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Several months later. . .

You thought I was going to leave forever. Well ha, I’m back.

Sorry it took so long to write again.

Short story shorter, I’ve been busy. And not so much with art, which makes it rather hard to find things to post about. But I’m finally back into the swing of things (hopefully) and I’ll start posting art here once a week again.

Starting with this dog I’ve been working on.


Dog PR 1
Graphite with a few pops of color


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Oil painting progress

As you probably know, the majority of my art making time right now is devoted to oil painting- mostly for my art class. So naturally since I’m spending so much time on them it only makes sense to show you my progress in that area.

But lest you get tired of all the oil paintings, I’ll be showing something in another medium tomorrow even though I usually don’t post Saturdays. But I’ll do it. . . for you. You’re welcome.

But back to the point.

Since you last saw him, I’ve put the first layer of color over my cheetah and around his spots to give the illusion of fur.

Cheetah PR 2

I’m not done with him yet though.

The warm in his fur needs to be a bit more saturated in places and the contrast between the lights and darks needs to be heightened. The most important thing is the face though. I’m pretty happy with the impression of fur I managed to convey and the values aren’t bad, but the face kinda throws the whole thing off for me at the moment.

While I’m working on that, (and the bluejays, still) I’m also working on this oil painting of a still life I set up myself.

Still life PR 1

Most of the time, because of the limited space I have in my room for art- and also because of, well, laziness to be honest- I don’t set up my own still lifes to paint, I use royalty free photos that someone else took as references.

But in an ideal world where I have an actual art studio, enough motivation to set up my own still life, and plenty of interesting objects to paint, I would always do that over using other people’s creativity and effort as a reference. There isn’t anything wrong with using other people’s photos, but it’s a lot more fun to use something you designed yourself and it just feels more original. At least, that’s how I feel about it.

So when my teacher told us that we’d be painting from our own still life, I was very happy to have an excuse to do it. And so now I have this little box sitting on my floor filled with objects I’m painting. Another thing I don’t do much- paint/draw from life. I really need to do that more. . .

Still life set up.png

There’s the box, if you were wondering about the set up.

I cut a hole in the top right to shine a light in at the objects and put orange and blue construction paper on either side to create warm and cool tints on the objects for more interest.

Like my cheetah, I still have quite a bit of work cut out for me with this still life. Right now the roses are the least developed so I’ll be focusing on them mostly, but there’s also a lot of other littler details that need to be sorted out, again mostly with the contrast.

That’s it for the oil paintings for now. Next up, an oil painting of my face. Scary. . .


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More oil paintings

Like I thought, the journey in oil paint has only just begun for my art class. Just yesterday I started this cheetah and rumor tells me at the end of the year I’ll have to do a self portrait in oil paint. And in between then… well, there’s probably going to be a lot more. I haven’t even finished my blue jays yet.

But that’s not it for oil painting either. I’ve also just started another one. Yeah, I know I just never stop do I.

Unfortunately I can’t really show you it at this point. It’s a secret.

As far as the cheetah. . .

Cheetah PR 1.png

He’s incredibly rough at this point. I’ve only just put in the background and blocked in his dots. Next up is glazing. Plenty of glazing.

I’m excited to see how he turns out, though I’m not sure how well I’ll be able to pull it off.

Wish me luck.


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Sketches and more sketches

I know, I know, I haven’t really posted every day like I promised. And I don’t reallyy have an excuse for not. . . but hey, at least I did some art right?

Here’s (some of) what I’ve been working on the past few days.

First in line are these practice perspective sketches.


Perspective sketches
If you’re wondering why there’s a straight line floating around each picture, that’s your eyelevel


As you can see, I didn’t really go all out for these things. We’ve already went through perspective in my art class a while ago so I didn’t feel like lingering on it too long.

Moving on we have this very rough sketch of my glasses- for no reason other than they were sitting in front of me.

Glasses sketch

The proportion is a little off in places but it’s pretty good considering I did this sketch entirely with my macron ink pen- no pencil. I must admit, it was a little scary going in.

The last of the sketches I’ll be showing you is this quick figure sketch of a woman.

Figure sketch 1

Lately, I’ve been doing a bit of these figure sketches using this site I found called Line in Action, to practice drawing people. This sketch is one of four I did in the past few days. I took 10 minutes for each.

But I haven’t just been doing quick sketches, I’ve also been making progress on my graphite drawing of a duckling- not to mention my drawing of the week and my monthly drawing challenge.

Duckling PR#2

Graphite work isn’t my favorite thing to do- I prefer working in color so much more, I get bored of black and white too soon- but after so long of ignoring it I’ve begun to realize I actually do enjoy it every now and again. It’s nice not to worry about color for once. All you have to do is worry about value and value placement and you’re good.

And with the addition of a good audiobook or podcast, it’s very relaxing.

Plus, graphite is by far the medium I’ve had the most experience in and it’s the medium I’m most comfortable with.

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And then there were more

By my lastest posts, you would think that I have only been working on old projects- like my acrylic paintings, or my lion, or my deer. But you would be wrong.

Never assume I’m only working on old projects, unless you want to be wrong 99.9% of the time. I just can’t focus on doing one- or two, or three, or four, or however many- until I’ve completed it. I get bored if I’m only working on the 1+ things.

I must start new projects. Constantly.


The semi-refined sketch for my newest project

Both an advantage and disadvantage.


So over the course of the last week, I have started not one but three new projects. Well, four would be more accurate, but I’ll only be showing you three today so let’s pretend it’s three.

No, the man on the right does not have a giant boot on, he’s kicking a soccer ball. It’ll make sense when I’m actually done sketching him in. And no there will not be a gaping space of blankness just sitting there.

To be fair, I didn’t start these projects because I wanted to necessarily. It is my homework for art class. Well. . . the first picture was anyway.

We’re learning how to effectively portray motion in art and so our teacher assigned us to draw someone in motion and gave us a selection of sports players to choose from, sketch, and then paint in guess what! Gouache. I’m starting to think it’s his favorite medium.

Anyway, he only assigned us one person but I may or may not have suddenly been hit by a wave of ambition and decided to do two instead- and then a dog. I mean, I know I need to practice portraying movement in my pieces. I purposely avoid it because it’s, well. . . it’s scary for me.


A goofy looking dog and the final sketch for my study of motion- for now.


And what better time to force myself to work on motion then when I have to.


I interrupt all the work in progresses to bring an exciting announcement. Well. . . to me anyway.


I got some art portfolios!

Now I can be semi-organized.

I probably could before but nevermind that.

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Watercolor, gouache, and all things wet

Look what I got!


I got the watercolor paper Wednesday night and ever since then I have been very busy using it.


The first project I used it for was not this deer. It was a project for art class, which I’ll be showing you later. Right now, it’s just a flat wash with some brown lines over top waiting to be painted.

The second project was the deer though- and also my challenge for this month- an animal in watercolor.


Third project was this. A gouache and colored pencil- yes, another one- for another art challenge I’m taking part in.

Yes, another one.

This one- unlike the others- is always in one medium (or at least 50% in that medium)- and that medium is colored pencil.

And if that wasn’t good enough, there’s a prize for the randomized winner of each month.

This month’s theme is underwater.

Speaking of challenges. . . Lisa just revealed the theme of her group challenge. Which I have also started. But you’ll have to see it later because I have to go to work.

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Lions and ducks

It’s been almost three weeks since I started my gouache and colored pencil lion and I only just remembered that it even existed.

I know, I’m bad.

But hey, look how much work I’ve gone done on it since last time! Now there’s more than just lion lines. (sorry I couldn’t resist)

There’s still a lot more work to be done as you can tell by the scribbly quality evident in everything but the forehead and eyes. I’m really excited with how it’s coming along though.


And me being me, I also started a new project this week, which I’ll be working on slowly over the next few weeks. I figured it was about time I do something in graphite and practice my values.

Sorry for the bad photo quality.


And the creepiness that is an eyeless duck with a floating head.