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friday the thirteenth

Friday the Thirteenth

What a weird day.
My ipod broke.
Work was stranger than usual.
A black cat crossed my path on the way home from school
(i think there was white on it’s paws so it shouldn’t count…right?)
and when I got home, the heater for my room was fried.

I’m not really superstitious, but…

hope everybody had good luck!!!

peace
ken

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photo of the artist

I was trying to describe a painting’s size to a potential customer over email, and included a photograph. To illustrate the work’s size in proximity to a human.

I usually like to be on the other side of the camera, but since it’s not my worst photo, I thought I’d share with you all.

Sorry, guys, the painting sold. I do have prints if anyone needs one.

peace
ken

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boy with rooster updated

I am really starting to have fun with this new medium.

So if you decide halfway through your painting that you’d like to try a different color scheme…instead of starting the painting from scratch, you can do a little photoshop wizardry and go from there.

I’m not decided if I like the boy better in blue or not. I think he is really asleep, dreaming that he has a rooster for a friend. I don’t know if the rooster is one legged or two yet either….

I’ll keep you updated!

peace
ken

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boy with rooster


Something I’ve been working on for a while now. A portrait with a farm animal.

This work was started from a rough pencil sketch. The rest was done in Photoshop. My goal is to make work with the latest technology, while maintaining the look, feel, style I have developed with traditional media.

I think the hands need some work.

Also, there is a halo between the body and background. This is a result of working the two parts of the painting separately. This painting is going to receive more colors. First, I will make it my screen saver and study it for a while.

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new media??


I have been experimenting with a new way to draw/paint. The artwork is created through a touch sensitive screen on a computer with photoshop.

The three crocks in a corner window are a current work in process. The sketch was created on location. There are no photo references.

I started drawing using 3 tones:

  • dark brown (shadows)
  • sepia (midtones)
  • light yellow (highlights)

Then I drew the aqua color with a semi-opaque brush, allowing the light/dark contrast of the underpainting come through.

I have been using the rub tool to smear the brush strokes.

It’s a challenge whenever an artist starts a new medium, and this one is no different. I am somewhat familiar with photoshop as a photo editing program. However, I am interested in using it in a similar way to how an artist would use traditional media.

Right now, I want to learn to:

  • create custom brushes that respond to a surface texture
  • create brushes that respond to the color they are applied to (similar to Painter’s smeary brushes)
  • apply textures that look natural

This is new material, so comments/suggestions are greatly apprecaited