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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Spiderman Cowboy

Not much to show of late, unfortunately.  My mind races nearly constantly with all sorts of things from work problems to the impending birth of our twin girls in the next couple weeks.  It races so much so, that when I do have an hour to spend alone (of sorts), as in the hour I had last week waiting for my daughter to finish her tumbling practice, and with the premeditated intent of sketching in the sketchbook, I could do nothing more than stare at the blank page before me for at least five minutes without a hint of what to sketch.

So, I flipped through the images on my phone and came upon a photo of our boys dressed in their superhero outfits, and decided to draw Owen, who had the impressive combination of a Spiderman suit with a cowboy hat.  The hat was red, so it matched.  Even if it hadn’t, the combo was impressive!

Owen as a Spiderman cowboy. Pencil sketch in the Moleskine sketchbook.

Owen as a Spiderman cowboy. Pencil sketch in the Moleskine sketchbook.

 

Why So Blue?

Right after dinner is a good time to doodle, if I’m gonna do it at all.  Before that, I’m usually doing the dishes, then cooking dinner.  Usually, I’ll have right at 45 minutes, to an hour after dinner and before giving the boys a bath, and if I’m quick, I can get a bit in – usually in the sketchbook.  This night was no different.

I got out the Speedball India ink and the dip pen & nibs, and used my daughter as a facial model to sketch out the face.  I used a small brush to paint in some of the thicker lines, and to fill in a bit.  After that, just went crazy with the color.  I like painting like this.  No care for color choice, other than BOLD.  Things flow so much more freely when I don’t seem to care about the outcome.  There’s a lesson somewhere in there, I think.

India ink and watercolor in the Moleskine sketchbook

India ink and watercolor in the Moleskine sketchbook