Monday, September 16, 2013

How to paint a very grumpy lion

Start light, choose a few complimentary colors, reds and yellows. As you add detail you revisit darker areas of the image and fill in the details with lion shaped lines.

 I try to keep the background soft and out of focus, cause that part is really hard to draw, and there's a lot of leaves and sticks on all the trees and that is just too much junk that nobody really cares about. Nobody has ever been like "wow that lion looks cool, but the trees in the background are amazing!"
Then with the lion I just keep drawing fur all around its head, longer fur for the mane, cause that's where the long fur is on a lion mostly, and short fur lines on the face part. Then just keep that up until the lion gets this big sourpuss scowl going on and looks all mad about life.

Add darker lavender hues and be all like "I didn't mean for it to turn out this way, all drippy and purple and squiggly, so drop it. The world doesn't need another big grouchy jungle cat going around complaining about how the art is turning out. What do lions know about water color pencil anyway. Forget you. " If this lion is going to be such a whiner I am done. I'm not even bothering with the paws. Take an attitude lesson.
How to paint a grumpy lion part 3

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Jet Jet!!!

Left this Jet Jet in the secret tunnel hedge at Lewis and Clark. My kid calls it the "party hedge" and it definitely seems  like the kind of place Lewis Carrol and Tolkien would have chilled out and snuck beers at.


Changing my life with plein air painting. Year one.

About this time last year my life got kind of shaken out. Im not here to tell you about my personal drama, but suffice it to say I ended ...