Thursday, May 15, 2008

Work in progress

This is a piece that I have been working on lately. It started as a drawing in my sketchbook. As I have mentioned previously, I have been trying to make a point to work in a more spontaneous and intuitive manner lately. Twenty years of commercial illustration has not been that easy to shake off, but I have been working at it.

So anyway, this sketch was done back in late March, and I decided to use it as the basis for a painting. My art teacher gig keeps me really busy, and I do not have a lot of time and/or energy outside of work. Regardless, I do try to keep something going, so I have been slowly picking away at this painting. Steps taken so far: I sketched in the composition with a dark green colored pencil (a more or less arbitrary color); went over the drawing with black paint; painted over the whole canvas with red; re-established the drawing, again with black paint; and did a quick rough-in of the background.

So, now all I have to do is find some time to move this thing forward. Looks like another busy weekend; plus, the school year is almost over so things have been kind of crazy lately. I'm really looking forward to working on this painting, though. When I make some progress, I'll probably post some more pictures of it-- stay tuned....

1 comment:

Sheree Rensel said...

Gosh Rick, It looks like you might be trying to exorcise some demons!! Kind of scary. Maybe this is the personification of those illustration skills you are trying to shake off(?)