The wedding commissions are finished

Finally finished

The last of the wedding portraits is finished and all are in the mail.  After over a month of steady work, the entire commission is done.  With so many portraits scheduled in a row, I found that working about 2 hours a day kept the creative juices flowing but not staled, especially towards the end.  All four proved to have their own set of challenges,

For this one, because the house was so long and linear, I decided to curve the lawn in front to add some softness.  I rather like the effect now that it’s done.

All done

All done

After nine days of work, a short cut to the final inking on this one.  It was pretty complicated, but fairly straight forward.   No arched, pointed windows and openings to slow me down like that first one.  Just squares, rectangles and plain old siding.  Can you imagine having your wedding here?  It seems like it would be an elegant place inside, with southern hospitality, airy rooms, and cool drinks.

Back to complicated

Pencil up

Pencil up

On to gift number three and back to a commercial wedding venue.  This one is more complicated than that first one. It didn’t seem so when I first looked at all of the the photos, but it certainly has turned out to be that way.  Once again,  I limited the pre-drawing a bit. There is so much going on that it is too easy to get lost in the details before I really need them. It can actually get intimidating with a drawing that has so much going on.  After inking the big palm trees, I will again work piecemeal in shorter sessions and finish one section at a time.  And hope my eyes and brain don’t get too crossed.

Next one up

A simple ranch

A simple ranch

I opted to take the simplest one of the remaining three to do next. My eyes and brain need the rest. LOL  It would appear that this was a wedding at someone’s residence.  The house has white siding, asphalt shingles and a massive stone fireplace.  It’s not quite as exotic as the last one, but it is lovely in its own way.  I will enjoy all of that lush landscaping, too.

Red brick in the mail

Red brick ranch

Red brick ranch

After several rounds of watercoloring, the brick ranch is finally finished.  The brick was a solid red with no variations which is always a little harder. There are no subtle color combinations to move the eye around the facade, so I had to use the shutters, quoins and set back entry to help do that.   Because this is only an 8×6 drawing, the smallish doorway got lost in the shadows of the porch.  I used a narrow white line to bring it back out.  I was rather pleased with the effect since the door had effectively disappeared and who doesn’t want to see the entry of their home.

It is off to its new home in Virginia, I think as a realtor gift.

 

A brick ranch commission

Brick ranch

Brick ranch

Last week I got a nice surprise – a portrait commission from a Virginia realtor.  Fortunately, it didn’t need to have Christmas delivery so I can working at my regular pace and still get myself ready for the imminent holidays.

It is a nice brick ranch house with a variety of roof lines and some pretty window details.  The corners have a single raised brick line every 5 courses or so.  At first I thought it was a square quoin, but on much closer inspection (and an emailed question), it turned out to be just one row at a time.  I’ve not seen that particular brick corner detail before and my eyes kept wanting to make more of it.

The portrait’s coming along so far.  There are quite a few architectural details here for an 8×6 drawing, but that just makes it interesting.

The inking pretty well done

Mostly inked

Mostly inked

I’ve done as much on the inking as I will do for now.  I’m pretty pleased with the value ranges of all of the trees, but will use the watercolors to set out most of the shadowing.  It has a of a limited color palette, being mostly shades of green and brown, but I will probably throw in some purples for shadowing.  The accent colors are only light yellows, so that doesn’t brighten it up much.  It will take as long as the inking did, I think, to work out a color scheme to unify it but not be boring.

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