I’m not much in the habit of doing fan art any more, but every now and then I just can’t help myself. I’ve been wanting to do Captain Marvel since she was redesigned, but I never really got to it — until a friend designed a hipster variant that she’s crocheted for a pretty amazing piece of cosplay. I guess I wanted to celebrate her and her amazing craft more than anything else, so how could I resist?
6″ x 8″. Watercolor on paper.
Captain Marvel is copyright Marvel Comics.
Back in November I had an opportunity to show some small paintings at a coffee shop here in town. I was fortunate to share the show with a dear friend of mine. I honestly can’t remember how we both wound up doing super hero pieces (I think it just wound up that way) but in the end I did twelve small watercolors — six from the Marvel universe and six from the DC universe.
It only recently occurred to me that I still need to post them to the blog. Mystique will get the ball rolling for us…
8″ x 10″. Watercolor on paper.
I just found out about this wonderful thing that happens in Portland, Oregon every year and I couldn’t not participate! It’s called Women of Wonder Day, and it’s a benefit for Domestic Violence programs in Portland, Oregon; Flemington, New Jersey; and San Antonio, Texas. It’s an auction, and the really wonderful thing is that 100% of the proceeds go to Domestic Violence charity programs.
Check out their website, and please, help out if you can! If nothing else, there’s going to be a lot of great art to look at.
Since I’ve been showing pretty steady updates of the Shadow Cat and Colossus piece I thought it’d be fun to put it all in an animated gif. From thumbnail to final, you can watch the piece come together one step at a time.
On a related note: I installed the demo of Adobe Captivate so that I can film myself working on my next piece — I just have to decide what that’s going to be. To that end, I may post some candidates over the next week and let the good people of the internet weigh in.
After staring at it all day, I really only found a few small (but critical) moves to make to bring this piece to a satisfactory finish. Of course the more I look at it the more I’ll find that I want to change, but I have to let go sometime. The work is never really good enough and that’s okay. That’s what keeps driving many of us forward.
May the images your mind is capable of conceiving forever be better than what your hands are capable of constructing.
I think this piece may be done, but I’m going to sleep on it. Chances are I’ll find a few things here and there to fiddle with to make the piece stronger — I usually do. (Well, I usually fiddle at any rate.)
This is kind of the most important step in many ways. Sometimes you’ve gotta paint, and sometimes you’ve got to walk away to gain some distance and perspective. I’ll do whatever fine tuning I need to do tomorrow when I’m able to see things more clearly.
After a little more time things are looking pretty solid. If I had to guess, I’d say I’m about halfway done at this point. But sadly it’s the back half that — as I slow down to make better choices and fine tune the details — takes the longest amount of time. I have a vague idea of what I want to do with the background, but haven’t really begun to think about it with any amount of seriousness.
Here’s the first in progress shot as I was plugging away at this piece. Most of the hard work with these is figuring out the value strings — once that’s done it’s just a matter of rendering, which, really, is the easy part. At this stage I can also tell if my color sensibilities are WAY off, so it’s in my best interest to kind of knock things in.
As far as roughing-in goes, this one went pretty quickly. Next up: the fun stuff!
I’m going to try something new over the next couple of days; I feel as if I’ve been posting a lot of sketch work recently, and not a whole lot of finishes. So, I’m going to post some progress shots of a new piece I’m working on. It might also inspire me to get myself in gear and finish it up.
Have a good week, everyone.