Sunday, April 8, 2012

Mosaic Project Update: Striping Finished

Finished the striping on the Mosaic piece. I have another element to construct while I wait for the paint to dry.

Had a bit of the purple I mixed up left over so I striped my Ott Lite too. Might post that eventually.

Sneaking in a little striping

I was out doing family gathering type things, but managed to sneak in the outlining and some striping. I don't care if it is 1 a.m. dangit! I'm gonna paint a little.

I really need to put together one of those mini watercolor kits that gives me something to paint with when I am away from home and the creative urge hits me.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Mosaic Project update

I rattle-canned the base color a dusky plum, transferred the design, put in the flat colors with 1-Shot.
Then I decided to do the shading before the base cost dried. Went a little crazy with the brush stroke work, but I am happy with the results. Now I need to do the line work.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

From the Art-chives

So I was digging through my computer files the other day and came across some images I had created when I was teaching graphic design at Silicon Valley College.
This was an image I created in 2005. I started with a sketch, which I scanned in, traced in Illustrator, then brought into Photoshop for the color effects. I can tell I was just getting in to pinstriping at the time based on how my signature looks. But fun to see elements of my love for pinstriping and jewelry making in a digital file.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Another project begins…

Oh what the heck is she up to now?!?!?
Guess you'll just have to stay tuned for progress posts. :)

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Fun Times at the Sacramento Autorama

Ok, it happened a month ago, but the Sacramento Autorama was a lot of fun! Many pinstripers from all over joined in on an effort to raise money for the Children's Hospital UC Davis in an art auction.
These were the pieces I painted up for it:

 Can't tell I have an obsession with skulls?
Skullflowers I've been playing with. This is the 2nd time this design has made an appearance, with some different modifications.

Some of the pinstripers in attendance were:

L to R:  Mike Clines, Moon, Jim Moser.
The amazingly talented Dane Brown (who am I kidding, there was so much talent in this panel jam it is amazing the floor didn't collapse from the weight of it!)
 Eggie! I shared a table with him, Which was great. The only drawback was people kept asking me if his work was mine. I aspire to be that good!
 Hot Dog! He came up to visit from SoCal. Fun to have him here when we can
 Serious painting going on here.
Taylor Schultz, left, and Adam Smith, right. Such concentration!

Didn't catch all the people that attended this fantastic event on camera. But I had a lot of fun slinging paint with them all.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Statue for Scarlett Fever

A fellow artist asked me if I would paint up one of about a dozen statues for an art show/auction to benefit a girl named Scarlett. She is 16, and when she was about 18 months old, she was diagnosed with Rett Syndrome. I've known Scarlett and her family for a few years due to my involvement in the world of hot rods, and they are some of the nicest people.

There has been a show going on for a few years called Scarlett Fever to help raise funds to help with her medical needs. I try to donate a piece of art every year. I am honored that I was asked to do one of these.

 She stands about 26" tall, and made from plaster.
 I sprayed her with Krylon Fusion black. Then applied the 1-Shot for all of the other colors.
 Dry brushing.
 Lots and lots of dry brushing.
 Some sparkle was added on the snake.
 Same kind of sparkle in the hair. On the collar too but not very visible.
And in the hearts (though not really visible in this shot)

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Pig Update: Wings and Finished!

I spent much of Monday working on getting the wings finished. I think they took me longer to complete than the entire pinstriping process.

I changed the way I was going to do the wings to a more robust design, inspired by a tutorial I found on Jewelry Lessons for a Heraldic Dragon by Morganause. Her work is amazing! It was tricky to attach the wings, but they are pretty solidly on there.

 Right Wing
Left Wing

From the back

So I had to take my pig back to ArtCentric today so he can spend some time in the window of the shop with all the other painted piggies. He got to spend part of the day at work with me today before I brought him over. I miss him already!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Pig Update: Pinstriping Finished!

I may go back and do a little touch up tomorrow if I feel it needs it, but the pinstriping is finished on the pig.

Some black outlining around the eye, pupil and highlight really gave it better shape.

 Striping from the top.
Striping from the back.

Wing construction tomorrow, and we are done!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Pig Update: More Striping

Staying in the blue family on the stripes, at least for now. This is the same blue on the eyelid, and works rather well.

Pig Update: New Years Art Dork

I don't relish the idea of going out on New Years anymore. Mainly because I'd rather be able to enjoy the alcoholic beverage of choice in the comfort of my own home, and not have to worry about the drunken idiots on the road. That and I don't want to be one of those drunken idiots on the road.

So I stayed home, had sushi for dinner, imbibed in a good amount of Old No. 7, and painted on my pig.

 First I roughed in the facial details. Green eyes, then mixed maroon with black to give the lips & tongue a dark red base.
 Then I got pretty ambitious with the first layer of striping. Needed to outline the leafing I applied earlier tonight, then just went a little crazy. What is cool is in regular light the striping doesn't stand out too much. It's going to be fun to add the next color. Probably peacock blue. I think I'll stick with blues.
 Another view of the first layer of striping. I really like the leafing SO MUCH BETTER than the glazing.
 Added pure maroon to lips and tongue to give it more detail. Probably go another step later.
One of my friends had to go and dredge up the memory of her neon Buddha statue, so I decided to go ahead and put the detail in the iris just to help make that insane memory go away.

Still a bit to do, but it is getting there! I have the wings designed, but need to construct them (when not enjoying Old No. 7). Wire work is a little trickier for me than painting sometimes.

I'm kinda sad this pig will be going away on Tuesday. I may end up bidding on it in May when Dragon Pig and his 'siblings' go up for auction for the Benicia Education Foundation.

Happy New Year, everybody! May 2012 bring health, abundance and creativity to all of you!