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 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 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).
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.
One of the dope projects I’ve been working on lately has been the rebranding of Toronto indie record label, Easy Tiger Records. One of my first blog posts was about one of their bands, Wildlife. The company has had a great year so they felt it was time to re-brand/update their company image to reflect what a dynamite label they are. This was their original logo which ultimately they decided they wanted to update rather than start fresh.
They wanted a more hand drawn feel, to balance out the overall design, as well as pay some respect to the year they were established, and the great city they live in.
This is how it turned out. It was hand drawn with a white space added to the upper to lighten the weight of it. An established date was added in the middle to break up some of the negative space. The lower half really shows the hand drawn feel with the script looking less like it was done with a computer, and the filigree was made more organic with line weights that matched other areas of the design. Finally Toronto was slid in at the bottom inspired by old bank notes.
Along with the main logo, there’s some more logo work and imagery we’ve been working on. I’ll post again soon about this project when everything is finalized, and is rolled out on their new site.