Completed Drawing

I recently finished my drawing “Charity”.  Working with perspective like this is a challenge but I learn every time I put forth this much effort.  It’s also easier every time.   Now I just need to buy some spray fixative so it won’t smudge all over the place.

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“Charity” shows an example of this virtue

Concept Drawings

Hi all, I’d like to report what I’m working on currently.  I am working on a new series  titled “Seven Heavenly Virtues” in which I conceptualize the virtues of chastity, temperance, charity, diligence, patience, kindness, humility.  Instead of going with characters just kind of floating in space I’m placing them in actual situations so each resulting painting can look like it’s part of a story.  I’m having so much fun making these drawings and I’m excited to turn them all into paintings.

I have finished the first drawing Chastity.  Not only do I show most of the drawing process on YouTube but I have prints and merchandise for sale on Society6 and Etsy.

Here are some concept sketches for the latest piece “Charity.”

Character designs and composition
Figuring out character poses
Drawing in sketchbook
The detailed drawing
Thumbnail drawings
2 page spread of my thumbnail drawings. This is necessary for me to get a composition I like. Never go with the first idea!

Value Studies – Self Portrait

One thing I have been discovering as a painter is that I need to become more diligent in arranging my values during the drawing process. I have spent some time working on these types of value studies so when I do work on my paintings I don’t have to put so much effort into correcting things in oil, making the whole thing take longer than necessary. It is best to do this type of work from life or good photo reference.

Drapery

In light of Inktober, working on “mother and child” as well as a few other oil paintings I haven’t had as much time to study as I’d like.  But the few times I have had to work on these types of drawings I have been studying nuances of drapery and clothing folds.  It is important to me that various clothing look like the correct material as well as look as if it has weight.  Its going to be on when I get my powdered graphite from my parents house!  In addition to the learning experience it is great to get the instant gratification of a pretty drawing.  Rendering drapery on the level that I like in oils is not a fast process.