I thought it’d be interesting to show people what my (and I imagine other artists) paintings look like before I start adding all of the detail. So I snapped these two photos of a couple more dog portraits that I’ve been commissioned for.
Doesn’t it look so basic? This looks like the art I did in first grade! Yet it’s the result of lots of measuring, sketching, and color mixing. The black that you see in the second photo? It’s Phtalo Blue paint mixed with Alizarin Crimson paint. This makes it more vibrant than your standard black paint, yet the eye can hardly tell the difference!
These are the base layers that give the foundation for how cool and detailed they’ll look later.
Like any work project, there are lots of small parts involved that make up the whole!
On another note, I’m working on several “cultural” paintings that will be placed in the office of an international education study-abroad non-profit located in Arlington, Virginia. This project is a work-in-progress that will probably be finished around early February, and I’ll be writing a bit about it in my upcoming e-newsletter.
Capturing the essence of somebody’s being when doing a portrait is like hitting the sweet spot. In this recent portrait drawing of father and daughter, I think I hit that sweet spot. It really shows her innocent energy and playfulness, and his love for his little princess. What she’s doing is slapping a sticker of Dora the Explorer on his forehead, just in case you’re wondering!
I recently turned this photo of baby Victoria with her visiting grandparents from Portugal into a portrait drawing that was given as a surprise gift to them. Mario, the grandfather, is also a talented artist. I’m glad they liked it and have some meaningful artwork to display in their home back in Portugal!
Another “inner surfer art” oil painting as part of Art With Meaning’s partnership with Bodhi Surf School and Grupo SURF, a community-based organization in Costa Rica that empowers youth in the sustainable development of their communities!