In Remembrance: Paul Johnson

In Remembrance: Paul Johnson

I love to see a painting at the beginning at and the end, musing over everything that came in between and never quite sure how I got from a blank canvas to the finished painting. “In Remembrance” is a project I started up some time ago, but have only done a few paintings for so far. I’ve just finished another In Remembrance painting that I will be posting about later. 1. Here is the base drawing covered with my base coat of paint. I always try to lay down a base coat that both compliments and contrasts the finish product. I like the coolness of the blue, and it will be a good starting contrast against the warm skin tones I will be working with. 2. Blocking in some basic shapes and colors. Kinda scary looking at the moment. 😛 3. laying down some features on the face and starting the basic cloud shapes. 4. Washed over most of the dark facial features and worked more on the clouds. 5. Clouds finished, now to start building the face. It has most definitely entered the “ugly stage”. 6. The ‘Jamie Lee Curtis” stage. I don’t know why this painting went through this stage, but it’s kinda odd and funny. 😀 Starting some real detail on the face, particularly the eyes. 7. Smoothing out the facial features and molding the hair into more the shape it needs to be. 8. Finished up the hair with some highlights and defining some features while smoothing out others. 9. The finished painting! Paul Johnson, passed from this earth and into eternity September 11, 2014.... read more
Art Journaling and Other Tidbits

Art Journaling and Other Tidbits

I wrote a while ago (Ok, ok… a year and a half ago…) about creating an art journal (you can read about that here). At the time, I intended to do mainly Lord of the Rings art in the journal, but it largely went neglected. Today, I decided that LOTR would not be inspirational enough to use the journal, since I have barely used it thus far. So, I designated it just as a general art journal and started a new drawing within the pages. This is a photo of a friend of mine, that she took several months ago. I wanted to draw it as soon as I saw it. It is just a perfect picture, in every way. Crisp lines, natural but beautiful face, excellent lighting. I decided to do it as the “first” drawing in my art journal! Here are two progress pictures of my work so far. It’s maybe 1/3 finished at this point. Besides drawing in my art journal, I was working on an In Remembrance painting (which I unfortunately can’t post here yet, since it is a gift!) and the second painting in the “Best Friends” series. For those interested, I took a photo of my current workstation. 😉 Though, it should soon change from the dining room table to an art table in the spare bedroom. Music is, of course, the greatest necessity. ♥ Apparently, I never posted the LOTR art I did already in my art journal. Below you will find pictures of that! I’m already brainstorming the other book quotes I can add to this journal.... read more

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