April. The Toned Portrait.

9x12. Prismacolor Pencils

9×12. Prismacolor Pencils

This is actually an old piece, but I didn’t post it here for some reason. I created this portrait with a live model in about two hours. You can do some amazing things with toned paper. The trick is to use the smooth side though. I usually purchase Canson Pastel paper and one side has a tooth to it. I would love to create more toned pieces, but I’m really trying to paint as much as I can. I’ve obviously been trying to paint with watercolors and I’m teaching myself how to use oils. I will always love the control that you have with drawing though. Oils is an interesting medium and hopefully I’ll post a decent oil piece soon. I have a lot to learn.

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Crack Babies… “Broken, But Not Defeated”

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The Crack Babies represent all of us. In some shape or form, we’re all broken. Mentally or maybe physically. “Broken, but not defeated.”

The Crack Babies were originally created in a college classroom during the first day of classes. I was unwarrantably warned by a professor to not illustrate any images with guns or images that degrade women. Being stereotyped in front of my peers sparked the creation of the first Crack Baby. I can still remember the day when I ignored his lecture and sketched the first baby.

The Crack Babies have appeared in a lot of my work over the years. Featured in printed materials and gallery shows. 3D versions have actually been created from ceramics and other materials. I occasionally like to combine their graphic nature with my figurative or portrait art. The Crack Babies are destined to be a part of some future commercial endeavors. They’re their own brand.


The Animal Kingdom

Owl

9×12. Watercolour

Sonic The Hedgehog. 9x12. Watercolour

Sonic The Hedgehog. 9×12. Watercolour

The final two pieces of 2012. Animals are definitely harder to paint than people.


Lizanne

Lizanne

Lizanne. 9×12. Watercolour

I actually finished this piece during the Summer of 2012. I don’t know why it took me so long to upload it here though. I was probably trying to wait until I could photograph it. The scan added a lot of yellow to the image unfortunately.


The Painted Bird

A Painted Bunting. 9×12. Watercolour

I just have to say that painting flesh is easier to paint than feathers. I was trying to work with a more wet technique as well, but I didn’t want the technique to overwhelm the piece.


The Hills of Richmond

A Richmond, Virginia hilltop. 9×12. Watercolour


Black History Month In July?

 

“Broken Chains” 15 x 20. Watercolour

 

I originally created this image around February. I know why I didn’t post it earlier. I didn’t finish the background and the photographs of my low contrast paintings never look right. It’s a good progress shot I guess. The overall composition will work better when I finally finish the piece.