Friday, February 21, 2014


One of my goals since April of last year is to stretch myself as an artist. Drawing comics and commercial art is all well an good, but going outside those boundaries is important as well. Not only does it flex different muscles, but also it also effects the artwork already being done.

I've never been much of a painter. I took one oil painting class at American Academy Of Art, which was kind of a flop. My Dad painted all the time- especially with Acrylic. My only use of Acrylic paints was to paint different color outfits on my Star Wars figures as a kid. I decided to give it a try.

One of the nice things about being an artist living in Chicago is all the different resources. The Palette and Chisel Academy Of Fine Arts has a number of open studios. Some are used for quick sketching ( a model poses for one minute to Thirty minutes in a three hour period). Others are used for long poses. I attended one of the long pose sessions with cheap black and white acrylic paints and did a value study of one of the models. Here are the results:

I spent the first half hour doing a pencil drawing. Foolishly, I forgot to take a picture of it.

This was after the first half hour of painting

How the artwork looked after painting for an hour and a half

This was the paining after about 2 and a half hours

I'm having lots of fun with this and am interested to see what my work looks like in the weeks ahead.

If you would like to see the finished artwork, take a look on my Facebook Illustration Page. The album it's in, labeled "2014" can be found HERE