As we all get more excited at the prospect of the new Star Wars movie I decided to create a scene. The painting measures approx. 11 in x 22 in. and was created using watercolors, gouache, and a little ink.
This is a piece that I recently entered into the Third Thursday critique contest that is hosted by www.svslearn.com. Lee White, a talented artist from Portland Oregon critiqued my piece. You can see a sample of Lee’s work here. Pictured in this post is the revised work based on Lee’s suggestions. Thank you Lee!
The task was to illustrate any part of the Jack and the Bean Stalk story. I created my piece using both traditional and digital tools. The base painting was done using watercolors on Arches board. That was scanned into the computer and then adjustments and other elements were added digitally. I’m pretty happy with the final, revised image.
I completed 3 small 9×12 in. oil paintings this week. I have been watching the video lessons created by Richard Robinson. I find his methods easy to follow. I like oil painting but it is much messier when creating and you have to be patient and allow the paintings to dry. Sometimes this takes weeks. I use M. Graham Oils and they are fantastic to work with!
I was fortunate enough to have my piece “Amanda’s Surprise” critiqued by the fine group of artists (Jake Parker, Will Terry, and Lee White) found at SVS Learn Third Thursday. While they had many favorable comments they also had a lot of constructive critique as well. Thanks guys!! I reworked the image using all those suggestions…well not the gun but it was a nice thought Jake.
Here are the changes:
1. Added volume to the girl’s hair.
2. Shortened her left forearm.
3. Fixed her stance.
4. Added some additional light to the inside of the room.
5. Switched up the position of the bugs to add some interesting variance to the composition.
6. Darkened the table, chair and the bugs.
Compare the reworked image to the one I submitted. While I didn’t win the “prize” I was pleased to get a critique no the less. Three other worthy images were selected as the winners. Check them out at www.svslearn.com
So if you haven’t checked out the “Third Thursday Critiques” offered by the fine folks at www.svslearn.com do it now! I’ve purchased many of Will Terry and Jake Parker’s tutorials and they are well worth the money.
Another “Third Thursday” is approaching and the assignment was to create an illustration for the prompt “Amanda was so excited for her first day at the cottage until…”
This is a digital painting I completed this week for entry. I can’t stress enough how important it is to have a “solid” drawing as the foundation for the painting. I re-worked this drawing several times. Perspective is such a tricky thing to master. I’ve got a lot of work to do!
I started sketching this cat over the last two weeks. Inspired by our late cat Jack I wanted to show the “Hairball” from creation to delivery from the view of a cat. I had fun creating this.