Thursday, July 16, 2015

Illustration Friday: "Garden"

"Walking at Pemberley"

Inspired by a request from an online art friend, this was drawn with a 00 brush and Speedball Super Black ink on Canson Illustration paper.  I drew it quite fast;  as usual I was running late for Illustration Friday!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Illustration Friday: Sharp

"The Flowered Gown"

I thought this week would be ideal for another figure drawing/historical fashion combination illustration so that's what I created.  Originally I intended it to be funny, which in a way it is, but not in the silly way I originally imagined.  I worked harder on it than I had planned and it took on a life of its own.  So I decided against giving it a funny name and present it here as "The Flowered Gown".

I used Higgins Black Magic ink drawn with a Hunt 102 (crow quill) nib on Arches Aquarelle watercolor paper.  The watercolors are from my mixed-up collection of Grumbacher and Winsor & Newton.

Here are the reference photos I used:


The figure drawing site I used is here: (Link)  The site seems to have changed or is being reconstructed because as of the time of this post it doesn't work properly for me.  I'm including the link because the site has been great to use in the recent past and I'm sure it will again soon.  It's weird that the pose is a big Viking guy and I wanted to draw a woman, but the axe was perfect for this week's "sharp" theme and I liked his expression.

The site I used for historical fashion is The Metropolitan Museum of Art's site here: (Gown Link).

Thanks for visiting!


Thursday, June 18, 2015

Illustration Friday: "Vacation"

I'm so late on this that there was no time for ink to dry before painting on it!  So I shaded it with lines instead.  This was drawn with 0 and 00 brushes and Speedball Super Black ink, which is easy to find and I think makes nice lines.



Thursday, May 14, 2015

Souvenir Plates for the 140th Preakness Stakes

This year's set of hand-painted Preakness Stakes souvenir plates is done and delivered!  I've been commissioned for the past several years by the Maryland Jockey Club to create gift plates for the owners of the horses entered in each year's Preakness.  I really like this plate design, although the border of little squares took a LOT longer to paint than I expected it to!  The design is based on elements of this year's official Preakness logo.

I use Folk Art Enamels to paint these.  The simple, white plates were purchased at Pier One.

There are 8 horses entered in this year's race.

This plate is for the 2015 Kentucky Derby winner.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Haunting a House

The address has been obscured.

This is a custom haunted house portrait that I recently completed.  A client sends me a couple of clear pictures of their house and I draw it in pen and ink as a whimsical, creepy-cute haunted house!  For this one, my customer wanted their address included in the art and their dog chasing a black cat.

This was an 8"x10" paper size to fit in a standard frame.  I used Strathmore watercolor paper, a crow quill pen (Hunt nib 102) and Higgins Black Magic ink.  Here are a few process shots:

First pencil rough on left, Photoshop edit on right

Retraced final sketch

Transferred to watercolor paper and ready for ink

Inking in progress, address obscured

I do these custom house portraits through my Etsy shop.  For now the listing there is for 4x6, but 5x7, 6x8 and 8x10 can be requested.  Below is another completed house, this one at 6"x8".

The ravens were my client's idea!