The commission house is complete

All done

I finished the last commission and it has arrived in its new home.  I neglected to take a final, final photo for some reason.  I guess I just forgot in the attempt to get it out and now it is too late.  This is pretty close though.  I had added more depth to the shadows and a bit more color to the landscaping and the little squirrel.  I forgot to add some color to his tail and just saw it.   My photography never looks as good as the real thing which is why I always hesitate to send the client much more than pencil previews.  Besides, that would ruin the wow factor I hope for when the package is opened.

Up next is Peiper the dog’s house mate Kurt, the cat.  The client liked the first pet portrait so much, he decided that Kurt needed his own.  He was described ans fat and surly, so I hope I can capture that.

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Watercolored title page

The front and last pages (folded in the middle)

I watercolored what will be the front piece and end page.  I am debating going back and putting sky into most of the bigger landscapes.  Originally, I thought that I needed to leave the space white for the words, but upon reflection, the writing should be easily visible through the blue sky and I think the expanses maybe need some color.

Any opinions on that?

Watercolored

I have watercolored the book images in.  I was a little worried about the paper warping since it is just thicker mixed media paper, but it went pretty well.  I think the sheets will flatten nicely when squished into the scanner.  It is a fold in the middle book so these are really 2 facing pages each with writing on one.  I forgot about a title and end page, so that is left to do.

Page 1

Page 2

Page 3

 

 

Page 4

Page 5

Page 6

Page 7

Page 8

Gizmo done


Gizmo

I finished Gizmo’s watercolor portrait, and I must say, I like it much better than the acrylic one.  I was able to be much more delicate in depicting him – and he was a very delicate little guy.  I think for portraiture (both pet and architectural) that pen and ink with the watercolor or pastel overlay is much more suited to my style.  I really need to take an acrylic class and get a better idea of technique.

Jasper Watercolors

Watercolored

I finished the watercolors for this Jasper streetscape.  The storefronts in this rural Indiana town are to die for.  You don’t see architecture like this being built anymore and I love to find it thriving here.

I enjoyed all of the patterned brickwork on the second story, although it was not the easiest thing in the world to paint.  It’s amazing how my eye (and hand) kept jumping around when all I wanted to do was alternate the colors in a small area.  I made a couple of mistakes, but fortunately I could easily fix them as I progressed.  All of the layers helped too.  This is the last interesting shop front in this town square, so I will have to be looking around for a new one.  I need some inspiration.

Another Jasper streetscape

Another Jasper storefront

I looked at the date of my last post and couldn’t believe it has been a month since then.  Such was my May.  We had one out of town family move and another period helping an elder family member start the process to downsize and move into a more assisted living situation.  I think I spent about as much time out of town as in.

But now I’m back to the drawing table with an old standard.  I really love this small town main square.  Jasper has one of the most colorful downdowns I have seen in Indiana and I love depicting all of the colors of the buildings.  Here is the pencil up of another red brick/green trim shop.  Let the inking begin.

 

The three amigos

The three amigos

The three calves painting is now finished and I am fairly happy. I think the one thing I might change is to have made the whole thing somewhat larger. In hindsight, trying to cram all of these guys into a 6×7 frame made it more difficult than perhaps was necessary.  I had a harder time inking with the thicker nib pen and there wasn’t as much room to layer the defining colors.  Lesson learned. Give each animal room enough for its own space.

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