Another fool full of ambiguity... on the surface the heart may appear foolish, but this very disposable member of the king's court is always careful and on the watch ... they cannot let themselves ever be really foolish in their actions. They are the keepers of secrets, the soothers of anger, the playthings of the … Continue reading Foolish Heart – Music-book Doodles 2022
I've been wanting to revisit some old portrait drawings / paintings and just hadn't been able to get them going... this is the first. of many to come... she is done in film pastels on salvaged music sheets. The pastels really pop on this paper. he inspiration was one of my frequent inner dialogues with … Continue reading Aren’t I Pretty – Music-book Doodles 2022
See T'Hed Fifty-Six for more... Ok, so maybe I'm reaching with my title question... a red stripe... a white stripe... where's the green stripe? Perhaps the yellow and blue floaters have the answer... if they combine... Yes, I'm reaching! The rough and raw feel (ie: messy) that I love works on this one and gives … Continue reading Working out an Inspiration – T’Hed Fifty-Seven: A Deconstructed Italian Flag?
See T'Hed Fifty-Five for more... It works... I think it works, right? The crayons spread the China marker and muddy the colours I choose for the skins... it shows less on larger faces, but adds some volume to these smaller ones. The subtle background colour choices really helped with allowing the gouache to make more … Continue reading Working out an Inspiration – T’Hed Fifty-Six: The pros and cons of small faces
See more at T'Hed Fifty-Five... I think the use of more subtle colours over the surface is allowing the black outlines to jump forward. As I went through a couple of inches of China marker making them, regardless of my fruitless attempts at not breaking it. I might have to retry charcoal with other materials... … Continue reading Working out an Inspiration – T’hed Fifty-Five: Using Mistakes
See more at T'Hed Fifty-Three... I feel this might be the best of the five I did this same day. Maybe it's the bigger face that allows the contracting colours to sine individually, or it's that I was using the materials a little better to cover the surface, or my colour choices just worked better... … Continue reading Working out an Inspiration – T’Hed Fifty-Four: Trusting the material a little more…
See T'Hed Forty-Eight for similar oddities... The medium didn't do justice to the design... well, it kinda does... Here pastels might have given a more oil painting feel and I wondered if I could have used acrylics and a pallet knife to get the texture and increase the vibrancy... I could blame the poor quality … Continue reading Working out an Inspiration – T’Hed Forty-Nine: Enough Crayons?
See T'Hed Forty-Four for more of this expletive... Seeking intensity, the protagonist allowed himself to get red with anger and then started laughing at his preposterous attempts... laughing so hard that his face got even more red. Time to get back behind the curtain and let the creativity develop as much as it can... I'm … Continue reading Working out an Inspiration – T’Hed Forty-Five: On the Verge of emotions…
See T'Hed Thirty-Nine for more on this process... In a blink off an eye, the protagonist has slipped from the narrative and so has my attention span while writing about them. The intensity with which he demanded attention in yesterday's post has become intriguingly more subtle... this world is brighter and more playful, but there … Continue reading Working out an Inspiration – T’Hed Forty: Was I really there?
See T'Hed Thirty-Eight for more on this process... Somehow the story came back into range after being away for a while... Here, the protagonist has pushed aside the other experiments and grabs the viewer up close and demands attention. All attention is focused on the emotions in the face... Now we only need to see … Continue reading Working out an Inspiration – T’Hed Thirty-Nine: Hey! I’m talking to you!