The Process of My Work

Every curious how pieces are started and finished? I'd like to bring you into that world a little bit more. It's an emotional process to go through as an artist. It's amazing what you can experience and learn through each piece you do. 

Colored Pencil

Spring is in the Air was a long process of vibrant colors and smooth textures. I always start my drawings out with a light outline. Once I check the proportions of my outline with the reference photo I am using, I begin the fill in process of color. Typically, I start with the background first. Always with a light hand, I layer everything in slowly. Once the background is to my liking (typically 3-5 layers later) I move onto the subject. 

Snow Tiger was another tricky but fun colored pencil piece. Snow is always a challenge, no matter what medium you use. Although, snow looks white, when it reacts with light other colors shimmer. The snow itself took the longest to complete, about 4-7 layers. At the end of the piece, I went in with white acrylic paint to bring out the white highlights in the fur and snow. 

Oil Paint

In Just Lion Around, I went with a black background to really push Ifaw (the lion) forward. I played more with glazing layers of color. Since I tend to paint slowly, working in thin layers works for me. Being that oil is somewhat of a newer medium for me (working in it for about 4 years), I play more with each painting to see what method I like. Although, most paint from dark to light I go backwards, saving my lightest lights for last. This is easier for me because I like to see light colors first because it feels more lively. I start in a monochrome color scheme first to see the shadows first, from there I move slowly over the entire piece. 

Graphite Drawing

For Familiar Face, I really got back to my 'roots' of art, graphite With the lighting in this reference photo, a graphite drawing felt perfect to do. I start with a light hand, as always are map out the face first. Always working in the direction of the fur, I lay down a light layer of graphite. Once more shadows go in, I can start with more detailed work of the fur. When it's time to add in the white highlights, I use a white charcoal pencil or an eraser to 'draw in the light'.