Recently I’ve been very interested in the layered textures of flora and how those patterns are mimicked in flames. Incendium was created from that study.
incendium n (genitive incendiī); Latin
- A fire, inferno, conflagration; heat; torch.
- (heat of) passion, vehemence
Framed: Tabletop or Wall Display
Framed: UV Museum Glass
Framed: Wooden Frame 11x13
Medium: chalk pastel
Surface: Rives BFK
"Autumn" is now live for sale at http://EveryDayOriginal.com .This is a 6x8 original chalk pastel on BFK Rives printmaking paper in an 8x10 frame. Matted in a counter-top or wall frame with UV museum glass that reflects less and basically looks like there is no glass. This piece is inspired by the changing seasons and how much I love the Fall.
Here is a 60sec sneak peak of my 5min demo video that accompanies my 11 page Process PDF Tutorial. With this Tutorial I explain how to use chalk pastels and demonstrate my method with a step-by-step guide in creating a black and white portrait. This is my June reward for my patrons on Patreon.
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4x6 chalk pastel on BFK RIves paper. Available on May 10th at EveryDayOriginal.com. Check out my Newsletter for the price and frame dimension details.
This was a good challenge for me. I normally like doing portraits with dark hair, because the face is framed nicely with all that dark contrast. With this one I really had to control the values of the skin. I also wanted to have Peter Pan dirty since he was such a wild child, which adds more to the challenge for the skin tone. The old black and white 1954 film Lord of the Flies was very helpful reference for that dirty mud child look. You may also notice that Peter's eye seems to be brighter than the rest of the illustration. With my greyscale pastels, I usually prefer to use cold grey colors. However, with the pupil I used a warm light grey to give it some extra life.
"To die would be an awfully big adventure."
My latest piece for EveryDayOriginal.com. It sold pretty quick and I will admit that I'm slow posting my EDO announcements on my blog. However, I always include images of my next piece and its price in my newsletter before my EDO pieces goes live every 10th of the month. You can sign up for my newsletter by clicking here. And my social media (Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, and Instagram) usually get sneak peeks and announcements right when it goes live.
Anyway, I was inspired this week to draw a hardcore female warrior after finishing the Mistborn series. That was an amazing read and I love the characters. I highly suggest it. Also, I truly love Jon Foster's cover images for all 3 books. Beautiful. I named the piece Aife after a female warrior from Celtic mythology.
My inspiration gallery. A lot of this was found with Pinterest. Please forgive me for not having proper credit to the artists. If you recognize any of them, please comment below.
Rasputina is currently for sale at EveryDayOriginal.com. 4x6 original chalk pastel matted in 5x7 Frame with UV Protection Glass. I love this new glass. It reflects less and the clarity is so much better. Almost looks like there is no glass between you and the artwork.
Here is a sneak peek of Crimson Peak fanart I'm working on. I should finish it up this evening. I'll also be posting a time lapse process video later this week here on my blog and my other social media.
In other news, TOMORROW starting at 10am EveryDayOriginal.com is hosting a Month of Fear Sale event! You’ll be able to purchase some of your favorite pieces from October’s Month of Fear. My pieces include Trial and Reflection will be included in 11x14 frames matted.
Swift will go on sale tomorrow at EveryDayOriginal.com at 10am EST. I encourage you to sign up for my eNewsletter. Every month I include the piece and its sale price.
I really wanted to just focus on what I enjoy most out of every portrait I create. I love finding shapes that I can mold into a lovely face. I smooth out soft tones that play against hard lines like in the hair. And of course I love punching in those highlights :)
Hermes on sale at EveryDayOriginal.com on
Aug 10th, 10am EST.
8x10" chalk pastel on BFK Rives paper. Matted and in 11"x14" frame.
See the process and close-ups below!
One of the best pieces of advice I can give is this... don't be precious with your artwork. Don't have a fear of "messing up the good part" or "I'm going to keep this one good eye I drew and work on the rest." You cripple yourself if you don't have the freedom to explore. Sometimes the only way to work out a drawing is to start back at the beginning. If you did it once, you can do it again. Don't be precious with it and don't handcuff yourself to your drawing or your reference. You very well might find a better drawing if you're not scared to start again.
In honor of being a curator pick this month at EveryDayOriginal.com, I wanted to show the previous drawing that brought me to Winter Night with Jack Frost. It is for sale for $425. Go to EDO.com for details.
I started this portraits as a demo at my artist booth during an art show. To the left is the reference that I fell in love with and below (bottom left) is the drawing I ended with by the next day. I enjoyed drawing this piece for the subtle challenges it provided. I loved her mouth, the strokes I could play with in the clothing and naturally her cute freckles. However...I just wasn't super happy with it.
That weekend we left for Easter. The distance from my drawing was just what I needed. By the time I got back, I hated it. It was a fun exercise, but the face was too weird, the drawing was too stiff and I really didn't care about the character. I got too stuck on the reference and all the little pieces. So, I wiped it ALL out saving the basic shapes. I threw out the reference and just drew. I then discovered a more expressive and fun illustration, which has turned into one of my favorites. I wish I had kept my progress shots for this piece to further my point. I'll make an effort to document my next piece and post again.
Now for sale at EveryDayOriginal.com