Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Christ, the Light Giver - step 2

Earlier this month, I posted on a commission I began for Light of Christ Anglican Church (here). The piece is an icon of Christ, the Light Giver.

As noted in my last post, I began by treating the board with acrylic gesso. I then followed this with the underdrawing. Finally, I sealed the drawing with fixative spray. 

In this second step, I applied a yellow ochre acrylic wash. The fixative spray prevents the paint from affecting the drawing; hence, the wash functions much like oil glazes in which the lower layer is meant to show through. 

I followed this initial wash with some white highlight work, specifically in the face area. This also provided an opportunity to make subtle changes to Christ's features where the drawing was off, as well as less subtle adjustments to his right (our left) shoulder. I then followed this with another acrylic wash. 

My intention with this particular piece is to work entirely by means of washes and glazes. Thus, I will next begin single-color oil glazes, followed again by highlights and shadows, and repeat. Unlike my St. Ancmon icon, then, which utilized more opaque applications of oil paint, I intend to build this piece entirely with transparent layers. We'll see if it works. Do follow along and see.    

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Christ, the Light Giver

Yesterday I started in on my latest commission, an icon for Light of Christ Anglican Church in Kenosha, WI. The icon is of Christ, the Light Giver - suitable, given the name of the church. 

I began by treating the board yesterday morning, and by yesterday evening, I started in on the underdrawing. I finished it well after midnight. The results are to the right. 

My goal is to finish this out before the close of the month. Be watching for the next steps. 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

New Art Website

In an effort to better promote my artwork, I've put together a new art website: 

It features not only my fine art, but also my illustrations, storyboards, and character design. Commission details and contact information can be found on the site as well. Please give it a look, and feel free to share it. Enjoy!

Friday, December 5, 2014

St. Basil the Great - Woodcut(ish)

In my previous post, I recalled my studies of Durer's woodcuts and my subsequent effort to employ this style in an icon of St. George

I was pleased with the results, so I decided to produce a second icon in the style of Durer. This time I produced an icon of my patron Saint, Basil of Caesarea (right). As you can see, everything about the drawing is in classical iconic style, with the exception of the woodcut style. 

I'm rather pleased with the results, so I expect to produce several more icons along these lines in the coming months. Be watching for more. 

Thursday, December 4, 2014

St. George - Durer Style

It has been quite some time since I last posted to this blog. Life has been crazy of late with a change of university, moving, and numerous other life events. But I have been working. So, if anyone is still reading, I thought I would post some of my recent work. Be watching for more posts in the coming days.

In an older post, I mentioned spending some time with Durer, reproducing some of his woodcuts (read here). As I said then, it was a master lesson in drawing. I have since tried to employ what I learned by mimicking Durer's style in a piece of my own. I chose as my subject matter St. George. I produced the piece in honor of Veterans Day. Enjoy!

Triptych, Step 3

This is the third installment on the triptych I’m producing for Light of Christ Anglican Church. You can find the first two installments on this blog or by clicking on the hyperlinks below.
To the left, you can see photos of the various stages of my most recent progress. You can also scroll down to find a video that documents the changes step-by-step.

Installment two ended halfway through the underdrawing of the center panel. As you can see, I have since finished out the underdrawing. In specific, I added the wall of Jerusalem; shaded the figures; included cherubim above the cross; added the initials of each figure; wrote the text for "Jesus of Nazareth King of the Jews" on the headboard; and added the Greek for crucifixion above the cross.

After finishing out the underdrawing, I moved into the underpainting. This underpainting consists of a series of acrylic washings. The first wash was a simple yellow ochre over the entire piece. I followed this with a series of washes, using various combinations of yellow ochre and burnt umber, that added value to the surrounding objects.

The final stage was the initial application of gold leaf to the halos of the Theotokos, Jesus, and John. In this first application, I used acrylic gold paint. In the final stages, I will cover this with gold leaf. 

In my next installment, I will move into oil paint. So, be watching for more.

(NOTE: This post was originally published back in 2013, but was accidentally deleted. Thankfully I managed to recover its content, but the original date and comments have been lost.)

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Dürer Study

I've been asked to produce an engraving for an upcoming academic volume. In preparation for the work, I've been doing two things (in addition to purchasing the necessary tools, of course). First, I've been practicing drawing (or more accurately, carving) on a copper plate - something I haven't done since college. Second, I have been studying the prints of Albrecht Dürer. 

I spent yesterday reproducing one of his woodcuts line-for-line in ink. The experiment was a master lesson in drawing, to say the least. The results (with which I'm quite pleased) can be seen to the left (click to enlarge).

The study was of enough benefit to me that I plan to work on several more Dürer reproductions in the future, learning as much from him as I can. My hope is to work toward reproducing some of his prints in the proper format, vis-a-vis, engravings or woodcuts. JBU, to my delight, has an art professor (Bob Martin) who has expertise in printmaking. He has agreed to help coach me through the monograph etching. I expect he'll be a wealth of information as I study Durer as well.