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Hard to Sleep

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Fear of Drowning. Graphite on Board.

Sleep doesn't come easy to me. I'm restless and troubled. Sometimes I can't breath.

Many times, I don't understand my dreams.

Today's Haiku:


Should I Take Commissions?

This is a portrait of Geoffrey Holder. Watercolor on Strathmore with white gouache. I really like painting watercolor portraits.

The actual time was probably around an hour, maybe an hour and a half.
I don't remember the exact size, but you can see my hand, so that should give you some sense of scale.

I'm thinking of doing more of these, perhaps as a commision. I'm looking at maybe using @Steemgigs to offer the service.

Is there any interest? Is there anyone here doing jobs from @Steemgigs? How did that work out for you?

Thanks,
@PixelColada


Abstract Vs. Realism


Abstract vs Realism, 2011 Acrylic on Canvas 24 x 48 in.

As an artist and a responsible parent, I set out to test whether or not age old and time proven practice of realism could triumph emotionally, over the youthful vigor of abstraction.

Both of my children were given Soft Body Liquitex Acrylics

to work with on a pre-gessoed canvas)

stretched over 24 x 48 inches. The intent was to elevate our children’s artwork by simply increasing the size and scale of the medium. Our stainless steel refrigerator did not have magnetic capabilities, so the bare walls of our house became our gallery space.

Here is the finished piece:

To this day, my son prefers to work abstractly and my daughter still leans representational. Whenever he and I are waiting somewhere, he will ask to paint on my Samsung Note Phone and produce a monochromatic color field. I suspect this compulsion will accompany him into adulthood.

Thanks,
@PixelColada


Ashen for Nokia

This piece was part of an assignment from Grey Advertising Canada for an ad that was going to go inside of train cars. The concept was to make the passengers feel like they were caught in the crossfire of a showdown between this guy and an alien.

The job was fun and I painted it with ArtRage version 1.0 which at the time I was still using as a free demo. It got the job done and I still love that software.

 


Mashups

I made these paintings back when these two guys were still alive.  I always thought Worf's hair resembled that of James Brown.

I also thought Ray Charles would look better in Geordi's glasses than Stevie Wonder.

For a while, I had these for sale as T-Shirts, but before my shirts ever took off they got taken down by a copyright even though they're parody.

In any case, this was an experiment using acrylics and colored pencils.  In addition, I also used Tombo Markers.

I'm planning to do more of these mashups.


Lubricant

This was another painting I did in Advertising Class.  The assignments were very simple.  We had to come up with print ads for common products.  One assignment was to produce an ad for the laundry detergent that we used.  Another was for hot sauce.  This ad was for [WD-40](https://amzn.to/2r20o4F).  At the time, my focus was to do humorous pieces.  However, my technique(this was before computers) was to paint realistically.  This took a long time and the longer it took, the less funny it seemed.

In any case, if you understand movie history, you'll get the joke.


Weigh In

This was a piece I did while I was freelancing for a company doing graphics for the UFC.  This was before they had their own in-house crew.

At the time, I didn't quite know what I was doing and didn't have a pitch prepared for the company.  Dana White seemed to like it. I was in his office to show it to him, but at the time, I didn't know who he was in the organization. In any case, it was a missed opportunity.

I got busy with other clients and I didn't do more of these, though I have some somewhere that are still in the drawing stage. But those fighters are long gone.  This was from the weigh-in before Randy Couture fought Josh Barnett.

This is probably my favorite painting technique. I really need to do more of these.

If I was asked, I'd do more of these as a commission. I love doing portraits.


Sheff_HotSauce

This is an old piece I did in an Advertising Class in school.  The assignment was to come up with an advertisement for a product.  I chose hot sauce.  Oils and acrylics. I was still trying to get comfortable with my painting process.

There's something about painting with traditional materials that brings risk to the table and makes the project a little more exciting.  Working digitally, is fairly safe and convenient. Painting with actual pigments and brushes is more satisfying, but lacks an UNDO button.  If you make a mistake, you have to paint it out or fix it.

I feel myself being drawn to working traditionally again.


Asian Cowboy

Here is a trick so you don't waste paint:  Do a small study first. This paining above is slightly bigger than life size.  You can see how small the study is below.

If you do a small study, you can determine what colors you are going to use, what parts should be in shadow and what should be in light.  It basically helps you plan and helps you to encounter your painting problems that you are going to face on a smaller scale. This will save you time and materials.

Doing a small study can help your bigger painting succeed without wasting a lot paint.

Good luck.


Wolverine Digital

I did this piece a while ago, when I was teaching in-class. I would often ask students what they wanted to see and they would shout suggestions and I would paint them.

I did this small sketch in my [Moleskin.](https://amzn.to/2v6zCNR) I did it with a 0.5 inch pencil. Then I took a picture with my phone and started from there.

Then I would develop the lines.

And clean them up some more.

Apply value. This was a photocopy onto gray paper. Some students were afraid of doing digital work.

Push the contrast even more. I think I used ArtRage for this.

Add color.

Not wild about that method of adding color. Trying something different here below.

This one I liked better.

I did this so long ago, that I don't completely remember my process. I'm still playing with my process so I'm still tweaking it based on speed and how I like to work.

Thanks for your support.
@PixelColada