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.


Streetcar Desire

This oil painting was an experimental piece where I was trying out a process for transferring my drawing to a board.  I was fairly satisfied with it, but I really started to enjoy the surface quality and playing with the abstract qualities of the paint in the background, rather than realistic parts of the face.

The reason it's in a circle is that I was trying to create samples possibly for work from the Franklin Mint.


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

 


Caesars Palace

This was  a piece I did for Caesars Palace for a promotional mailer for a Super Bowl party.  It's cropped down from the original.  In the original there was a gladiator facing off against this guy in a 3 point stance like two football players at the line of scrimmage. This part of the painting was my favorite. It was also the last time I painted in oil for quick turnaround jobs.  After this, I switched to painting digitally.

 

 


Rainbow Mountain

This was a poster job I did for a pediatrician many, many years ago. His name was Noah and his practice was called Rainbow Mountain.

This was the first job I ever did that taxed the capabilities of my computer beyond what it could handle. I only had 2 Gigs of memory and I was afraid of putting in 2 more sticks and potentially breaking the computer.  I knew next to nothing about messing with hardware.

My process would be to buy a new computer and migrate all my hardware and data to that new machine. At this time, I didn't have enough money to buy a new computer this time and I was too scared to fiddle with hardware in the middle of a job.

Since there wasn't enough memory and Photoshop kept crashing.  The same file would also crash Painter. I had 28 versions of the same file because I was backing it up constantly.

The only application that could handle it was openCanvas.  openCanvas enabled me to paint and build it in layers without crashing. For that reason, I am loyal to openCanvas.  I still use it to this day.


SalsaMagic

This is a portrait of a friend of mine.  He taught me a lot of my salsa dancing moves.

When I was dancing with his group, I had gotten below 200lbs. I would like to be this thin again.

I also haven't painted large like this (I think it's 30 x 40in) in a long time.  I also haven't painted in oils in a long time either.

This is pretty close to life size, and I question whether or not I should paint that large.

I think I need to consider the size of paintings in terms of how easy they would be to package and ship.

There was so much I didn't know back then. Still, I learned a lot from this piece, about the things I should and should not do regarding mediums and glazes.

I haven't worked traditionally in a long time.  Most of my work has been digital. I've been wanting to go back to working traditionally.  I might as well since this work isn't for clients.