Kakegawa

I went to Japan in 2005 for 8 days.  I thoroughly enjoyed my time there.  We got to see Kakegawa castle while we were there, although it was closed for repairs.  The outside was magnificent.  I’m a big fan of Urban Sketchers and thought maybe I’d give it a go – you know doing it like they do.  My first, sort of, urban sketch (although it was from a photo, which is taboo for those guys).  One day I’ll do a live one, then feel like I’ve accomplished something.  Meanwhile, check out the Urban Sketchers website.  It’s fantastic!

Watercolor & fine sharpie pen in the Moleskine watercolor sketchbook.

Watercolor & fine sharpie pen in the Moleskine watercolor sketchbook.

Murray

Here’s another mini-portrait on the back of a business card (my niche).  It was modeled after a photo of Bill Murray from the web (photo credit to Ben Margo – AP).  The business card, being so narrow, makes me tend to elongate heads.  So, it ends up not looking a heckuva lot like Bill Murray (sorry, dude).  Here are the process shots…

Began with a light sketch

Began with a light sketch

Inked in with Pentel brushpens

Inked in with Pentel brushpens

Finished off with watercolor

Finished off with watercolor

Sleeper

My daughter fell asleep at the dinner table one night, and I got a picture of it.  Since I’m enjoying doing these miniature portraits on the back of business cards, I thought it would be a fun photo to try.  Not such a boring photo… you know, mix it up a bit.  OK, so here’s Jordan:

She fell asleep: Brushpen & watercolor on the back of an old business card.

She fell asleep: Brushpen & watercolor on the back of an old business card.

Tommy

Another miniature portrait on the back of a business card.  This time, during lunch at work.  Good thing I can shut my door.  It’s my Uncle Tommy.

"Tommy", watercolor and Kuretake #8 brush pen on the back of a business card

“Tommy”, watercolor and Kuretake #8 brush pen on the back of a business card

Steve Mac

Boy, twins are a lot of work!  The lack of output here on this blog is mostly due to the business (read, busy-ness) of taking care of infant identical twin girls.  Oh, but do I love them immensely!  I wouldn’t trade the experience for the world, or all the art in it.

I do, however, use that as a crutch… an excuse of sorts because I am able to do some things in short spurts.  For example:

"Steve": Kuretake #8 brush pen and watercolor on the back of an old business card.

“Steve”: Kuretake #8 brush pen and watercolor on the back of an old business card.

This was done in about 15-20 minutes, just after the boys had their baths and were watching TV before bed time, so there are opportunities for me to be creative.  I just have to resolve to take advantage of them.

Anyway, I think I may have found a niche here.  I could offer to paint quick, 5-15 minute, miniature portraits on the backs of business cards for a small sum – free shipping, of course.  Set up a website, draw some traffic.  Yeah, maybe so.  Thoughts?

Impressionistic Selfie

I took this selfie of me wearing my daughters glasses.  (I wear glasses, but they’re nowhere near as cool as hers)  I really wanted to paint the other night, and I only had about 30-45 minutes to do it in, so I got my acrylics and a 6″ x 9″ watercolor pad and settled on that selfie.

I painted loosely, mostly dabbling the paint on and mixing it on the paper.  I fought the urge to render, and I was pleased with the effect of painting so loosely.  It’s a really rewarding way to paint.  Reminded me of rotoscoping… well, sort of.

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I have been busy! Seems I posted last in July of last year. Holy cow! Well, not much has happened in the way of art, other than doodlings and sketches here and there. I’ll see about going back and capturing some of that, then posting it later on. Meanwhile, this happened at lunch today with a Micron 005 pen on the back of one of my old business cards.

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