Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Watching Art

During my time at The University of Hartford this summer, I got to watch C.F. Payne create this week's Time cover. It was an amazing process. He got his sketches accepted on Monday and shipped the final art Tuesday afternoon. Here's some pictures of him working.

Monday, July 26, 2010

The Finish

I failed to post the ongoing progress of my Texas painting... but here's the finished work. Thanks to my fan for the reminder. :)

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Moving Along...

I've laid down the first oil wash and started working on the background. I'm really enjoying this piece.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Final Sketch

Here is the final sketch. The story is that the cowboy is confident untill he makes eye contact with the bull - then he gets scared. I keep laughing at it... I might do a "Far Side" inspired comic to go with the painting to give some more insight into the story... we'll see.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Here We Go Again...

Here is my thumbnail for my Forth Worth, TX painting. My thought is to play off of the fear bull riders must feel before they ride. They put on a tough look (probably because they are tough)... but what about the rookie cowboy who is riding for the first time?

My final idea is a little different from my sketch, but this is where it started.

Thursday, May 13, 2010


An older painting, but I'm using it for Illustration Friday. It's inspired by the movie, Glory. Finding peace amidst civil war.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

It's Finished

Here is the final art. I turn it in next week in Texas, so we'll see what my professors say. The assignment was to create a painting from southern California. The setting is The Castle Green Hotel in the 1920's, which is located in Pasadena, CA. When I left for Pasadena last November, my son and I were reading The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary - which also takes place in a hotel in southern California. I thought it would be fun to mix the two together - I even used a 1920's Indian motorcycle for the mouse. It was a lot of fun. So what's so scary about southern California? Mice on motorcycles. I hope you enjoyed the process.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Getting Close

I'm getting close to the finish. I think I'm done with the women, and I hope to finish up the man tonight. Then it's just background and the object they're looking at.

Monday, March 1, 2010

A Good Weekend

I was able to make some good progress this weekend. Here's another view of the developing work.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Slowly but Surely...

I've started developing the characters. It's one of the scariest places to get to for me because it's a turning point for the art from drawing to painting. I feel confident with the sketch and washes... and I feel confident once I'm painting and shading... but this in-between area can make or break it for me. I think I'm passed the scariest part though, and am excited to work some more tonight. Now it's just making this thing happen.

I'm trying to be careful with the hands and skin tones... two critiques I had from the Babe Ruth painting in the fall. (See below.) I know those are problem areas, and vividly remember learning to watch out for those areas in college... but when you're working fast, sometimes you fall back into your old habits.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Initial Color Washes

I've started laying in color and mapping out how the light source will affect the images. It is an evening painting in an old hotel. 1920's. Warm lighting. Their is a window behind the couple that will portray the evening sky with palm trees, etc.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Monday, February 8, 2010

What's So Scary About Southern California?

I am currently working on a few projects for my MFA program, and I thought it would be a good idea to post the process. This assignment is to paint something from our trip to Southern California... so far the models were great and the sketch is coming along nicely... you'll have to watch the process to find out what's so scary!