I have an unfortunate tendency to abandon works of art, as I’m creating them, if they start going off track. I’m working on not doing that, but it’s built-in that if it starts looking like the piece won’t work as planned, I just give up and go do something else.
It’s something that only applies to art, whereas with the rest of my life I tend to see the problem and deal with it, working around it as I can. I’m trying to fix it when I do art, and the ink card I finished last night (the second one) is a good example of it.… Read the rest
I decided that, for the gallery, I was going to take three famous “monster” actors and put an ink card for each in a frame, to sell at the gallery. I already have the Dr. Phibes that I did, and I wasn’t convinced that the Phantom of the Opera was going to work in it.
So I put that one aside and created a new Lon Chaney Sr. piece, this one based on his character from the film London After Midnight. It’s the same as the other cards, 5″ x 7″ ink on 140 lb.… Read the rest
I started out to make a new sketchcard (same size and specs as the others, 5″x7″ inked), with the idea of doing one of Lon Chaney Sr.’s famous monsters. I chose his Phantom of the Opera, basing it off of a couple of photos.
As I worked though, for some reason a certain softness, a certain humor even, worked its way into the image. It’s not as horrific a monster as I started out to make, and I think it’s much more Chaney than Phantom.
Whether I succeeded or not is up to you fine people, but I did decide to change the name I was going to give it.… Read the rest
I was hoping to do quite a few more small inked cards (I’ve been calling them “sketchcards”), but I haven’t had as much time as I’d hoped. But, tonight, I managed to get one finished.
I call it Phibes, and it’s based on the character from the “Dr. Phibes” movies. Since it’s Vincent Price Day, I thought that would be a good thing to try. It’s a 5″ x 7″, 140 lb. cold press paper, inked.
As always, let me know what you think.
While I was at the booth at the Gallery Underground (Ft. Collins, CO) this evening, I created another sketchcard. After a failed attempt at an Iron Giant sketch (let us never speak of it again), I created this one below. I call it “Rough Times”.
Like the other two, it’s 5″ x 7″, ink, on 140 lb. Cold Press stock. It’s quite similar to the one I did last night, but that was (more or less) unintentional. I started out with the idea of inking a Creature From The Black Lagoon, but partway though decided to try something else.… Read the rest
Here’s the second of the sketchcards that I’ll have at the gallery, starting tomorrow night. They are fun, and they are also helping me get back into the swing of things with inkwork.
This one is of a mask/sculpture of Pacal, the Mayan ruler of Palenque. I think inks are fun to do, and years ago I remember enjoying them a lot. I think they will be nice things to sell as original art pieces as well.
This one is also 5″ x 7″, as the gargoyle from yesterday was. The first version is more or less how it looks in person.… Read the rest
I’ve seen several artists online talk about doing original sketchcards, either at local galleries or at conventions. It’s something I’ve been considering for awhile as well, and with the new gallery I thought I’d give it a try.
Here’s the first one, an ink sketch based on a gargoyle I have. It’s 5″ x 7″, so pretty small, and I think I’d sell them at a very cheap, reasonable price. Let me know, as always, what you think: