Sunday, July 31, 2011
Thursday, July 28, 2011
This is page 9 of about 25 pages. It is slow progress. It takes me around 6-8 hours per painting. Each painting is done on very thin watercolor paper. I use professional grade Winsor and Newton watercolor paints, graphite, pen and ink as well as gouache. After completing about 75% of the painting I cut it out with a small #11 exato knife and embroidery scissors. I mount it onto black mat board and then finish the painting. This style of painting is called "Scherenschnitte", and is an old German form of folk art which was brought to the United States around the mid 18th century by German and Polish immigrants. Carole had seen a few of these Scherenschitte I had done before, and was absolutely certain that this is what she wanted for her book.
Look for "And Candy Smiled" by Carole Sarkan, coming to book stores near you soon.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
My job as a sketch artist is so much fun! Here is a lovely family that I drew recently who gave me permission to post their photos and sketch on line. I drew this from life. I average about 5 minutes a face when I draw a black and white profile. What is neat is that they will cherish this silly little sketch for many years. I may not be a famous or important artist, but at least my work is appreciated and hangs all over the world.
Saturday, July 2, 2011
Due to popular demand, I have created a new web site for my quick sketches. I rarely do them by photo, but I am finding that I am turning away more people than I can possibly draw, so I am hoping this web site will give my clients another option. Please let me know if you like it? I am still making changes to it. If you have a profile photo that you want me to do a demo of to post on the web site please email it to me! I will letyou keep the original if I use it on the site. I need to do a few family examples and such.