Hello! It's summertime! Hope you are having a lovely one so far...
Just a quick update here:
Things are much different this time around compared to summers in the past. I usually go home to California, but this time I bought a house in Florida and have decided to stay here to fix it up and teach PreCollege at Ringling (which starts on Monday!)
I've been working on a few freelance projects too, the first being Some Pig in the City, written by Jodi Kendall(which is a serialized project where new chapters and artwork post every two weeks (it should wrap up in August) and an early reader book titled No Cookies For You published by Heinemann Young Readers.
So things are quite busy and exciting! The above illustration is an in-progress sample from the No Cookies book. I've been working digitally for both assignments. For PreCollege, I'll be teaching Illustration and Painting, which will be a nice excuse for me to switch back over the the pen nibs and paintbrushes for a while! I'll post demos if I get a chance.
Here's a snapshot of another 3-hour oil study from this weekend's figure painting session.
This was a pretty challenging setup. All the values were mid to low key and I had to really push for contrast. I initially started out just wanting to do a hand study, but there were so many lost edges that 5 minutes into it I started over (because I could tell it was gonna look like a blob) and decided to take on the whole pose. Glad I did because it was more fun and turned out way better than I anticipated.
I love getting to retreat for 3 hours and paint the figure. It's so fun sitting in silence with a few friends, just painting away. I feel so recharged!! Going to need the energy for this LAST WEEK of SCHOOL!
I finally get to share with you some artwork I've been making behind the scenes!
I've been collaborating with my talented writer friend, Jodi Kendall (check out her site at www.jodikendall.com) and the talented editor Molly O'neil from Storybird (the same editor who discovered and edited Veronica Roth's Divergent trilogy!)
Storybird commissioned 10 writers and illustrators (hence, Jodi and me) to help launch their new longform book platform. What is that, you might ask? To give it some context, Storybird.com is an exciting new way of being creative. It's an online image archive/social community/young readers library where people can go to write stories inspired by beautiful artwork, comment and discuss ideas, and read picture books and chapter books. The chapter books are the newest edition, aka longform books. Jodi has written an inspiring, charming book titled Some Pig in the City. A new chapter posts every two weeks with illustrations.
So, I am joyously sharing with you the cover for Some Pig in the City, along with a few close-up details, and how the platform looks on an iPad.
This is a study I did maybe a year or so ago from a postcard that a friend sent me from the Prado museum in Madrid. It's titled Agnus Dei, by Zurbaran. It means "Lamb of God". Thought I'd repost it for this year's Easter.
I was experimenting with Golden's open acrylics, which is why there are paint dabs up above.