I’ve been very busy this past week. A friend of mind Brad (no relation), twists my arm every once in a while to get involved in shows or contests… nine times out of ten I bail. This time I thought it could be an opportunity to see what I could do with my sketches I’ve been making of cartoon characters. I approached it much like I was doing back in 2006 with my Music Royalty series.
Charlie Brown, Milhouse & SpongeBob SquarePants
I started on some Masters of the Universe sketches: Man at Arms
I also got going on roughing out the fox for my forest painting.
I’d like the thank everyone for their support with the forest painting. By Saturday morning I had sold them all. If you’re interested in grabbing one of these let me know ASAP. I’m not sure how many more I’m going to be able to make because the stencil will only last for a handful of sprays. I can make a limited number more. Once again if you’re interested in purchasing one, please email me at email@example.com subject line “forest painting”. And in the email let me know if you want the grey or the natural background.
On another note…one of the many projects I’ve been working on the last few weeks, has been modifying my booth for friend and former roommate Claire Manning.
It started with sanding, painting, and adding new knobs to an old dresser.
She had an old Umbra door clothing rack that I repainted, and made notches in the wall, so it would fit and prevent it from sliding from side to side. Finally I made simple shelves using cheap metal brackets.
Booth turned out great. Claire, another friend Michelle, and I got up at 3:30am this morning to set it all up.
If you’re hitting up the One Of A Kind Show in Toronto, be sure to stop by her booth. She’s at BOOTH P33. She’s selling tea towels, aprons, napkins and pillows.
I finished my stencil! After 10 months of picking away at it I cut my last piece on Monday at 2:30 am.
Felt good to finally have it done. The work wasn’t over though. I had to make a frame to slide the canvas into so the stencil could lay flat and I could make some sort of registration.
After that I tinted the white areas of the canvas so my highlights stencil would stand out.
Then I finally sprayed it. After layering colours over and over I got to a point where it looked perfect. Here they are…
So as you can see, this is just a section. I decided I can’t reveal it yet. I have only a fox to paint in and I don’t want to let the cat out of the bag just yet. From here on out any progress shots will be closeups until it’s finished.
So as I mentioned at the beginning of the post, I have spent the last 10 months working away at this. It has shaved a couple years off my hands and back so I decided I would make other versions for as long as the stencils will hold up for other people to enjoy. Yup, they’re on sale. Here they are….
3ft x 2ft (36″ x 24″) Spray paint on wood panel (grey)
3ft x 2ft (36″ x 24″) Spray paint & wood stain on wood panel (natural)
In the grey version I have painted the panel before adding the stencils. On the tan version I have applied natural wood stain to the panel before adding the stencils. Both are $200 each.
If you’re interested in purchasing one, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org subject line “forest painting”. And in the email let me know if you want the grey or the natural background. Please note each painting is unique and will differ from all others (it’s the nature of this process) so they may differ somewhat from these photos but will look every bit as good.
By one for yourself or give one as a gift (wink wink, nudge nudge).
Back to work,
I’m in the homestretch now with my forest stencil. I finally finished the first stencil which was for the shadows.
I’m onto the second one now which will make up the highlights. It’s been going super fast in comparison…. there is just simply less detail to cut.
I’m super pumped to be painting this within the next couple of weeks. In the first post about this painting I mentioned it’s been a long time coming (about 5-6 years). It’ll be great to move on to other projects I’ve had on the back-burner. I’ve decided instead of making one painting from these, I will make a few of them. Stay tuned! Next post should be the fruits of my labour.
I’ve been a bit all over the place lately, but I’ve recommitted myself to my forest stencil that I bagan at the beginning of 2014. It’s a beast, and with all of the detail it takes forever.
I’m really starting to make ground on it and you can begin to see the trees forming.
To get myself inspired again, I hit up a few art shows in only a couple of days. I checked out Hanna Hur‘s Get Well Soon Slow Editions Book Launch at Art Metropole which was different than most shows I attend. The art book was comprised of flower drawings created while in the hospital, of arrangements visitors had left for the artist. It was pretty rad and the shop as well.
The second show I attended that night was Jon Todd‘s Outsiders at Hermann & Audrey which showcased his brand of portraiture and story telling through mixed media painting and collage. It’s alway great to see his work in person (like any artist for that matter) because you don’t get to experience the scale and depth of the materials used from a computer screen.
To be honest I walked right through Michelangelo: Quest for Genius. I’m not sure if it’s just where I’m at with my own art, but I just found it completely boring. The Alex Colville show in my opinion was amazing. Room upon room of countless works and sketches spanning his career. I found his water colours of the war really cool and thought they would inspire many concept artists with his execution.
Now that I’ve seen that Alex Colville inspired so much of The Shining I should finally watch it… this week would be perfect.
I’m pretty pumped to share my latest painting. It’s been about three or more years since I’ve painted anything over 8″x10″.
Here it is – “Battery” 40″x40″ Spray paint & oil on canvas (eyes are oil paint).
Here’s some process shots
That’s it for now…
I’ve been super busy the last couple of months working on new projects, and finishing some old. I realized I had missed sharing some sketches I had done before I got going on my new commercial portfolio.
The next time I take a go at these, I want to try using gesso first. The boards were really drinking up the paint, and at times I found it difficult to move my brush across the surface smoothly.
Finally, the last two weeks I’ve been working on a new piece that I had been planning to do for quite a while now. It’s a wolf painting 40″x40″ in spray paint and oil. I’ll share it next post… until then here’s a preview (wasp not included).
So my stencil cutting has ended for now. Just not enough hours in the day. I have wedding to shoot this weekend, so I’ve been prepping for that. Having to focus on my photography, allowed me to finally export a lot of my pics to an external drive to clear some much needed space (100+ Gigs worth). Then I finally imported a pile of pics I had taken in late December to the present.
Here’s one of them from the Toronto ice storm …click on it and it will jump you to my flickr page.
I’ve got more to post on my flickr once I have the time to go through them all.
Still keeping up with the daily sketches, here are last week’s:
This week I went with a cat theme, I’ll share next post. After that I have a Snoopy sketched so maybe I’ll do a dog week.
Here’s how far I am now on my stencil.
I didn’t have too much time to spend on it this past week, so I didn’t get as far as I wanted to be right now. It’s nice being at this end of the stencil because the larger the sections I have to cut out, the less time it takes me to cut a larger space. I’ve been watching quite a few art documentaries while I cut, so I might add a list to this blog next update. I’ve also been doing some super quick sketches of characters I dug when I was growing up. This is new territory for me. I drew fan art when I was a kid, but the older I got the more I got involved in design and just working on my own ideas.
They’re super rough but if you like, follow me on my instagram and I’ll add more as I go… they’re maybe not as you remeber them, but it’s my instagram so I can do what I want.
My instagram: @Leitch
As usual my latest painting is taking a crazy amount of time. In a previous post I said it was a new old painting that I was working on. It’s new because it’s my latest painting….it’s old, because I started it roughly 5 years ago. I’ve always planned to do this painting and the thought had never waivered on the subject matter.
Six years ago I started by painting the background, and then it sat leaning against a wall collecting dust. It’s going to be a red fox walking down a trail. I’m going to go about it much differently than I would have when I started. Chances are it would have look more like this piece.
Ink outlines, airbrushing, and a bit of oil paint on the details, all with the background comming through. My plan this time around is to cut a massive 2 colour stencil of the forest where the background will come through, and the fox will be solid oil paint and I’m going to make it as realistic as possible. In my head it works, will have to see if the two styles blend together enough and doesnt just look like one image sitting on top of another.
Here’s where I’m at with the stencil.
You can’t see much at this point but it should come together the more I get cut. I’m at about 40-50 hours of cutting in two weeks so far and I’m about a quarter done. The second stencil doesn’t have nearly as much cutting. It will probably equal the amount I’ve completed on this one, so that’s good news. It’s going to be a while before this one’s done. It won’t be that thrilling but I’ll do an update post or two to show where I’m at.