painting stages

Adding color

I really wanted to start experimenting more with color in my portraits. Most of my paintings have a strong presence of color either in the background or in some feature, but I haven't been extremely daring in adding a huge color variation to my skin tones. I decided that for my next portrait I would take it to a more extreme level & see how it goes! This painting definitely started with lighter hues & became more vibrant as I became more confident with color. Here's a few pics of my progress so far...

The hair & shirt still needs a fair amount of work, but I'm enjoying the evolution of this one!

In the works

 

My newest and latest painting I'm starting is going to be of one of my favorite animals, an ELEPHANT. I've done a few different variations of elephant artwork over the last year or so (that can be seen in some of the works I have completed). From a flat graphic interpretation, a bright patterned display and watercolor with pen variation, it's a subject that continues to evolve in my work. For this newest and latest custom piece, I have recently sketched out a rough outline. This elephant is going to be on a 30 x42 inch stretched canvas and will be done in oils. I'm planning on taking a realistic approach regarding the elephant's face and anatomy but adding in some slightly unusual colors for the skin, ears and trunk. Stay tuned for progression :) 

in front of the outlined sketch

in front of the outlined sketch

excited to get some real paint down. 

excited to get some real paint down. 

 

Cat Commission

 

 I've been getting more requests for animals as of lately, including some pets! I'm a huge animal lover & I always admire how much people care for and adore their own animals, so it's fun when a client wants something specially done. The last commission I just finished up was a square painting (36 x 36 in.) of three different cats. Because cats can be a little tricky to photograph (especially when I'm trying to get all three kitties to look at me at once) I decided to reference separate photographs for each cat. The clients I were working with had a very specific image of how they wanted the three cat heads fading into each other and the background- it's great when there's a clear "picture" of what somebody wants out of a painting :) 

Here's the three photographs I used for the painting along with the final result! meow. 

 

Outlines

 

Depending on the subject, I find that properly outlining a drawing can make a huge difference to my painting process. Once I have my image sketched on my canvas or panel I like to outline the pencil lines so I don't lose the fine details and specific marks in the process. Usually I just use a little bit of burnt sienna with some gamsol to get a very thin & light line down on my new piece. The light layer of paint keeps outlines identifiable and can easily be covered up once thicker paint is laid down.