Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Tiny Update

Not much of an update as this change to the painting was done the same day I had done the previous step I posted. Decided that I really wanted to roughly lay in the trees and adjust the sky color some while the paint was still wet. Wanted to re-paint the snow with it being dry. I should have stuck closer to reference for the trees. You can see it in my color study but I've really painted the trees in too regular of intervals. Randomness can be very difficult to do. Still need to add lots of little branches. Probably going to try to beef up or skinny up some of the 4 larger trees to try to break that repition. Maybe even add in another big one someone in there to break up the rhythm. Also still need to add the greener bushes and trees that are on the ridge and just over the hill. I think I'm going to try to use a sponge to paint those bushes and trees. We'll see how it goes. Bark on the tree is vague at the moment. I'll get more specific with that. Still having to remind myself to not worry about painting everything in a single pass because thinking that way on such a big painting could make me go crazy.
Things are going great still. Going to absolutely put last year's income to shame. I think GenCon may be huge for me this year. It looks like I'll be replacing 13 images from last years portfolio! I don't think I've ever had that big of a rotation in a single year. I've still got a ton of work to do before GenCon so that number of 13 may even increase some more.

Speaking of which, my sketch for the crazy ambitious painting just got approved. There are at least 18 figures in it although in many cases you just see a head or arm exposed. I've got a nice budget and am working digitally so I'll be able to hire some very good pro models. So I'm pretty excited about that.

Also, got commissioned to work on my second book cover for Mark Fassett and am really excited to work with him again. Unfortunately that piece will probably be completed after GenCon. :(

I'm flooded with work at the moment and am just a busy little bee. I'm booked pretty solid until September and even then I'll still have stuff to work on throughout the year. I had to raise my rates significantly and thought I'd lose a big client but they actually met my rate. Happy to be making more money but I wouldn't mind a more relaxed schedule. It looks like I'll be able to go on a real vacation this year where I can truly relax and not have work on the mind.

Also, it's been a month since Finn has had any ear infections!! YAY. Thank goodness for ear tubes.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

First pass

I've been having a perfect storm of computer problems lately. Ended up having to back my entire hard drive up and then restore to factory settings. So I had a while today to do a first rough pass at my huge painting.
Working a little different from normal. Trying not to worry about getting it all done in a pass. So I've left out the characters and trees at the moment. Little worried about going back into the sky once it's dried. I think I'll have to slowly repaint each section with higher finish. Snow is too saturated and blue. Bright parts of sky could be less yellow and underside of clouds could be more purple.Painted most of this with the palette knife. So it's kind of thick. Will probably scrape it down so that it's not too lumpy for the next pass.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Figure drawings

Some life drawing from last night.




 Also, I decided for working on the easel I needed to get a decent palette.. I had just been using plexiglass in my drafting table drawer since I had been doing my paintings on my drawing table. The palettes at the store were all extremely small. My friend Richard had several palettes traced off of old masters palettes so I tried out a few and picked out this design/size. I'm adding the coats of linseed oil now.