Friday, June 29, 2012

Half Done

Here is the finished picture that I have been working on. It is half of the set of  4 I was commissioned to do this time around. If the client likes it, it is finished. Lots of blood, but I am very pleased with both of their expressions and the overall on to something else for a picture or two and then back to fighting! "Bronco and Chulo, Last Fight", 8 1/2 x 11 Acrylic, Pro White and a tiny bit of Prisma Color on Canson board. Prints available. Picture 40.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Bloody Brutal Work part 2

Well, since I have had some reactions to my first post of this name and since I understand the concerns that doing some types of art cause people (including myself), I decided to look into this whole subject. As an artist I try hard to NOT stay in my comfort zone, I like being chalenged and doing stuff I don't normally do. So the original commission of fighting boys was both welcome and a bit off putting. Both because I had never done anything like this and because it was not a subject I was into.

As the work progresssed, I was actually proud of myself for doing them and how well I thought they came out. I was happy that they represented what they were meant to illustrate and in my oppinion, they were also good art!

So, this time around, with the negative comments about the subject, my mind went back to art history and artists from the past...and just doing a quick search online I found these artsis works and realized, I am not doing anything diffent than them and have no problems with doing this subject.

Thomas Eakins, one of my favorite artists, most likely gay and a great painter, did boxing and fighting paintings! George Bellows, was the name and picture that came to mind when I realised doing this kind of art was NOT new or bad! He is very famouse for his realistic, gritty, boxing paintings. These were paintings of boxing before the "modern" rules, when it was much bloodier! And a new artist I had not heard of, Richard Slone, has paintings in the Boxing Hall of Fame and shows some pretty bloody and graphic scenes!

So in the end, this "bloody and brutal work" is nothing new or wrong and has a beauty of it's own. IF you are one of my readers/followers/veiwers/fans and you don;t care for this subject...ignore these posts! I will be doing cute boys, lovely lads and furry creatures soon enough!


Ah, Poetic Post About Hate Mail

Please go back and read his post that this one is responding to....very good!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Bronco Next Step

Here is the black and white study for the new Bronco picture...if the cleint likes it, color will be next!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Tiny Portrait 2

I did a portrait for  and it was less than well recieved, so I did a new one. This is an ACEO, 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 Acrylic on Canson board. Picture 39.

Bloody Brutal Work

Well, it will be when I get to the end. This is the next picture in the fight series I am doing on commission. Very rough and chunky, but will get refined as it goes. This is step one "Bronco and Chulo Last Fight", 8 1/2 x 11 pencil on Canson board.

Koreas Got Talent...
Read the subtitles, this is one of those amazing stories.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Now With Mice

OK, finally finished the picture I had been working on and I like has some things I am not thrilled with, but overall I think I should stop now and be happy with what I have done. "Cat's Magic", 11 x 15, Acrylic and Pro White on Canson board. Original and prints for sale. Picture 38.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Sill In the Works

Slowly this is coming along..."Cat's Magic" work in progress 2...

No Salvation

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Happy Solstice!

I suspect this has been posted before, but I had a few choices for what to post in honor of the Solstice and this is one I always liked and think works well (even if it is a night and not a day picture). This was done in 1994, it is the size of a CD jewel case (done to fit in one), Acrylic and watercolor colored pencil on Canson board. "Child of the Tuatha, To Make the Stones Dance". As always, prints available.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

New Old Whatever

I started this maybe a year ago or more, I can not remember. But it never got finished and I like it so I am trying to now finish it. It will have several changes from my original concept (the jewelry is going to change for one thing). But here is a photo of the work in progress of "Cat's Magic", 11 x 15 Acrylic on Canson board.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Father's Day 2

And since my boy is now all grown up, he is 27, and a dad himself, here is a picture of  my son Joe and his son Logan. ( think I posted this before, but oh well!)

Father's Day

In honor of Father's day and because I am so happy  to be in touch with my boy again, I am posting a collection of his school pictures. His age 8 picture (where he wore his SCA garb) is my favorite. :)

Friday, June 15, 2012

Night Fight Finished

OK, unless the client says otherwise, this is the finished version of "Bronco, Night Fight", 8 1/2 x 11 Acrylic, Pro White and a tiny bit of Prisma color on Canson board. Prints available. Picture 37.

Fighting Again 2

Second step in "Bronco, Night Fight",  this is the black and white study, finished picture later today or tomorrow. 8 1/2 x 11 Acrylic on Canson board.

Fighting Again

I am finally getting started on the next set of 4 pictures commissioned for the creator/author of "Bronco". Here is the first sketch for "Bronco, Night Fight", this has allot of hard to get right ideas in it...a fight, lit by cars at night...etc. Anyway, this is the rough pencil, next step soon to follow. 8 1/2 x 11 pencil on Canson board.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Better Late Than Never

This was started a few weeks back, when I did the other hand colored prints but I never finished  coloring it. Now I have, so here is "Atlantian Noble", 8 1/2 x 11 printed on Canson paper and hand colored with Acrylic and a little Prisma Color. Original and prints for sale. Picture 36.

Pennsic Signs?

Which of these would look best as a sign for my shop at Pennsic?

Monday, June 11, 2012

Time to Stop

I could continue to work on this, but as it is not for anything other than me wanting to do it I really should not spend any more time on it. Knowing when to stop is very important for any artist. So, I guess this is the finished "Gypsy Elf", 8 1/2 x 11, Acrylic, Pro White, small amount of watercolor colored pencil and Prisma Color on Canson board. Original and prints for sale. Picture 35.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Still Trying Again

Step 2 in the Gypsy Elf picture.

Still Trying

I am still trying to get stuff I am supposed to be doing done, but things like this keep wanting to be done instead...I hope to post something I can check off my to do list soon! But for now, here is the start of a just for fun picture. "Gypsy Elf" (working title), 8 1/2 x 11 Acrylic on Canson board.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

More From Japan

Well the inspiration is from japan anyway. This is a bit more complex and not as typical of the Japanese print inspired pictures I have been doing. I really am happy with how this worked out. "Garden Meditation", 8 x 10, Acrylic, Micron marker and watercolor colored pencil on Canson board. Original SOLD! Prints available. Picture 34.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Coloring the Devil

Well, actually just a little imp. I have always loved this picture, originally done for my "Darkness & Light" black and white book (now out of print). I finally was able to do a colored version..."Daydreaming Imp", Print on Canson paper hand colored with Acrylic and Prisma Colors. Original and prints available. Picture 33.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Study in Blue

Here is another old black and white picture printed on dark blue Canson paper and then hand colored. I always loved this pose and overall look but the color adds allot I think. "Howling Wynd", 6 x 11, Acrylic on Canson paper. Original and prints available. Picture 32.