The site that I use to print my work is Pixels, and they recently added this new feature that allows you to view the art on a wall at various sizes. I love this feature because not only does it let the viewer get a decent idea of what an artwork might look like on their own wall, but it gives me the artist a chance to display different artworks together. Some of my art are stand alone pieces, but some are done in a series.
Anyway, I thought I’d share three of my portraits using this new feature. In this example they are sized at 16×20. These three portraits can be found here.
This is a recent art video showing my Shy Clown artwork. This video is the start of a new series I plan to do called Then & Now where I go back and find an old artwork from 5 to 10 years ago and completely redo it. It’s something fun for me, and good practice. And, hopefully it will be enjoyable for you to watch.
It has been a while since I’ve posted one of my artworks, and this one may seem a bit familiar to anyone that has watched this blog over the year. This is a digital painting portrait where I’ve recently added some updates. I also have the black and white version without the clown make-up and hair ribbon.
This portrait was actually a redo of a painting I did about 8 years ago. Sometimes I enjoy going back to old pictures and ideas and completely redoing them to see if I’m able to improve them. I made a video showing the old version in comparison to this new one, and I’ll make sure to add that to a blog post later today.
Have you ever realized that your visual memory of someone has started to fade. No longer are the mind’s images vivid and detailed, but instead they are more like ghosts in your mind fading in and out. Sometimes it doesn’t take a whole lot to bring back those more vivid memories of someone; maybe a smell, photo or sound does the trick. But, there are some images in my mind that just seem to be fading away. It’s not always a bad thing, I guess. But, sometimes I wish I could remember every little detail of their face.
This is another portrait I did about a year ago, but I recently converted it to black and white. I had a change of heart about the colored version, and think the black and white captures my attention more. I’ve left the colored version at my print site for those that care to look.
Every now and then I’ll create a picture that greatly exceeds my expectations and jumps to the next level in terms of technique and skill. This portrait was one of those pictures for me. When I finished it, I realized that I finally understood a lot of what I had been practicing and studying. For that reason it will always be one of my favorites.
Here’s a digital painting portrait I did last year. I thought I’d post it today because I’m in the mood for drawing some creative portraits. Unfortunately, I’m at work and my sketchbook is at home, so I’ll just have to stare at some of my older work. This portrait is a little different than my usual style, but I like it for that reason.
At the end of the year I always like to look back to see the art I did over the entire year. A lot of good things happened this year as an artist, but there is still a glaring issue I need to fix.
The amount of work I did for the year is small. Going forward I really need to push myself to create a lot more. On the plus side, I did a huge amount of photography, but my number of paintings is lacking.
Even though the amount of work I did is small, I believe that something clicked for me about half way through the year. I started to have more confidence as an artist, and my work looks stronger. I credit most of that to an online art class that I participate in, and which I will talk about more in another post.
Goals for 2016:
I want to build a larger portfolio, and also more creative compositions. I also want to practice some traditional painting. I also have a small illustration project in January that will get me off to a nice start.
Here is some of my work in order of when I painted them.
If I had to pick my favorite artwork I’ve done, I would probably choose this digital painting of a young lady dressed as a clown. There is something I connect with , but I also just like clowns. I always have.
What is she hiding behind all of that make-up? In my artwork clowns usually represent that awkwardness that so many of us sometimes feel; those moments were we feel like we don’t belong, or we want to hide behind a mask. Or maybe we desperately want that extra attention. Sometimes it doesn’t have to mean anything at all, and I just enjoy the bright colors.