9×12 Strathmore Charcoal Paper with laid finish. Prismacolor artist pencils and oil pastels.
Images as follows: my original photographs used for references, googled images used as references, and finally progression of drawing.
Like the commissions I worked on this in just my spare time. I’m going to sit with it for a couple days, then, if satisfied, scan for reproduction and frame.
May you enjoy creative moments. May you find peace in your days. May life be colorfully wonderful always. May your creativity inspire active endeavors. Above all may you know that the divine loves and supports you in all that you do.
** I decided after an afternoon staring at it, that I needed to revisit the background sky. I decided I didn’t like the gradient I did and thought it should echo the sky inside the shell to reinforce the title. So I’m almost done with the revision. I will update when complete.
I did have to add just a little oil pastel to finish the sky correction.
I’ve been doing my best to cram in finishing the mule. Partly because it’s well over due, and partly because I wanted one less thing on my plate in the “have to do” category for my birthday celebration(s). I love art, but I need less responsibility for a while, and this was one I could finish in ease.
I was aiming to improve on the original photo by referencing well known artworks from American and British history, especially since the mule was striking a common pose in horse portraits of the past. I moved the barn, which in the original image was so obscured you couldn’t make out details. I added the windmill in reference to paintings of Grant Wood era, and then did the vignetting found in old illustrations.
My work is Prismacolor artist pencils and graphite on 11×14 hotpress watercolor paper. I finished it early on Valentine’s day, and all I have left is to scan and frame it for delivery.
So original image, followed by progress pics, and then finished image last.
May you have good art days. May you finish what you started. May you enjoy your accomplishments. May you be at ease in your flow. May you find ways to reduce responsibility and increase enjoyment. May you make progress always and have fun things to look forward to. May you always understand your knowledge of history to make improvements moving forward, even if it’s just for yourself. May you know that the divine loves and supports you just as you are.
One of my massage clients has commissioned two art pieces from me. It was much needed significant financial support, and the resulting projects will help with my mental state to some degree as well. I am very appreciative and grateful to be getting paid for my fine art for the first time in my life, and paid well at that.
She has only supplied one of the original photographs so far, so that is the one I have started with.
It is a buffalo for her friend as a gift. The friend had taken the photograph during a close-up encounter on vacation. She requested my rendition of the animal.
I asked if there was any preferences and all she stipulated was size, much smaller than the check she supplied, so I chose a slightly larger paper. I decided to work in color favoring artist colored pencils with plans to add oil pastel for overlay portions.
This is the original and my work so far, only having about 3 hours in at this point. It is helping me to pull up emotionally, but I have more massage clients to get to today. More will have to wait for another day.
May you have good creative moments and much needed mental relief. May you have ample time for self-care. Above all may you know that the divine loves and supports you in all that you do.
I put the finishing touches on the image this morning and framed and hung it. This is progression; start to finish of the project. It took about 3 months working an hour or two at a time. I think twice I had more than 2 hours to invest at once.
You might have noticed a couple of the later stages had plastic over part of the image. I use plain plastic cling-wrap as a protective barrier to prevent smudging my previous work. It works well because the plastic wrap doesn’t pick-up any of the charcoal, so even if it shifts around, my work is still protected.
Final image framed:
And I hung it on a space of empty clinic wall for now. The recipient is welcome to move it wherever she wants.
May you have good creative moments. May you enjoy your work mostly and find great pleasure in gifting your gifts. May you see your talents as useful and appreciated. May you know you have done a job-well-done. May you see your projects come to wonderful fruition. May you know that the divine loves and supports you in all that you do.