Sunday, June 27, 2010

Watercolor experiment

Up till now I've been using acrylic paints, but I've always wanted to try watercolor. I tried watercolor years ago....but stopped because it's very difficult. These are my first attempts just using ivory black.

 It's very hard to control and it's different than painting with acrylics. I'm not sure what the right way is to paint with watercolors, but I've been starting with a very diluted very light black and sort of work my way to the darker colors. Takes a lot of patience...which I don't have as seen here and below.


The painting above is of one of my muses, Natalie Portman and the one to the right is of the Rocketeer.
In the photo reference I was using for Natalie her right eye is covered in shadow and I rendered it as so, but looking at it now I should have added a bit of highlight in there. I think I'll keep practicing with it from time to time though acrylic is still my comfort zone.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Gorilla


It's incredibly sad to say that the gorilla is an endangered species, but they are. Hard to believe that they were only discovered in 1902 and that the DNA of gorillas is 97%  identical to humans.  http://gorillafund.org
On canvas board 14"x18"

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Abby


 

This is my sister's beloved dog Abby, who passed away a couple of months ago. On canvas 16"x20"