|Wolverine Study ▲Charcoal|
|Wolverine Study ▲Digital painting in progress|
|▲ Biomorphic Abstraction from observation (an In-Class charcoal study, spring 2016).|
For some animal illustrations -especially for those intended for digital viewing or for print- I use a stylus to enhance realism. Preliminary sketches are worked up on trace paper and then the image is transferred and painted in watercolor and pencil (by working with trace paper I am able to free-hand and trace my own sketches, flipping them over horizontally to refine posture, anatomical symmetry, and composition). Sometimes the process is finished there, but if I feel that the piece needs more detail work and enhancement of color, texture, and lighting, I will paint the rest on the tablet. Its a three-step process not so dissimilar to the methods used by other natural history artists who paint with graphics tablets, and it is definitely a useful skill when traveling.
|Preliminary Sketch ▲Trace paper|
|▲ Denizens of the Pacific The finished illustration, a portrait of the Purple Stubby Squid (Rossia pacifica) and the poisonous Blue-Ringed Octopus (Hapalochlaena sp.).|
|Sketching The Clown Triggerfish (Balistoides conspicillum) on illustration board with white charcoal.Using a 'Shammy' or chamois cloth thoroughly erases lines created with vine charcoal and so it is very easy to lightly and loosely sketch out forms and merely erase and redraw lines.|
|Early layers of the Orange-Lined Triggerfish (Balistapus undulatus) in acrylic.|
|Mahi-Mahi (Coryphaena hippurus), digital.|
|Profile of the Amazon River Dolphin (Inia geoffrensis).|
Multimedia Still Life
Still lifes are not normally my specialty, but for the painting course I'm taking this semester our subjects are squashes and pumpkins. This piece is getting blocked in with acrylic but will be finished in oil paints in effort to achieve the highest photorealistic effect (more photos soon!).
|Many color washes are involved.|
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