Artwork – Cardinal on Branch

Here is a recent digital painting of a cardinal on a branch.  It was done in a more painterly style, and I’ll add it to my collection of animal pictures.

Prints here,

cardinal on branch artwork by Angela Murdock

 

500 Images!

I recently uploaded our 500th image at Murdock’s Gallery! And, I’m not stopping at 500!  We definitely plan to add a lot more over the year.  You can expect to see more photographs, personal artworks, illustrations and videos.

What to expect this year, well for those interested, I plan to continue my animal series, and it will ultimately turn into far more than just a series.  I have enough animal and wildlife illustrations planned to eventually make a separate portfolio page just for these images. It is something I really enjoy drawing/painting at the moment, and I’m fully embracing it.

I’m also working as an illustrator for an author who has a year long project planned.  At the moment I’m not sure exactly what I can say, but as I get permission, I’ll see if I can eventually share some of the sketches and finished work.  Stay tuned for more info about that in the summer.

Along with my animal/wildlife series, I’d also like to begin working more heavily on illustrations for my own personal story that I began writing during Nanowrimo last November.

And last but not least, I definitely plan to continue photography, but I’m also planning to do some videos of my photograph adventures.

Hopefully by the end of the year I’ll be posting another message saying I’ve reached 750.

Cardinal Sketch

Here is another line drawing I did for practice; a sketch of a cardinal.   I’m trying to work on line variation, and doing small studies like this has been helpful so far.  I’m also doing a digital painting to add color, but I’m not finished with that yet.

cardinal-sketch drawings by Angela Murdock

Art Video – Hiding Behind Masks

I had tried to post this video before, but had some problems.  So, here we go again!  This is my youtube art video showing the coloring process of my recent digital painting.  I think most of my other videos so far have been artwork of animals, so this is a look at how I paint a face.  Portraits are my favorite, but I always seem to struggle in the beginning of a painting.  Things usually come together in the end, which is always a good feeling.

Hiding Behind Masks

I finished my digital painting, and I’m pretty happy with it.  I’ve been drawing clowns for a while now.  They appeal to me mostly because of their awkwardness, and maybe I relate to that.  For me it isn’t just a picture of a clown, but of a woman maybe feeling awkward, shy or guarded that feels she needs to hide her true self (in this case using make up and a mask).  I think that is kind of what most of my clown pictures represent; a broken person hiding behind masks, or trying to get attention in the wrong ways, or feeling very vulnerable and awkward not really sure how to fit in, or maybe just a goofy person.  Maybe they are all little pieces of me.  How many masks do you hide behind?

Prints available here

Hiding Behind Masks Portrait Art by Angela Murdock

Hiding Behind Masks WIP

I thought I’d share my digital painting WIP.  I had posted the drawing earlier, but I’ll post part of it here again so you can see the comparison.  I actually like both the drawing and digital painting, so ultimately I might make prints for both versions.  I recorded the painting process so far, so I’ll eventually upload a video when this is finished.  The hardest part is the face, and that is mostly done.  So, hopefully I can finish the rest of the picture tonight.

hiding-behind-masks-wip

And here is the sketch

wip