To help commemorate their 25th anniversary, I was commissioned by friends of mine to draw their house.
I took a few photos, selected the best one for rendering and this is the pencil stage...
...it's a large piece and I am quite happy with how it turned out (which is unusual because I'm never happy with how it turns out).
This is a partially inked stage; the house is fully rendered but the foliage only outlined. For a while I debated leaving it like this...
...but it just looks unfinished. I tried using a grey wash but that looked too flat, so I ended up rendering the whole thing.
This gives you a good look at level of detail and just how tiny these lines are...
...and now to zoom out to the full image:
Some pieces take on a life of their own and I just watch---sometimes in horror, sometimes pleasantly surprised---as the drawing morphs away from my original intention. This piece came out almost exactly the way I had expected.
I am very happy with it and so are Theresa and Peter. Happy Anniversary!
I did two small drawings before moving on to bigger and better things...
Val, long time rider, and Hercules, the most distinctive looking horse at Pride Stables
a friend let us use their cottage so I did this as a thank-you...
...which got me to thinking that I could do a "Invite-Ger-to-Stay-at-Your-Place-and-Get-a-Drawing-of-Your-House Tour."
Could be a lot of fun; travel the country, meet old friends and fans, do some signings, maybe do a couple of conventions.
Ah... it's nice to daydream.
Back to work.
When colouring 'Ear to the Ground' prints, I always turn it upside down and colour the reflection in the floor before anything else...
I kind of like how it looks this way; all topsy-turvy and with no other colours as a distraction.
Of course it doesn't last long before I turn it around and colour the rest.
I've discovered that it's much easier and far less messy to carve pumpkins digitally...
I also started thinking that with most jack-o-lanterns the eyes are cut out, therefore they are lit up and appear as "white", while the mouth is cut out and the teeth are dark. Shouldn't the teeth be white as well? What would that look like?
Maybe something like this:
Then I wondered what that'd look like during the day...
I should get back to work.
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Catching up on my colouring, a quick commission, and gettin' the boat tucked away...
"Live each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit,
and resign yourself to the influences of each."
- Henry David Thoreau