Phoenix, Inked

Phoenix home inked

Phoenix home inked

I had my layout questions for the portrait edges answered with another set of photos and was finally able to ink in the home portrait.  As it turns out, there was an interesting little stone wall behind the car.

This should color up nicely.  The stucco is pale, but there are orange accent strips across the facade as well as the southwestern tile roof.  The gate on the left is a pretty golden color.  The greenery in the yard which includes some red flowers will soften the architecture.  I should finish it sometime this week and get it in the mail after the holiday in plenty of time for Christmas.

After that I’ll have to figure out what to do next.  I’m hoping my etsy store picks up some holiday purchases.  Last year I had a couple of things going by now.  Maybe the last minute purchasers will be coming through.

The Phoenix home

Phoenix house

Phoenix house

I finally got enough pictures to start the next commission on the books.  It has a stucco veneer with terra cotta accents and should color up nicely. Unfortunately, the picture I received had a car parked on the right side, covering the landscaping and the gate and the left garage eave was cut off so nothing in the side yard past the house is visible.  I’m stuck for a little bit until I get more photos. I’m hoping it doesn’t take long.  I really like to work from the landscape in, so I can’t get to far ahead of my self yet.  Thank heavens for the internet.  Once the photos are taken, they take no time to get here.

The Marine Museum

The Marine Museum

The Marine Museum

After a short delay for a family trip, I am finally close to finishing the Marine Museum black and white.  I might add a bit more to the water area, but I did not want to overdo it on the first go around.  Water is definitely not my forte.  I may add more in the grassy area to darken it up and ground the building more.  It is definitely a different mindset for a black and white drawing versus a colored one.  The importance of the positive/negative balance is much more important – and there is no erasing the ink once it has been laid down.  It actually can take longer than a colored picture because I have to look at it again and again to see what to do next.  Overall, I am happy and will finish it up tomorrow.  I don’t expect to do too much.  I still wonder what those curved spars are for though.

I have caught up with the commissions now, except for one where I am waiting on further pictures.  Unfortunately they seem to be in no rush to get them to me in time for it to be finished for Christmas.  I think I’ll look at my etsy store and see what I need to add to it.  Maybe some new aceo/gift tags.  It is about time to switch some new things in and old things that haven’t sold out.

On to the next portrait

A Marine Museum Drawing

A Marine Museum Drawing

This next commission is for a smaller black and white drawing of a marine museum building. It is a six sided structure, set right on the water and boats can be docked right next to it.  It is a little more complicated than most with its six sides.  We looked at it from all vantage points and decided we liked this one the best. When looking in from the water side, it had a bell in an upper dormer, but I liked the stairwell and she did too.  I kept the little dingy laying on the shore next to the museum for added visual interest.  I wonder what those curved spars are for?  Maybe they are boat lifts for hanging smaller vessels.

Two of One

Number One

Number One

Well, here are the two home portraits. I had to adjust the driveway on the second one as it wasn’t wide enough.  I didn’t notice it when I was inking it up, but when I was comparing them in the last two posts it jumped out at me.  Fortunately, it is easier to add black than take it away.  They are quite similar as I hoped, but not exactly alike.  I rather like them each on its own, which is what I hoped to accomplish.  I’ll look at them again later today and make final adjustments, probably to the tree tops in Number Two.

Number Two

Number Two

These should go into the mail tomorrow and then on to the next commission.  It’s only black and white so it won’t take too long.  Christmas purchasing seems to be starting early this year which is just fine with me.

Number two

Black and white #2

Black and white #2

There is such a temptation, when doing a picture twice like this, to try and refer back to the original drawing and this was no exception.  I had mostly finished the first one and decided to go ahead and start the second.  The first one was sitting next to me on my rolling shelves, right at the edge of my vision and I kept having to avert my wandering eyes.  While they have to look alike, there is no way they can be exactly alike.  The foliages cannot be duplicated .  Still, I want someone to be able to see differences only under close study.  I don’t want one gift recipient to say  “I like yours better than mine.”  If I make too many references one to the other, it takes the spontaneity off of the second one.  Basically the houses have to be very similar, but the landscaping can vary somewhat.  I just want to be careful that the second one doesn’t look stale because I referred back to the first one too much.

On to the pastels later today.

One ink down, one to go

The first inking

The first inking

The inking on the first of the two drawings is almost done.  I need to do a bit more on the upper parts of the trees, balancing out the darker areas, and draw in the window curtains, but I didn’t quite get to it today.  I’m going to let it sit and then finish the inking before I start on the next one.  The whole process will take somewhat longer than normal but it is the way I feel most comfortable working on this project.

The feel of this one is a bit different from other home portraits I’ve done.  With the focus a bit farther out, it definitely has more of a neighborhood atmosphere.  For such a simple house, this is not necessarily a bad thing.  I once did a little brick ranch house that was up on a small hill with the viewpoint from slightly below.  It enhanced the house , making it seem much grander than it really was.  The pale yellowish siding on this will make this small structure a natural focal point amid all of the green foliage.  The sidewalks will stay light too.

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