered deeper shadows. Finally I put in the small shadows on the bricks. I am very happy with the results. Often I cannot do justice to the picture I conceive in my mind. This time, I surpassed it.

Monday, August 1, 2011

something from Life Drawing

Ink and chalk.