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more of 2.5


freeman_eyesThis is my last post before the  final finished piece.

At the rate i’m going (2h/day give or take), i should be done by July 15th. I’ll try to whittle it down to one piece per month for the next one (any ideas?)

Since i’m using colored pencils, the hard part here was figuring out the right combination of shades for the tonal skin colors -this ate up a lot of time (help airbrush!). Also, notice that the colors are toned down/muted and less evenly spread out as opposed to if i had used acrylic airbrush. But, that’s ok -i’m going for the gritty feel here. These two still need some firming up and some more highlights but you get the idea.

Let me know what you think.

final comp2

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Step 2.5


denzel_partDecided to do the final comp in colored pencils rather than airbrush acrylic. Although i would have preferred to color using BOTH, I’m still not comfortable w/ the latter (never used it before). Wonder if there are any good online tutorials for this. Feel free to dump on my coloring technique (remember, i haven’t done this in over 10 years) …

sample_color copy


Step 2


So, i tried doing the individual elements of the piece ‘free-hand’ coz that’s what i’m used to. Problem was, i bought a really cheap illustration board w/ like half a layer of drawing paper on it so when i needed to make some erasures (from lack of practice), i literally bore a hole through the whole board!.  So, i went out and bought a better one (Bainbridge 2200, textured and cold-pressed) and then proceeded to do what any artist, “pressed for time, and wanting to move on to the next piece” would do, i lightly traced using 6H Graphite.

Glory_rough comp

(There’s a case for you right there: FREE-HAND vs TRACING).

sample With the tracing done, i went ahead and did the dark/shadowed areas of each individual section of the montage first using 3B Graphite. I’m still doing that now (see sample at left). I’ll post the final comp when done.

And then we color!


One Foot Forward


This is all new to me. Blogging. An online work journal. Talking to the world. My brother’s been bugging me about this for some time now and, well, he’s right. I used to have a REAL journal actually, a cheesy pocket-sized one that my cousin gave me on my 12th birthday, which I eventually replaced with a brown academic planner that I kept through my teens and into which I poured my thoughts from the mid-eighties to the early 2000’s. I still have both. Maybe someday i can transcribe some stories…

My two passionate interests are films (I plan to direct one soon) and art -a genetic predisposition. My younger brother has a head start on me here in that he started his work journal way back in April 2007. And he’s prolific. So, I have a lot of catching up to do.

THIS ONE, if I manage to keep the passion alive, should showcase my art (as they come to me), my thought on the process, my ramblings about film and anything related to it, and, over time, should evolve into something better.

So, here we go…