Saturday, October 1, 2016

Imaginative Realism in Traditional Chinese

I'm very excited to receive sample copies of the new Traditional Chinese edition of Imaginative Realism.

It's published by Booklife, who also published Color and Light. Please let me know if you see copies in bookshops in Taiwan and Hong Kong.
Previously: Color and Light in Taiwan

Friday, September 30, 2016

Dinotopia's Oil Wash Technique

A lot of people are surprised to hear that the illustrations in Dinotopia were painted in oil rather than watercolor. This one of Tok Timbu is typical. I sealed my pencil drawing on illustration board with workable fixatif and after that a thin layer of acrylic matte medium. When that was dry, I used bristle and synthetic brushes to apply the paint, mostly transparently. When I needed to thin the paint, I could use either mineral spirits or alkyd painting medium. At any time I could scratch through to recover the drawing or just to get light lines, like the hairs on the beard.
You can get a signed copy of the 20th anniversary edition of Dinotopia: A Land Apart from Time from me at my website.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Caricature Game

Jeanette and I played the Caricature Game during the banquet of the SKB Workshop. The goal is to sketch someone far away in the room and see if the other person can recognize them instantly.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Gouache Painting in the Colorado Wilderness

Here's a slice of the mountain forest in northern Colorado. It's a scene of organized chaos, which I deciphered in gouache.

Below is a 5-minute YouTube video that takes you through all the steps.

If you're receiving this blog post by email, you may not have a playable embedded video, so you may need to follow this link to YouTube to see the video.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Smooth the Husky

We've been hanging out with my son Frank in Colorado, along with his dog Smooth. Smooth is a husky mix rescue who loves going on hikes. 

Here are some sketches of him in watercolor. I love his black and tan coloration.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Gouache in the Rockies

Yesterday Jeanette and I, our son Frank, and his dog Smooth hiked up to Jewel Lake in the Medicine Bow Mountains of northern Colorado. 

I brought the painting gear but forgot to put on sunblock, so I was pretty roasted by the end of the day. 

The air was above freezing, so I was able to do a gouache painting of the view from up there.


I made a 1-minute video and uploaded it (above) directly to Blogger. It should be embedded above as a playable video. Does it work on your computer or do you just get an empty space? 

Above is the embedded version from Facebook. You can also watch the video by clicking over to my Instagram or Facebook page.