Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Weekly Update

I was too lazy to clear off my photo table this morning, so here's a little group shot of works in progress taken from the airbrush booth. I'm doing something a little different with Elsie and working up her light areas more  aggressively first. You might remember from previous posts that I did some drybrushing on her before starting to roan and that has helped speed things up.

Max is almost ready for me to do some of the final roaning on him, I think, and with Max and Elsie together I will have my hands full for the  next couple of weeks.

These smaller models are moving along much more quickly than the traditional sizes I've been working on, so I am thinking that I might try a ratio of 3-4 mini-sizes for every traditional size that I paint in the future. That way, I'll still be able to get some things out there, while also being able to work on a larger project which is much easier on my eyes.

I'm feeling bitter right now because I thought we were going to get a lot of snow here in the Seattle area, but it's not anywhere near what they predicted. That always happens, yet I always get my hopes up. I really miss those midwestern winters...

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

First Update of Year

I'm doing some detail work on Equus Max and he's drying right now, so have been able to work on all the other commissions and some other things in the meanwhile. It's such a refreshing contrast to do roaning on a smaller piece after that big monster! This is the first layer on Elsie.
I've done some roaning on Oliver and worked on his pattern. I just glazed some brownish grey over the white areas, and will go back over that with an off-white.
Another Oliver! This is the first layer of oils.
I've got the first layer of fleabites laid down on Sushi. I'm not sure exactly where to go from here, I will probably do some pencilwork on her and see what that looks like. There are so many variations of "fleabitness" that I see, and it's hard for me to visualize how to translate this pattern in paint.

Johann had some more work done, too, but I'm going to wait a bit to show another photo. That's all for now. I'm feeling productive so far this year!