Gerz Blog http://www.gerhardart.com/apps/blog Gerz Blog en Wed, 28 Aug 2013 20:47:46 GMT Sun, 20 Apr 2014 05:42:11 GMT 60 Liitle Nemo in Gerhardland http://www.gerhardart.com/apps/blog/liitle-nemo-in-gerhardland <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> Okay... here's how the inking turned out for the Little Nemo imaginary cover:</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; text-align: left; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"> <img height="924" original-height="924" original-width="692" src="http://static.wix.com/media/a83aa0_673676a5100945a6a3741674dd0e48ad.jpg" style="border: 0px currentColor; width: 692px; height: 924px; display: inline;" width="692" /></div> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> Here's a bit of zoom in:</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; text-align: left; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"> <img height="480" original-height="480" original-width="692" src="http://static.wix.com/media/a83aa0_5977efd1bd8c4ef7813471bf23441549.jpg" style="border: 0px currentColor; width: 692px; height: 480px; display: inline;" width="692" /></div> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> Thanks to Lou Copeland who saw the pencilled version of this on a previous blog post and alerted me to this amazing project:</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://locustmoon.com/2013/08/06/dream-another-dream/">http://locustmoon.com/2013/08/06/dream-another-dream/</a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> I contacted them and let them know I was doing this commission. I said that I didn't know if they'd be interested in including this in their book. I just thought that&nbsp;I'd show it to them and I thought it was an interesting coincidence. I received this reply:</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &quot;Wow, what a wonderful surprise! We're enormous fans of your work, and it's both lucky and amazing (not to mention flattering) that you'd reach out to us while in the midst of a Nemo commission. Of course we'd be honored to include this in the book! It looks incredible already.&quot;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> So... how cool is that?</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:01:10 GMT 6e6b2c6f-15c4-44a9-892d-f7714b13c277 California here I come... http://www.gerhardart.com/apps/blog/big-wow-comicfest <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> ...right back where I started from.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> Through the generosity and graciousness of Charles Costas&nbsp;(frequent commissioner and all round great guy) and</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> Steven Morger (at Big Wow and by all indications also a great guy) I will be attending the Big Wow ComicFest!!!</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; text-align: left; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"> <img height="133" original-height="133" original-width="692" src="http://static.wix.com/media/a83aa0_223fd1f7cecb4ca9b678db767dfdfd32.jpg" style="border: 0px currentColor; width: 692px; height: 133px; display: inline;" width="692" /></div> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.bigwowcomicfest.com/">http://www.bigwowcomicfest.com/</a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> I haven't been to the Bay area for a very long time.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; text-align: left; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"> <img height="430" original-height="430" original-width="692" src="http://static.wix.com/media/a83aa0_df1129fc6dc84919a1d5039bdb722aab.jpg" style="border: 0px currentColor; width: 692px; height: 430px; display: inline;" width="692" /></div> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> My first visit&nbsp;to California&nbsp;was exactly 30 years ago for the one-and-only PetuniaCon. I love the synchronicity.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> I hope any of you in the area will be able to make it to the show and I look forward seeing you.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> It's been too long.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 13:55:10 GMT 3581d58c-c3a0-4d22-9e57-c876c9cf7588 Size Matters... http://www.gerhardart.com/apps/blog/size-matters <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> I received this commission request from Erik:</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <div id="yui_3_13_0_1_1396829603385_4505" style="text-align: center; line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> <span id="yui_3_13_0_1_1396829603385_4504" lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 10pt;">&quot;I’d like you to design a <b id="yui_3_13_0_1_1396829603385_4508">full color</b> <b id="yui_3_13_0_1_1396829603385_4509">cover</b> for a fictitious Little Nemo story. As paper size I have 15”x20” in mind (your ‘Gerhard dreams’ print format). </span> <span id="yui_3_13_0_1_1396829603385_4490" lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 10pt;">I would like a dream scene with Nemo in which there are also (dreamlike) buildings and animals. <span>&nbsp;</span>And I would like you to design the lettering for the title of this ‘book’.&quot;</span></div> <div style="text-align: center; line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> &nbsp;</div> <p style="text-align: center;"> What a great idea! I dove in enthusiastically. I laid it all out first. Then I started pencilling and when I got this far, I suddenly realized that I've laid it out with the image size as 15 x 20 instead of the paper size and that this is twice as big as requested.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; text-align: left; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"> <img height="519" original-height="519" original-width="692" src="http://static.wix.com/media/a83aa0_7b6001cead4e4200833d861932502f51.jpg" style="border: 0px currentColor; width: 692px; height: 519px; display: inline;" width="692" /></div> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> ...so...</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; text-align: left; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"> <img height="519" original-height="519" original-width="692" src="http://static.wix.com/media/a83aa0_ffd479830c124cb380a60d5400142b3c.jpg" style="border: 0px currentColor; width: 692px; height: 519px; display: inline;" width="692" /></div> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> I started again. The image size is now 12 x 16. It's a good thing I realized my mistake before I got any further. I wouldn't want to have done all of this twice...wait... I still have to ink it. So I am going to do this twice.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; text-align: left; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"> <img height="908" original-height="908" original-width="692" src="http://static.wix.com/media/a83aa0_c3b4b01b76364e6aa1d2f0db3620b12f.jpg" style="border: 0px currentColor; width: 692px; height: 908px; display: inline;" width="692" /></div> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> Stay tuned.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 00:39:06 GMT cff5e85d-95d0-4cd0-b8e3-bd6525483430 Getting Back to the Drawing Board http://www.gerhardart.com/apps/blog/getting-back-to-the-drawing-board <p> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;I've been away from home and therefore away from the drawing board for the past few weeks.</p> <div id="yui_3_13_0_6_1396180299188_23" style="text-align: center;"> We have an arrangement with friends of ours in which they go to Mexico and bask in the sunshine while we stay at their place and do renovations to their house. It's a little irksome to think of them on a sandy beach while I'm sanding their walls but we get a little extra cash and they have this wonderful thing in their basement that turns on automatically and blows warm air through the house without me having to feed wood into it every forty frickin' minutes. So it's almost like a little mini vacation for me too. Almost.</div> <div style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: center;"> I hope to post some actual drawing here soon but in the meantime, here's another &quot;fun&quot; thing I did on the computer:</div> <div style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: center;"> Step 1: take a section of rocky shoreline reflected in mirror-calm water:</div> <div style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; text-align: left; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"> <img height="689" original-height="689" original-width="692" src="http://static.wix.com/media/a83aa0_7e623a8ef46d4529ad0510c0d9119446.jpg" style="border: 0px currentColor; width: 692px; height: 689px; display: inline;" width="692" /> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Step 2: flip it horizontally, select an area to highlight:</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; text-align: left; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"> <img height="718" original-height="718" original-width="692" src="http://static.wix.com/media/a83aa0_424e206854d447528887ce72b9d84559.jpg" style="border: 0px currentColor; width: 692px; height: 718px; display: inline;" width="692" /> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Step 3: add more highlights and shading and blur:</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; text-align: left; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"> <img height="718" original-height="718" original-width="692" src="http://static.wix.com/media/a83aa0_fbf868cc5a8b4b3687a93cf1526a4d0d.jpg" style="border: 0px currentColor; width: 692px; height: 718px; display: inline;" width="692" /> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Like I said, just for fun. There are literally a million different things you could see in even the smallest section of shoreline.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Okay... back to the old drawing board.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> </div> <div style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</div> Sun, 30 Mar 2014 13:02:33 GMT 4d9c7678-3162-470a-8ae8-c30bdb395951 Fun On The Computer http://www.gerhardart.com/apps/blog/fun-on-the-computer <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> While I was colouring the &quot;One Day on Georgian Bay&quot; story (see previous post) I was getting used to the GNU&nbsp;image manipulation program (GIMP) that I downloaded for free (like I can afford Photoshop) and thought of some other things I'd like to try.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> This is from a photo I had taken a while ago and I was just trying a few techniques. I might have to get one of those drawing tablets and pens. Drawing with a mouse is like trying to draw with a bar of soap.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; text-align: left; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"> <img height="829" original-height="829" original-width="692" src="http://static.wix.com/media/a83aa0_e7704511446342779e3dec584fc13e79.jpg" style="border: 0px currentColor; width: 692px; height: 829px; display: inline;" width="692" /></div> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> This is from an image I found when I did a search on &quot;Gothic&quot; for a commission I was working on:</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; text-align: left; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"> <img height="1045" original-height="1045" original-width="692" src="http://static.wix.com/media/a83aa0_5fdf9c0b70f44a709cb115620b20841c.jpg" style="border: 0px currentColor; width: 692px; height: 1045px; display: inline;" width="692" /></div> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> Then I did one of Shel so she wouldn't get all mad because I was drawing skinny Goth Girls:</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; text-align: left; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"> <img height="868" original-height="868" original-width="692" src="http://static.wix.com/media/a83aa0_5d48c5bb700b416bad14c9f63b70e663.jpg" style="border: 0px currentColor; width: 692px; height: 868px; display: inline;" width="692" /></div> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> I like hers better anyway.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> Then I did this:</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; text-align: left; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"> <iframe allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" frameborder="0" height="345" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/HTRzwkKyOxI?wmode=opaque" width="420"></iframe></div> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> 242 individual drawings that go by in 9 seconds.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> Odd what some people consider &quot;fun&quot;.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> I better get back to work.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 20:57:07 GMT e7b053b6-61cf-4a21-8b04-ab6fa7105df7 One Tribe Anthology http://www.gerhardart.com/apps/blog/one-tribe-anthology <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> James Waley asked if I would contribute 4 to 6 pages for the The One Tribe benefit comic book anthology,&nbsp;a&nbsp;non-profit book to be published in 2014. The collection is being produced in support of improving First Nations’ reserve schools in Canada.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> I thought that I would try to illustrate a little incident that happened a couple of summers ago while anchored in a small cove on Killarney Bay combined with some thoughts that Shel had jotted down at the time.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> At the very least it would nice to draw summer scenes as relief from this long, cold, cold winter.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> This is my initial, small, very rough sketch of the first page:</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; text-align: center; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"> <img height="452" original-height="452" original-width="346" src="http://static.wix.com/media/a83aa0_2348ad1b237f4b7d9e35f6fa404d5b1a.jpg" style="border: 0px currentColor; width: 346px; height: 452px; display: inline;" width="346" /></div> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> Then I sketched it out full size...</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; text-align: left; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"> <img height="1009" original-height="1009" original-width="692" src="http://static.wix.com/media/a83aa0_c6cfccec5c884656872b1f5178a22813.jpg" style="border: 0px currentColor; width: 692px; height: 1009px; display: inline;" width="692" /></div> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> ...then I decided I needed some reference, especially for the writing hand in the first panel...</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; text-align: center; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"> <img height="262" original-height="262" original-width="350" src="http://static.wix.com/media/a83aa0_ac0e84f4caee401e97af58d4561afb77.jpg" style="border: 0px currentColor; width: 350px; height: 262px; display: inline;" width="350" /></div> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> ... the shoreline and dinghy...</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; text-align: left; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"> <img height="668" original-height="668" original-width="692" src="http://static.wix.com/media/a83aa0_68672b65d8a94561b48c428c1077839a.jpg" style="border: 0px currentColor; width: 692px; height: 668px; display: inline;" width="692" /></div> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;...and the little cove we were in...</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; text-align: center; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"> <img height="513" original-height="513" original-width="692" src="http://static.wix.com/media/a83aa0_d7e4d249e3374eaea32744f9ddb7316c.jpg" style="border: 0px currentColor; width: 692px; height: 513px; display: inline;" width="692" /></div> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> ...then I resized the reference pics and pasted them into the sketch with the lettering...</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; text-align: center; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"> <img height="1036" original-height="1036" original-width="692" src="http://static.wix.com/media/a83aa0_886600e731df48268f7baf21a08118b8.jpg" style="border: 0px currentColor; width: 692px; height: 1036px; display: inline;" width="692" /></div> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> ...then I inked the whole thing. I decided to do this &quot;size-as&quot;. The finished, printed version should be the same size it was drawn.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; text-align: left; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"> <img height="1028" original-height="1028" original-width="692" src="http://static.wix.com/media/a83aa0_97d70d990dc643fc997d59412128dca0.jpg" style="border: 0px currentColor; width: 692px; height: 1028px; display: inline;" width="692" /></div> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;Then I coloured it on the computer.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; text-align: left; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"> <img height="1057" original-height="1057" original-width="692" src="http://static.wix.com/media/a83aa0_ac9b894b458443e8b321851411758f73.jpg" style="border: 0px currentColor; width: 692px; height: 1057px; display: inline;" width="692" /></div> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> This is page one of a six page story that James said is, &quot;<font face="Tahoma">simple but so touching.</font><font face="Tahoma">&quot; </font></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <font face="Tahoma">Which is great, since that what we were going for.</font></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <font face="Tahoma">Please support this project by buying one or more of the books when they come out in late August, early September.</font></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <font face="Tahoma">You can check out and &quot;like&quot; the Facebook page here: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/OneTribeAnthology">https://www.facebook.com/OneTribeAnthology</a></font></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <font face="Tahoma">Also check out these: </font></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <font face="Tahoma"><a href="http://49thshelf.com/Blog/2013/12/19/Canadian-Comics-for-First-Nations-Schools-A-Lit-Wish-from-the-One-Tribe-Anthology">http://49thshelf.com/Blog/2013/12/19/Canadian-Comics-for-First-Nations-Schools-A-Lit-Wish-from-the-One-Tribe-Anthology</a></font></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <font face="Tahoma"><a href="http://www.firstnationsdrum.com/2013/08/one-tribe-comic-anthology-supports-shannens-dream-for-better-education-2/">http://www.firstnationsdrum.com/2013/08/one-tribe-comic-anthology-supports-shannens-dream-for-better-education-2/</a></font></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> I will post more info as it becomes available.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 14:30:52 GMT 86b34f15-bf59-459a-86d0-7ac0159ff5c8 Update: It's still winter!!! http://www.gerhardart.com/apps/blog/update-its-still-winter <p style="text-align: center;"> I've been busy doing a lot of uninteresting stuff and just trying to survive this weather.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; text-align: center; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"> <img height="548" original-height="548" original-width="692" src="http://static.wix.com/media/a83aa0_53dae4d24e2e466b894572abf1a63606.jpg" style="border: 0px currentColor; width: 692px; height: 548px; display: inline;" width="692" /></div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; text-align: left; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"> <img height="519" original-height="519" original-width="692" src="http://static.wix.com/media/a83aa0_ecee96f6cde1473c85253d5f70ce4e01.jpg" style="border: 0px currentColor; width: 692px; height: 519px; display: inline;" width="692" /></div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> I'll try to get some more art on here as soon as I can. Just gotta finish doing year-end first.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 13:58:00 GMT 4d87e47f-4bef-40c7-9c8b-4f6af354d1ba drawn to the light http://www.gerhardart.com/apps/blog/draw-the-light <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> I've been asked to contribute to &quot;How Great Thou Art&quot; a local event being held to raise funds for charity, one of which will be Pride Stables. When I considered what I'd like to contribute, my first thoughts turned to a whole slew of photos (about 170) that I had taken the previous summer at Grey Roots, a pioneer village museum in Grey county near where I keep my boat.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> When I mentioned to someone&nbsp;about our visit that the light was amazing, I could tell by their reaction that they had no idea what I was talking about. I decided that what I'd like to do is try to capture what I found so striking about the light that day.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> This attempt didn't go beyond the sketch stage. It just didn't have the quality I was looking for.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; text-align: left; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"> <img height="498" original-height="498" original-width="692" src="http://static.wix.com/media/a83aa0_9b097ac70fe44ee580d9ce6d4e42d124.jpg" style="border: 0px currentColor; width: 692px; height: 498px; display: inline;" width="692" /></div> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> This got me a little closer but is&nbsp;an odd composition in that it's kind of unbalanced but I was getting a handle on the lighting.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; text-align: left; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"> <img height="551" original-height="551" original-width="692" src="http://static.wix.com/media/a83aa0_61d75d62424548c88466d1cc159b2a53.jpg" style="border: 0px currentColor; width: 692px; height: 551px; display: inline;" width="692" /></div> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> This got me another step closer but was too stark for the effect I wanted.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; text-align: left; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"> <img height="504" original-height="504" original-width="692" src="http://static.wix.com/media/a83aa0_e151d2eace3d4534961273b1fa20d026.jpg" style="border: 0px currentColor; width: 692px; height: 504px; display: inline;" width="692" /></div> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> This one uses more of the grey wash I intended to use and is more about the light, shadows and reflections I was going for.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; text-align: center; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"> <img height="692" original-height="692" original-width="550" src="http://static.wix.com/media/a83aa0_cf6f80d68f5a4a36ab50fcad4a798481.jpg" style="border: 0px currentColor; width: 550px; height: 692px; display: inline;" width="550" /></div> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> Okay... this is getting close.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; text-align: left; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"> <img height="521" original-height="521" original-width="692" src="http://static.wix.com/media/a83aa0_577ac07f1c954948b40fec5887971644.jpg" style="border: 0px currentColor; width: 692px; height: 521px; display: inline;" width="692" /></div> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> Then I tried actually concentrating on the light itself and let everything else fade away.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; text-align: left; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"> <img height="538" original-height="538" original-width="692" src="http://static.wix.com/media/a83aa0_373a1031816948c2872853acb107ca78.jpg" style="border: 0px currentColor; width: 692px; height: 538px; display: inline;" width="692" /></div> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> In this one I literally &quot;drew the light&quot;.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; text-align: left; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"> <img height="526" original-height="526" original-width="692" src="http://static.wix.com/media/a83aa0_d91c1cb2312c4970980ae73e0f7cf92f.jpg" style="border: 0px currentColor; width: 692px; height: 526px; display: inline;" width="692" /></div> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> And finally, let's try one with a person in it.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; text-align: left; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"> <img height="532" original-height="532" original-width="692" src="http://static.wix.com/media/a83aa0_864ebf46a8b24e0fb9ecca833ee2e09b.jpg" style="border: 0px currentColor; width: 692px; height: 532px; display: inline;" width="692" /></div> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> I&nbsp;did an interview a long time ago. The guy told me that he really liked the way I rendered light and shadow. I blurted out something like, &quot;Well, that's what it's all about; without shadow, you'd see&nbsp;only light and without light, you'd see nothing at all.&quot;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> Seems pretty straight forward... 'til you try to get it on the page.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 20:19:43 GMT 479ed809-06e3-44ad-9fb8-2dad02bd5bb6 Adam's House... http://www.gerhardart.com/apps/blog/adams-house <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> I did a nice little commission for Adam of his house. It's going to be a gift for his wife, so don't tell anyone.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; text-align: left; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"> <img height="390" original-height="390" original-width="692" src="http://static.wix.com/media/a83aa0_2d32134672624d4cb3419e422ed1c89e.jpg" style="border: 0px currentColor; width: 692px; height: 390px; display: inline;" width="692" /></div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> The image measures about 12 inches wide. Done with a Staedtler Pigment Liner pen and light grey wash.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; text-align: left; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"> <img height="650" original-height="650" original-width="692" src="http://static.wix.com/media/a83aa0_dc17c66f1e2f4791b059ac16056c7489.jpg" style="border: 0px currentColor; width: 692px; height: 650px; display: inline;" width="692" /></div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; text-align: left; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"> <img height="650" original-height="650" original-width="692" src="http://static.wix.com/media/a83aa0_daa9ebbf320540429320681c41a6e0db.jpg" style="border: 0px currentColor; width: 692px; height: 650px; display: inline;" width="692" /></div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> I enjoy doing these &quot;house portraits&quot; and I think it turned out well. I hope it makes a good gift.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> * * *</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> Meanwhile... the weather here continues be snowy, windy and bitterly cold...</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> I just can't tell how cold.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; text-align: left; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"> <img height="511" original-height="511" original-width="692" src="http://static.wix.com/media/a83aa0_3335d9e16e514cb1a443f310a68152f1.jpg" style="border: 0px currentColor; width: 692px; height: 511px; display: inline;" width="692" /></div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;Come on spring!!!</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 14:09:55 GMT 343a1816-18b0-43e0-ae31-788737068279 A Look at Matt's Bat'n'Cat http://www.gerhardart.com/apps/blog/a-look-at-matts-batncat <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> I received this Simon Bisley art from Matthew...</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; text-align: left; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"> <img height="1056" original-height="1056" original-width="692" src="http://static.wix.com/media/a83aa0_e91d4230b71642728d812ba8799d58fc.jpg" style="border: 0px currentColor; width: 692px; height: 1056px; display: inline;" width="692" /></div> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> ...and was tasked with adding a background.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> Instead of Gotham, I went Gothic...</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; text-align: left; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"> <img height="1026" original-height="1026" original-width="692" src="http://static.wix.com/media/a83aa0_dbb5110f148a4b5b94d5b72b28f0725d.jpg" style="border: 0px currentColor; width: 692px; height: 1026px; display: inline;" width="692" /></div> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> ...with bats!</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; text-align: left; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"> <img height="692" original-height="692" original-width="692" src="http://static.wix.com/media/a83aa0_5521e14cb116430187585d644d8a7d8a.jpg" style="border: 0px currentColor; width: 692px; height: 692px; display: inline;" width="692" /></div> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> ...and that's that.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> Sat, 01 Feb 2014 14:31:27 GMT 7561cf83-7a94-459c-bc8f-2f05230a1050