Thursday, December 23, 2010

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Allanah

Quick sketch before getting ready for work, took roughly under an hour.

Graphite on paper, 12 x 9

Monday, December 20, 2010

Young Equestrian Pastel Sketch

Finally got around to trying out the sample sheets of U-Art sanded paper that I got well over a year ago, the U-Art sanded paper is available in 4 different grades: 400, 500, 600, and 800. This is the first sample sheet which is the 800 grit surface, the tooth isn't quite aggressive enough for my style of painting but I think it would work beautifully with Pan Pastels.

Young Equestrian
Pastel on U-Art, 7 x 5

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Nude figure sketch

Experimenting with different brands of paper to see what will or will not work with willow charcoal (besides paper that is made specifically for charcoal). Having read that 100% rag printmaking paper handles charcoal beautifully and having some Somerset on hand, started this small unfinished 10 x 8 sketch. Willow charcoal does indeed appear to work great on this paper, I'm going to have to try using charcoal on this paper again.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Figure Sketch

Soft pastel on drawing paper, 12 x 9

Pink Roses

A quick sketch on 8 x 6 mounted linen primed with colourfix, not sure how long it took but pretty sure it wasn't over one hour. Can't believe I did another floral sketch, second one within a month.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Friday, December 3, 2010

Young Gril in Kashmir

After visiting Steve McCurry's website and blog, I saw images that I wanted to recreate using a variety of mediums (though most likely with soft pastels). After receiving permission to use his photos images, I started with a sketch of a young girl in Kashmir in an attempt to capture what I saw in her: sorrow, pain, and strength

Pastel on mat board coated w/ gesso and aluminum oxide, 10 x 8
Reference: Photo by Steve McCurry

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Playing around

Playing around trying to figure how to paint landscapes.

Soft pastel on linen coated with Colourfix, 6 x 8