Archive for August, 2017

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New Sketches: New Friends On the Bus

August 29, 2017

Recently a new bus service started into Austin from the town were I live, and the rides last week were free, so I took the opportunity to make some new friends along the way. These are pencil sketches of two students making their way into town, Belle and Suki.


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Painting Update 2: A Kiss On the Neck

August 20, 2017

A few spots need a little more tweaking, but it’s almost finished.

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Painting Update: A Kiss On the Neck

August 15, 2017

After getting sidetracked for a few days trying to earn some spending money, I’m back on this painting again. It seemed like I had gotten too rusty from being away so long, working extra hard to get her face just right, but I think I’m getting the hang of it now. Maybe things will go more smoothly when I switch over to the guy’s head.

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New Painting Started: A Kiss On the Neck

August 7, 2017

I’m finally getting around to starting a new painting. It’s based on an old photo of mine of two friends, John and Sarah, who posed for me.

This is the undertone I’ve put down in a thin ink wash made of sepia India ink from Sennelier. The surface is a small piece of Multimedia Artboard, 8 x 16 inches. I’ll be using casein as my paint media on top of this.

Although the Mutimedia Artboard has both a smooth and rough side, this is actually on the smooth side, even though it looks rough. It’s just due to the way the thin wash is absorbed into the surface. I rather like the texture, and may try to keep it in the final.

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Two Pencil Portrait Sketches

August 1, 2017

Here are a couple portrait sketches I made recently. I first was done at a meeting in Austin awhile back on the subject of immigration. While there, I shot some short video of the people who came, including this fellow, Kamal, who I made a quick sketch of on paper, and used the video later for reference to get the shading right.

Later that evening I stopped for some Chinese food, and sketched this guy who was sitting across the room. No video help on this one.