Tuesday, April 16, 2019

The Crown Sign: Part II

Time to get after The Crown Sign.

I still need to add cars, street markings, and lettering.  After all of that new line work is in place, I will finish off the colors for this first layer.  Next time we'll take a look at what's been happening with Money-A-Tize.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

The First Layer of Imagery For Kyklopes

Here is Kyklopes as I tackle the early stages of the canvas (laying down base colors, painting the carved wood letter blocks, etc.).

Kyklopes with all of the base colors in place.

The canvas is pretty juicy right now, so I will have time to do some sketches and try to figure out what I want the base layer of imagery/line work to be.

Now that Kyklopes is dry, I start adding the line work.

Including a few of my notes from my Theater Appreciation class I took over 20 years ago...

I still want to add a few more things here...

...and here...

...and here...

...and probably here as well.

More detail shots.

This is what everything looks like when you take a few steps back from the piece.

There is at least one area where I need to paint in the circle so I can paint a bunch of figures over it (it's waaaaaay easier than trying to paint around the figures later...).

I need to add some color.  Here is my color palette for this layer (it will also make an appearance in another piece called  Money-A-Tize).

Let us begin.

Next time we check in with Kyklopes, I will be adding some more line work and finishing the first layer of color(s).

Friday, April 5, 2019

Temple of Zeus

When I start a piece, I usually lay down some base colors and let my response to them be the starting point for how the piece evolves.  In the case of Temple of Zeus, I had such a non-reaction to the colors, my first response was to go back and paint a different set of colors for the base.

So this is what the 'manual recount' looks like.

As an added bonus, I have been starting to think of expanding my painted constructions horizontally with multiple panels.  These 'expansions' can be painted, sculptural, carving, collage, whatever.  I have had a small panel hanging around the studio for years that was glittered by the 4-foot assassin back in the day.

I got the cool star-shaped glitter while being the juror for a show at Western Illinois University (Exploring Media -Glitter).  The show was the culmination of this really cool class taught by the unassailably cool Mr. Tim Waldrop (you can and should check out his artwork by clicking on this link: http://www.timwaldrop.com/).  Every semester he offers Exploring Media, he springs a new medium on his students and they have to adapt to the challenges of the medium and make some kind of artwork with it.  Examples of media for past classes include: glitter; spray foam; and duct tape -just to name a few.

Time to add a small bust and a dialog bubble to the star-glitter canvas.

Paired with the larger canvas.

I still want to add at least one more panel on the right.  Possibly a carving?  But first, I need to deal with the central canvas.

Next time we check in with Temple of Zeus, we'll take a look at the first layer of color and perhaps even have another panel (or two?) to consider for the entire composition.