Sketching...

I have my reference, now I need a strong drawing to work from:

I use Tombow pens on any hot pressed drawing surface, here: poster board. 

Drawing is like dancing with socks on a polished floor. So much fun!

drawing comp.jpg

Need Models? Make 'Em.

I'm working on a series of paintings which require stylized animals in the scenes. 

I have photos from zoos allover the world through my travels with the museum, but the lighting always seems to be wrong when I composite these photos into my reference. I always need living models too, but making a paper mache human would be taking things too far! Here's some process shots of making a parrot for a painting about "taste".

 Building the claws with wire and tape...

Building the claws with wire and tape...

 gesso...

gesso...

 paint, Viol-a!

paint, Viol-a!