Tuesday, November 8, 2011


Here's a portrait of Walter Payton I just completed. It came out much better than I expected, Lately, every time I try and bang out a quickie it ends up evolving into a much more detailed and carefully rendered drawing that required a heck of a lot more time to complete. I'm almost sad I can't try and sell it to some rabid Chicago Bears fan.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Zombie Michael Jackson from Thriller

Too late for halloween, but totally by coincidence this will be posted just in time for the verdict in the Murray trial to be announced.

I started sketching out the underdrawing and since I'd been drawing some quicker portraits in pencil lately wanted to keep it brief and get right to the painting. Then after an hour or two I realized that I'd gotten fairly involved in doing detail and shading and abandoned that plan. So I actually did a tight detailed black and white graphite drawing on watercolor paper and was resolved to trying to lay washes of color over a tight pencil drawing kind of the way I've seen ALAN LEE illustrate.

Again, since this wasn't the original plan and this paper had texture to it, it was a struggle to draw on it and get even tones. Then I didn't know if running a brush over the pencils would smudge the drawing and I also wasn't sure how the paint would lie on the paper if I sealed the drawing down with some kind of spray so I just went for it and after a few light washes of some color decided to stop. It has the feel of a colorized Ted Turner movie or a color tinted black and white photo, but that's OK. It doesn't bother me or feel wrong.

Here's a poor scan of the original pencil drawing before I applied any color.

As you can see the dark graphite areas are highly reflective and distracting when looking at it (AFTER putting down some watercolors). I also was a little worried about the graphite smudging and instead of spraying it, I took some acrylic gloss medium varnish that I had laying around and gave the entire thing a coat. Now the whole thing is slick, shiny and most importantly better protected. It also scans much better for whatever reason.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

More quick portrait sketches

I decided to bang out sketches of these 2 naked ladies today before starting some new paintings.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Kicking off the rust, warming-up while sketching naked girls

To no one's surprise the blog post with the most hits is the one with the naked girl paintings in it. I understand internet people, I understand completely. Anyway, the next few posts will be more of the same.

This one was done shortly after the above image was completed and this time I used a ruler to draw the border for the image.

Also, here's another older piece that I had still laying around. I had fun playing with the design of this one where its like she's being zipped out of the page.