I was in Belgium with my class for a few days. Nothing huge, but a great little vacation. And while I was there, I took the time to do some sketches. Since I'm working on illustrations that involve animals, I took a trip to a local sweet water aquarium. I did live studies of the … Continue reading Fish, Fish Drawings, and other Stuff
I did some more work on my painting, putting down the base colors. As you can see, there are some strong contrasts in this picture. For the most part, those will remain strong in the finished piece. I like the thin strip of light in the back of the shack. Like a slimmer of hope … Continue reading Work in Progress: Base Colors
I found a stash of old cardboard in the basement the other day. I will be painting 6 illustrations of a creation cycle, so I figured that I could use the cardboard as a sketch base. I drew a bunch of fish, portraits and flying birds of different kinds. I am also currently writing a … Continue reading Look at the Birds…
After putting together a new canvas and priming it with a good layer of white and light brown, I could start sketching in the basic shapes of the composition. It's moments like these that you realize that scale can really make a difference: It was easier for me to draw the paper sketch than to … Continue reading Work in Progress: A new Painting!
I finally have started working on a new oil painting. I primed the canvas, and I made the first "real" sketch (picture above). It's been something that I wanted to do for a while, yet I never actually started until now. Why is that important? Because having an idea is not the same as actually … Continue reading Make the First Move!
I have a commission for a set of creation-themed illustrations. Since I have a rough idea what the layout and style will be, I have started doing some more detailed study sketches of animals. After all, what creation is complete without animals? (Sorry for the poor image quality, the lighting was not that great when … Continue reading Illustrations Sketches!
Yesterday, I stayed home from school, because I was sick. But you never know what will come your way, even on a sick day. Yesterday, I experienced three unexpected things: When I went shopping, I had to shovel my car out of 30cm of fresh snow. It was cold, wet and windy. But successful. I … Continue reading Three unexpected Things
Happy belated New Year everyone! I don't know if new year's resolutions are a thing for you, but if you haven't broken your resolution yet, congratulations! :) I don't do resolutions, but I do set goals. And one of those goals is to complete new art work that serves a good purpose. Despite my health … Continue reading Starting 2018 with… Creation!
I would like to take the opportunity to recap the year, and thank those of you who followed the year with me. Thank you to everyone who supports me, in what ever way. Everyone who comments, likes and shares my work, online or in real life, that really means something to me. So in honor … Continue reading 2017- Recap
I finally finished the elephant mask! I originally made it as a birthday present for a good friend of mine, but since it took so long, it will now be a big birthday/christmas present. I think it's the largest mask I've ever made, but considering that, it's quite comfortable to wear. :) A few days … Continue reading The Elephant in the Room
I have been working on a cowboy costume for the past few weeks. And on Sunday, it got to present itself to the world of the student costume party! :) The motto was "Throwback Thursday", and the best costume got a prize. Quite a few people showed up in costume, including a fighter pilot, a … Continue reading Costume Party!
Yesterday, I spent the afternoon creating a collage sign. Today, that sign was out on the annual Christmas market down in the village: I, and a few other students set up a booth there, so we could get in touch witht the locals a little. We sold cotton candy, handmade soap, and handmade paper-beed necklaces. … Continue reading A Christmas Market Fundraiser!
It's cold and rainy these days and it gets dark before 5 PM. This is not the kind of thing to encourage a person. But luckily there is a lot you can do indoors, like studying, or reading, or making costumes. I finally could bring my mannequin out from the art room in the basement … Continue reading Some Updates
I've been working on this mannequin project over the course of the last month. I will use it to design costumes and display them once they are finished. A couple of days ago, The mannequin got its burlap "skin" coat, and today I painted that coat light grey. When that dries, I can consider this … Continue reading Final Touches on the Mannequin (and other Things)
I've been working on my mannequin and adding new layers to stabilize it. I will add a final layer of white-painted burlap to finish it off. The reason I made this mannequin is to use it in making my costumes. And for starters, I will be making a cowboy-costume for a christmas party (costume party … Continue reading Work in Progress: A Costume and a Mannequin