oil, graphite & colored pencil on 24″x36″ canvas
acrylic, graphite & colored pencil on 18″x24″ gesso board
I’m starting 2013 with something simple and also revisiting an old idea. I did a couple of drawings of a woman in this sleeping pose around ten years ago. Needless to say, I’ve improved since then.
That also brings up something in my mind about when people see my older work and really like it. Part of me doesn’t want to be modest and thank them but instead say, “Wait, that’s old. I’m much better now.”
“Memory of Little Happiness”
embellished 5″x7″ oval print in a hand painted frame
Believe it or not I found this frame at a Hobby Lobby. It was the only one and I had to have it. It was white though. So I painted it to gave it this aged, antique effect. Then this little sketch became the cute but creepy thing I wanted to put in it. I didn’t want to ruin the original drawing though. Instead I toned the image in Photoshop, printed it, and did a little more to it by hand before cutting it down to fit the frame.
graphite on 9″x12″ paper
It seems like it’s been a while since I’ve done something in my more graphic, illustrative style. Much of my more recent artwork has been loosely referenced off photos. So you definitely see my comic and anime influences when drawing freehand. I also brought back a “character” I used in the painting “Mad Season”.
“The Slow Burn”
graphite on 9.5″x14″ watercolor paper
This is small drawing to help keep me sharp since I’m in-between large paintings or “major works” right now. There’s something nice about doing a little piece that’s simple and doesn’t take days or even weeks to get done.
“After the Masquerade”
oil, graphite & colored pencil on 16″x20″ gesso board
Much of the work I’ve been doing lately relates to each other in one way or another. This painting is a follow up to artwork and photography I’ve done with a masquerade mask. “After the Masquerade” reveals what was underneath the mask.