Friday, January 24, 2014

Painting with process photos

I tried another Reddit portrait, this time on a
watercolor canvas

I don't know how I feel about these canvases. When I put a wash down the first time, it beads up like crazy. Then after a while, the canvas seems to suck up so much of the ink/paint that it's extremely difficult to get saturated colors. The final photo of the portrait was taken while the paint was still wet. When his hair is dry, I'm pretty sure the black parts will be a uniform gray, like the hair around it.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Light Princess 2

I'm not sure what to think. This one was a struggle from the beginning. And I almost tossed it half way through.

11x14" pen & ink, gouache

Friday, December 20, 2013


11x14", pen, ink, and gouache
"There was once a witch who desired to know everything. But the wiser a witch is, the harder she knocks her head against the wall when she comes to it. Her name was Watho, and she had a wolf in her mind. She cared for nothing in itself--only for knowing it. She was not naturally cruel, but the wolf made her cruel.
She was tall and graceful, with white skin, red hair, and black eyes, which had a red fire in them. She was straight and strong, but now and then would fall bent together, shudder, and sit for a moment with her head turned over her shoulder, as if the wolf had got out of her mind onto her back."
-George MacDonald, The Day Boy and the Night Girl