Then & Now: Shy Clown Video

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.

Enjoy this first video!

Shy Clown

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.

Prints available here.

Shy Clown: Artwork 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

Masks – Sketch

Here’s a drawing I’ve been working on.  I’ve always loved drawing clowns and have been for several years now.  I think my clowns tend to look more like the Pierrot type of clown.  Anyway, I’ll post more about all that later.  For now I thought I’d share this sketch.  It will more than likely be a base sketch for a digital painting, but as of now I really like the drawing too.

masks - art by angela murdock

Memory: A Female Portrait

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.

Prints available here

memory: a female portrait - art by Angela Murdock