Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Waiting 11"x14" Graphite Pencil

So once again it's been a while: my apologies, life just keeps getting in the way. But no fear, I have two pieces to show for the past few months, although one is going to have to wait until the end of the month as it's a commission for a birthday present, and I wouldn't want to inadvertently ruin the surprise.
This piece is pretty cool because I took the photo I drew it from: Dad and I were out in Wellington for the Winter Equestrian Festival back in January and we spotted two Labrador retrievers sitting very nicely on this golf cart parked in the middle of the show grounds. I took a few photos and this old dog was gracious enough to get me the photo that I then started back in February but didn't finish until mid-July (you can't rush art).
I really love how this piece turned out, especially because getting the texture of fur is difficult, but I think I managed it pretty well. I'll definitely be making prints of this and hopefully finding some venues to sell my work in the following months. I'll keep you updated.
In the meantime, I think I'm going to start a landscape, as I haven't tried one of those and I'm on an oil pastel kick at the moment and have a photo that my brother took that's calling to me. I'll post the other piece I've completed this summer as soon as possible, so hold tight:)

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Pelican 14"x16" Oil Pastel

A commissioned piece that gave me a lot of creative freedom, this piece let me do some exploring with color and a medium I haven't used in a long time. Oil pastel comes in sticks of oil that go on like crayons, and with blending of different colors the oil becomes smoother, like oil paint. It is a difficult medium to work with because there's only so much pastel the paper can take, so the artist has to be careful not to over-saturate the page.
I'm very glad I got to work with color, because I really took advantage of it and tried to experiment with the varying shades and complementary colors to get some depth to the picture. The original photo print-out that I had was not a particularly good one, so I had to take some liberties with the colors--adding some purple and yellow to the pelican's head, some red and yellow into the wing feathers, and grays and greens into the water. It was challenging, but very rewarding for me (and trust me, the piece is much more vibrant in real life, the photo I took was not particularly well-done:)

Sunday, February 21, 2010

2004 Mustang GT 9"x12" Graphite Pencil

So it's been a while, but I had to wait to post this one (it was a gift, and I didn't want to ruin the surprise). This was a bit of a challenge for me, as it's the second car I've ever done (the first being the old red Ford) but I really enjoyed it. Getting the perspective right was a bit rough, and I had a very hard time getting the front of the car to accurately match the back. I played around with it quite a bit, but I think it looks much better than the first time I thought it was done. Doing the shading on a black car, with the paint job reflecting light the way a car's exterior does, was something new for me. Originally I was thinking of doing something in the background, but ultimately chose to leave it blank, as I thought it would detract from the car itself. The shading is so busy as it is, creating a backdrop would have swallowed the car, and I didn't want that.
I really enjoyed this project, and the next is going to be something much bigger and more colorful. I'll keep you posted--now that school's underway things should be coming along a little faster, I hope:)

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Skidmore Yearbook Cover? 11"x14" Graphite Pencil

So I know it's been a looooong while, but I finally finished something. (Although I did finish a piece a few weeks ago, it's a present for a friend so I have to wait before I post it, but trust me it's worth it) A friend of mine here at Skidmore asked me if I'd be willing to do the cover of the yearbook as they were looking for something in particular, so I whipped this up over the past month. The yearbook theme this year is "In the Moment," and I thought this picture embodied that sort of idea.
I have some great Autumn themed pictures that I'm looking forward to doing with some pastels, but school's been pretty crazy so those might be a while in coming.
Have a great Halloween everyone and I'll be sure to the post the next piece as soon as it's fixed!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Monkey 11"x14"

I absolutely love how this piece turned out--I had been planning on doing this one for a while but put it off until I was down on Long Island and had a Saturday to myself. I finished it relatively quickly as I worked on it while working at the Farmer's Markets. I'm thrilled with how the shadowing came out, because that's what really drew me to the picture (taken by my brother Shaun) and I was  adamant that I capture that lighting because it made the picture so dynamic. I chose to do this piece in graphite pencil because I knew it would capture the depth and drama of the shadows, as well as give that sense of texture that you get from Monkey's fur. I'll have this piece made into prints as well as cards that will be available at the Farmer's Markets and select stores around the Southern NH area.  

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Margaret: In Loving Memory 8"x10"

Although this piece took me a little longer than I originally anticipated (a bit over two weeks), I'm really pleased with the outcome. I had a picture to work from that I was able to reproduce pretty accurately and then added a background that I thought would compliment the colors of the dog. This portrait was also done with colored pencils, which I think was a great medium to convey the coloring and texture of the dog, as well as add an interesting look to the background. The layering of the colors took a long time, and getting the tiny details (the teeth, the brindle coloring) was difficult but I'm really happy with how I was able to capture those little pieces that truly make the piece as accurate as possible to the subject.   

Old Ford 11"x14"

I finished this piece a few weeks ago but have only now gotten the chance to post it. I love how this one turned out--I started it with high hopes, didn't like the way the colors were turning out (i used colored pencils for the color) and put it away for a while, focusing on some other work. Finally I came back to it three weeks ago and played around with the colors, trying a little more layering and working the color until I got the bright red that I was looking for. I have this prints of this piece with me at the Farmer's Market as well as for sale at Moulton's Market in Amherst, NH.