I began this illustration for fun as part of a challenge on CGHub.com. I got distracted from it by other projects during the challenge but I eventually got back to it and then took my time varnishing it and getting it digitized. So here it is, a cover illustration for The NeverEnding Story.
Oil, 18 x 23 inches
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I would like to say, I got excited about painting an illustration for The NeverEnding Story not only because the movie is a cherished childhood memory of mine, but also because I think the story is particularly effective for teaching kids how to understand metaphor in storytelling. If you remember the movie (or not), the main character is a troubled little boy, named Bastian, who reads a book titled The NeverEnding Story who's main character is a boy just like him in a fantasy land on a mythical quest. Through the story, Bastian learns to confront his problems in real life. Quite over-obvious to adults and there are many stories that are also obvious in this regard, but great for kids to learn that this metaphor is present, at least to some degree in all stories, even the ones they are told are "True."
I've gotten several requests to show my painting process on these portraits. Now, I don't have a great camera, but took a few shots during the model breaks of this portrait. It's a three hour session, during which this model took two breaks, so here is a picture of where I was at each break. The first is only a little more than a drawing in oil, the second has most of the planes of the face blocked in. Other painters tell me I tend to "pull it all together at the last moment", so in the final (above) you can see I've put in all the final details and highlights.
I got another chance at a 3 hour nude pose not too long ago, it's nice to paint a little more of the figure. This fall the portrait group is planning to do these once a month, so hopefully there will be more to come.
I just keep playing around with this one. First it was a sketch (bottom right), just an experiment in design. I liked it, so I did a digital color version of the sketch (bottom left). Well, I was still curious what it would look like as an oil painting, so here it is. If I can come up with more designs like it I may do more.
For something a little different, I went and painted this little scene "en plein air" a little earlier this summer. It was a beautiful day, but a little windy right on the river. One of the extra things to keep in mind while painting outside is that everything must either be held on to or taped down.
A little one, I prepare my own boards for painting on, and this week I had run out of the 16 x 20 inch boards that I usually take to portrait painting. All I had ready to go was this 9 x 12, but it's always good to mix things up when they become too routine. I like the ratio of brush stroke detail to the outer dimensions, so I should do some more little ones.
Interesting to compare to the first time I painted Saba very nearly one year prior. I got a much better likeness this time. She was wearing the same earrings, but I don't think she was actually wearing purple either time, yet something made me choose purple in both.
Busy month here, but while I've got a minute, here is another portrait from the weekly model session I attend. This is painist, Mark Taber, and he was a lot of fun to paint.
I found some videos of Mark playing with a few bands on youtube. I'm not sure what year this was filmed, but here is a video of Mark playing with the Ken Lyon & Tombstone Blues Band, Mark's solo begins at about the 1:35 minute mark. And here is a write up of Mark in the Providence Phoenix.
I'm back from the Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibition in Scottsdale Arizona and I had a great time. I met many wonderful painters and saw a lot of great paintings! Here are a few pictures from the event and some recent sketches.
I really didn't intend to deify Gerry as I seem to have ended up doing in this portrait. Suffice to say he visually fits the archetype of the wise old man as described by Carl Jung, so the wispy brush stokes seem to place him directly in the realm of cloud-sitters.
Gerry, Oil, 20 x 16 inches
Click here for an earlier portrait of Gerry, it's nice to see improvement over time.
SLW continues, and I've hit the 100 followers mark! (see sidebar) Thanks to all who watch me putter around here and a special thanks right now to my email subscribers whose inboxes are being barraged this week.
I just saw a great animation called Nature by Numbers, by Cristobal Vila posted on the illustration blog Lines and Colors and I decided that I would post this painting next. The animation, and this painting are about the golden ratio, a mathematical relationship that is highly significant to nature and growth, and subsequently to human perception of beauty and harmony.
The group show titled 'Four Painters & a Sculptor' is a little more than a week away now. To prepare for the show I'll be posting my paintings here between now and the opening (Friday April 2nd, 7-9pm). The show will be in Bristol, Rhode Island, with the Bristol Art Museum at Linden Place (map) from April 3rd -18th. So until then, sit back, have a glass of wine and enjoy still life week...
I received some exciting news the other day when I was notified that my painting 'Grandfather's Brass Bowls' has been accepted to the Oil Painters of America 19th Annual National Juried Exhibition! It will take place at the Legacy Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona, from April 30th to may 31st, 2010. This means, of course, that the painting will not be able to take part in my upcoming group show in Bristol, Rhode Island, as originally planned, but don't worry I have plenty others for that show that you will be seeing here shortly.
Oil, 16 x 20 inches, Originally posted here (click to enlarge)