Sketchbook

My random scribblings and occassional sketches. I'm terribly lazy with this sort of thing, I justify it by actually trying in my finished work. One day I'll be a master sketcher and then I can give up the finished painting thing. It's good to have dreams.

Unless it's an old master study my only rule for my sketchbook is that it's gotta come from the old memory banks.

Behind the scenes.

If you've ever wanted to know what it takes for me to make one of my larger finished works, this is the place for you. Here I'll be showing my process, the references I take and how I use them, and even my mistakes and how I solve them. I'll be adding to this as I create my step-by-step guides. 

Faust

A lot of my references for Faust were lost in an apartment fire before I had a chance to photograph them, and what I had photographed was in a camera also lost. So I'm using this as a sample for what's to come. 

 

Later works like my Death in Malaga painting, I took hundreds of references. So more to come!

The Forsaken King

This was one of the last paintings I did while going to the Ravenswood Atelier. I had a lot of help and guidance from my teachers and friends on this, and it became a better painting for it. This also marked my first painting into my ongoing series On Death.

Perspective reference

In preparation for my Death in Malaga During the Spanish Civil War painting, I had to stage the scene, which means I had to pick a space where I could visualize the action. So I decided to take a perspective reference I could study to show what a figure looks like, in the space and the light of the scene I intended to paint it in. 

 

I picked a day where the light was what I wanted it to be, and in five foot increments I took shots of my girlfriend going all the way back to 110 feet, about the maximum length of the scene as far as the figures go.

 

Check out a more thorough overview of this process on my blog.

 

Drawing demonstration

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Here's a quick demonstration showing the different stages of a drawing from start to finish. It's an old drawing, but my process is still pretty much the same. The difference being that now I lump the early stages together to save time. When I get stuck is when I default back to the step-by-step process I'm showing here. I also give a much more in depth view on this process in my blog.

Death in Malaga Spain

 This painting was the most complicated of all the pictures I've done so far. It was a lot of preperation in taking reference shots and finding old pictures that I could use. I read 4 books on the topic and discovered an excellent documentary entitled The Mexican Suitcase, which goes into the many intricate facets this war was about. In addition to this "making of" I talk more about the process of making the painting in my blog. 

The Enduring March of the Damned. Spain. 1939

This was actually the first painting I thought of while doing research on the Spanish Civil War. I'm happy it was the last one done because I was really excited to do it, and had worked out a lot of bugs in my technique with the last painting. 

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Ann Arbor Michigan