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Head Study: Relighting

I stalk my friends and family for pictures of faces in different kinds of light. Here I started with one of those pictures and compared it to a reference sculpture, then changed the light on the sculpture and tried to … Continue reading

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Rachel and sons

Just finished a portrait commission. The clients posed for photos, and then sat while I did quick sketches to get familiar with their faces. I used both photos and sketches as reference while drawing the portrait.  

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Sausal Crossing Study

Another color sketch of the crossing at Sausal Creek, where vines hang from the trees and ivy-covered canyon walls rise on both sides. It’s becoming my favorite spot, but I still struggle to convey the feeling of it.

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Gouache Studies

For the last few weeks I’ve been getting familiar with gouache. I like gouache because I can do little studies like these in my sketchbook, in the TV room with my dog nearby, instead of holed up at the back … Continue reading

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Painting Progression

I get the monthly newsletter from Oakland Mayor Jean Quan. She gets lots of complaints, but of course in her newsletter she always sounds positive, so this portrait. The idea was pretty clear in the thumbnail, but there were a … Continue reading

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Clothed Figure Study

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Clothed Figure Study

Oil, 18″hx11″w.

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Folds study

Studies of folds this week, and hitting my limits with pastel. Sometimes it gets uglier before it gets better.

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Figure Study

This week figure studies in color.

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Figure Study

Nupastel, playing with edges and overlaps.

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