It’s been a while since I’ve last posted, but I’ve been hard at work planning a lot of projects and art gallery submissions/attendances at conventions for 2015! It’s going to be (already is) a busy year for me and I couldn’t be more excited to take on new challenges. I’m optimistic and motivated to do a lot this year and as always, I’m a big believer in the idea that “fortune favors the brave”.
Anyhow, one of my first projects that I’m working on right now are some paintings that will be auctioned off at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity’s 4th Annual Red Dot Auction. The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity is an awesome organization that works tirelessly to expand the reach of the arts and to inspire the creativity in budding artists. I’ve requested and received two 12×12 canvases that I’m working on right now.
These babies have already been gesso’d and are ready for the pencil drawings. For this project, I wanted to plan out the drawings a little differently than how I usually do. Typically I sketch out the painting in my sketchbook, but I thought I’d try sketching out the ideas for my paintings out in Photoshop. In doing this I was able to get an accurate sense of scale, spacing and make decisions about color choices in advance.
Here’s Canvas No. 1-Sketch: I sketched a classic Bugs Bunny lost in the desert.
“I knew I shoulda turned left at Albuquerque!”
I made two samples for the colors on this painting since I was also curious about how a version that used more primary colors would work ( As Bugs would say, “You don’t have to be crazy to do this… But it sure helps!”). The style I’m going for with these is something along the lines of Roy Lichtenstein ( all that 60’s pop-art goodness-I dig his comic-esque paintings). In doing the second color test, I think the use of mainly primary colors comes across a bit harsh on the eyes… so I’m thinking about using the sample on the left.
For reference, this for example, is a very common Lichtenstein sort of painting:
Canvas No. 2–Back Alley Oproar
The 1948 Looney Tunes classic, “Back Alley Oproar” has always been one of my favorites ( I tease my brother (an opera singer) about this cartoon a lot as he sings Largo Al Factotum quite often).
Here’s a bit of the gem that is “Back Alley Oproar”
Here’s the color sketch I did:
I’m pretty happy with how the colors came out on this one and I’m super excited to start painting. I’ll be posting updates on the actual painting process.
Also, if you’re an artist interested in participating in creating artwork for the Red Dot Auction, you can find more info to request canvasses here. All artwork is due March 15th. You can swing by and get canvasses at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity (located in Costa Mesa) if you’re based in Orange County or the Los Angeles area.
Well, back to the old drawing board.