This is Sentiment 1 of 7: Red Ambition. I need a more consistent body of work, so I’m going to try my hand at a series of pieces. These are going to be two-hour digital paintings, focusing on staying loose and painterly.

Sentiment 1 of 7: Red Ambition

Just about done with this digital piece. Time to spread it around the internet and ask for critiques!

I’m struggling with the composition because I really wanted to convey a sense of depth and scale (and I made the file huge, so I would have no problem printing it out if I wanted to) but with this elongated vertical composition, the detail I’ve put in is lost. Hmm. I’m going to sit back and think about it.

The online JPG’s are quite pixellated, too (they’re not that way when viewed directly from my computer). I’m not sure what this is due to…hopefully, I’ll be able to figure it out.

I’ll write more about this piece later!

So, originally I conceived her to be a muse of passion, peace and poise, hence her name: “Aozora” (青空, blue sky). She stayed that way for the color pencil drawing, but for the oil painting she transformed into something else entirely. I call her the “Égérie verte” (green muse). I don’t know her true name, but I do know her meaning: she embodies jealousy, pain, ire and delirium.

Here’s the process:

I ended up taking a lot of photos of this piece because even though I spent what I thought was plenty of time laying out the composition beforehand, it still ended up lopsided, so I used my phone’s photo editing app to constantly flip the photos.

Also, new studio! Turns out my phone can take panoramas (I’m not sure why the little panorama symbol appears on the photo…it doesn’t on my computer):
So, what next? I dunno. I’m thinking of trying a new program called Art Rage–it’s supposed to feel more painterly than Photoshop. Maybe I’ll finish that darn comic I’ve been meaning to work on!

I was working on a study of this lovely model when I came across an awesome contest on James Gurney’s blog. Now, I love Mucha and I love art nouveau, so I simply could not pass this up, and thus I decided to convert my study into a finished digital painting for the contest:

“Lionfish Shampoo” – digital painting
model credit: Chamberstock

I can’t wait to see the other entries…I’m going to be in an art nouveau coma!

Why, hello there. Two things:


“Portrait of a Gentleman”, oil on canvas, 16 in x 20 in

From this, I learned it’s pretty freaking hard to bullshit fabric. Well, lesson learned, I guess? It definitely made me think hard about the my plans for the next oil I had in mind…it was going to require a really lovely gown, and now I figure if I don’t find the right references for that gown, the painting is not going to happen.


“La Femme-bête”, digital painting

Just something simple. I may explore this concept in a more detailed painting later, probably an oil.

Anyway, bye.

Just a small update for today because I’m currently fighting it out with an oil piece that’s giving me a lot of trouble. I’ll post pics as soon as it stops looking like a pile of crap, promise. So, two things:

1) If you haven’t heard of Proko and you want to learn to draw, this is the place to start. His drawing videos are fantastic, and he is starting a series of videos specific to figure drawing, which I am very excited about. Now, I’m a big fan of art books and I have quite a few, and maybe you do, too, but seriously–check out these videos. They are very engaging and the concepts/processes are not only described but demonstrated marvelously. At any rate, I am going to go ahead and shamelessly link to the premium membership in the hopes of winning one. If I don’t get it, it’ll be at the top of my birthday list! 🙂

2) I have two pieces (L’Escargot aux yeux écarquillés and A Drawing in Likeness of the Queen, With Ceremonial Sword) in Gallery Provocateur’s Modern Muse exhibition and the opening reception is this Saturday! The gallery is in a new space since last year with high, airy ceilings; as an aerialist, this is a vast improvement in my opinion, but I suppose the labyrinthine quality of the last one, albeit small, had its charm. When I dropped off my pieces, I had the pleasure of getting a glimpse of other artists’ work there (some from the previous show and some that will be in Modern Muse)…beautiful, enchanting eccentricities that are not to be missed!