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It Lives!

Long time no post, I know. That doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy, though. Theatre tends to take up a lot of my time from January to March.

I did find time for two more things:

First, an update on Statuesque – I’ve done a lot of work to the eyes, nose and chin, and I’ve thrown in a background and finished the hair. I’d call it about 80% done – still to do is the shoulders, the final touches on the eyes ( I always save those for last), sign it and oil it out to even the sheen.

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Next, I’ve done some work on a poster for the Christmas concert for the choir I’m in. It’s fairly sparse to save room for the title, the ticket info and such. I really like how this one turned out. It’s simple but fun.

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The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

September 7, 2012 Leave a comment

Haven’t had time to work on many personal projects lately. I’ve been busy working on posters for  a few local arts groups. This one’s for an amateur theatre company for their upcoming show. I broke out the acrylics again for this for the first time in quite a while. I definitely seem to have learned a lot in the meantime – this was a lot less frustrating than my previous attempts at working with acrylic.

 

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Oil Painting – Statuesque – part 1

Slow progress on the personal projects right now as I’ve got a few pro-bono pieces I’m working on for other groups. I have managed to squeeze in some time to work on this, based on a photo of a statue I took at my last trip to the ROM. They had it lit so gorgeously I couldn’t resist trying to paint it.  I’m still fairly new to painting with real media, so I’m using this mainly as a practice piece, since it lends itself well to a limited palette. The left side isn’t quite that light in person – I don’t have access to a tripod so I had to use the flash.

Arsenic and Old Lace

My theatre group will be presenting Arsenic and Old Lace this spring, and I’ve been asked to paint a portrait of grandfather Brewster for the set. It needs to be fine by the end of the month, so my Doctor Who project is on the back burner until then.

Here’s what I’ve got so far. It’s based on a work I found on wikipaintings.  Acrylic on masonite, with oil to be added later.

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Perspective Studies

February 29, 2012 Leave a comment

I’ve been steadily plodding along with the anatomy studies alongside my work on the Doctor Who portraits. Here’s a page of hands I did recently that turned out pretty well.

And some more of the perspective studies from the same book as last time:

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4th Doctor – detail pass 1. Also, Perspective practice.

February 15, 2012 Leave a comment

Another update on the Doctor, just working on refining things.

 

 

So, in addition to  my work on Tom Baker’s Doctor, I’ve also been following along with some perspective exercises from a book titled “Perspective Drawing”. Unfortunately, the author’s name isn’t listed on the cover.

I’ve also started work on a charity/commission piece for a local community theatre group I’m a part of. They’ve requested a victorian-style portrait of a man in his 50s to use as a set piece for their production of Arsenic and Old Lace.  I’m excited to get started on that, but I’ve got to wait to see what size frame I’ll be working to fit, first.

 

Anatomy studies

December 17, 2011 Leave a comment

I’ve been working on a bunch of anatomy studies lately to suppelement my portraits. Last week was heads week, so here’s what I’ve got so far.

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