I recently completed 18 pieces for a personal show called "Tall Trees and Chicory." It was organized by my friend Kim and I as a way to explore our styles and push ourselves to create a new body of personal work. The only restraint was that it needed to be nature themed. With that I did 3 series of work that I'll probably be adding to throughout the year.
I created 3 conceptual portraits that are very personally to me. They deal mostly with self-confidence. Then there is the flower faces series to explore ethnicity and our different facial proportions. And last, a series of studies of Louisiana wildlife and nature. These were most beneficial in learning my style and my way of mark marking. My style is effortless when creating portrait work, but other subject matter is more difficult for me to break down. I learned more than I thought I would with those studies. I have a habit of "render" studies rather than applying my style. *Note: I'll be post process work for a lot of these pieces on my Patreon as part of October's reward for my patrons. In fact, I've already posted some progress work since starting this series back in April. To learn more go to my Patreon.
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11x16 chalk pastel on paper. This was the first of a personal series I started. Sometimes I feel frustrated and melancholy when trying to find that next great idea. I honed in on that feeling and created this piece.
12x16 chalk pastel on paper. I think all artist go through ups and downs when developing their portfolio. This piece represents that feeling of when things are starting to come together. When your ambition and confidence is blooming again.
12x16 chalk pastel on paper. "Meta" is defined as self-referring. Basically, I feel like I'm making a positive transition in my career where I'm learning what type of work I want to do and who I am as an artist.
Water Hyacinth (blue) and Peony (pink)
This is the start of a new series exploring different races. My next piece will be Native Americans of southern New Orleans.
Louisiana wildlife and nature studies.
Available framed and matted.
All these pieces are for sale. Originals are framed and matted and prints available. I'm currently having a big sale which will benefit buys of originals most. It is 10% off your entire order including prints and originals. I need to make room for new inventory!
So, if you've had your eye on something, now would be the time to snag it. Ends in 3 days! Go shopping.
I'm nearly done! Many have wondered how I use chalk pastels to create finished illustrations. Pastels are a soft dry media, which can make them frustrating to use to many artists. But I personally find them very versatile and they have their own strengths compare to other media. I decided to create a PDF Tutorial explaining my method and how to handle them. I'll be including a step-by-step guide of all my stages while making a black and white portrait. I may also be releasing a bonus video of the full process with commentary later in the month. *wink wink* It'll be offered to my patrons on Patreon for $11 (Tier 3 and up.)
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I'm going to try to do 1 weekly study for 30-60mins with the Facebook group The Ultimate Study Group, which is free to join by any artist. My personal goal for this is to attack imagery that is difficult. So probably wont be making pretty finished art. Just some good ol' studies with my chalk pastels and reflect on where I went wrong. Focus this week: Scales
Some of the things I learned:
- Need to work on my contrast between the scales.
- Reflection on the eye could be more engaging and stronger.
- Need to become more aware of the direction and thickness of the scales to put down better and more believable strokes.
- May need to work bit larger to get in those details or buy some pastel pencils to experiment. This paper was 4x6.