Thursday, July 18, 2013

"Vintage Allure ~ WIP"

Someone recently asked me, "How long does it take to complete a piece like this?"
My answer  "As long as it takes... "

Which for me is true, I don't count the hours. Each piece is done when it says it's done. I use Uart, which holds a ton of layers and I don't quit until those layers fill the tooth and my finishes are smooth.  But just for the fun of it, I thought I would share the dates my camera captured for me, as I shot my WIP imags.  I didn't work on this every day, as life has been crazy for me ..  

Vintage Allure finished... or mostly finished ;)
Vintage Allure, 17.5"x 24.5"
Colored Pencil on Uart 600

This piece is the second of my "Vintage" pieces. The first was "Vintage Beauty", which you can see here:
the same model, the same fur... with the exception of a couple of things. First is the size, this one is a weee bit larger than it's predecessor, and I gave myself lots of artistic license with this one.

Vintage Allure had a rocky beginning, I restarted it 3 times. The first time was on 800 grit Uart.. ewwww. So I set that aside and grabbed a sheet of 600, only to find out when my under painting was finished and I was starting to add my second layer that I had a bad sheet of Uart! 
December 1, 2012 I restarted Vintage Allure for the final time. 
My work, while planned out, has a tendency to morph, artistically. 
You may notice a few changes along the way. 

I decided I didn't like the background I had in mind, 
I got rid of it. Mostly. 
I left the ghost of the original background there, yes, yes I did. I added some different designs, with a painterly texture being the look I wanted.

Then, after  a couple weeks, .. I thought she needed something, more. 

Sorry.. color is off on this one! 
Building up final skin tones...
Calling this one 99% done.. she has to sit for a few days before I decide if that 1% is good to go..


Here she is, she's taken 8 months to come to life, but that's ok, I think she's worth it. 

Tuesday, July 9, 2013


Hope all of you had a wonderful July 4th celebrating with family and friends!  We spent the holiday out of town, in the cooler weather of  Heber/Overgaard. I was glad when the storm cleared off so the fireworks weren't cancelled!!   The fireworks were awesome.. enjoy!!!