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!
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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.