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Just For You

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This was a personal project that kept growing, and growing, and growing in size. Just like the big blue guy on the left here! I can’t even count how many hours was spent making this, but I can say it was worth it. This is one of the projects that made me lose a bit of momentum, but every time that happens, it’s always best to push through. Never be afraid of change, or going in a different direction than intended. You never know what may happen!

 

This image was made with Paint Tool Sai, and later finished with Clip Studio Paint. Midway into creation, I bought a new laptop and a new program and that opened my eyes. The color specs of my old laptop were pretty dull compared to my new one, and the sheer screen size of it doesn’t compare to my new computer. But they both did an amazing job with sticking with me. Here’s a couple of close up shots.

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I was -not- inspired by beautiful Disney princess gowns at all! Nope! Not one bit!

 

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My biggest challenges with this piece was making the interior cohesive, learning a new program, and learning to operate a new computer (and Operating System) It was also interesting to limit my color palette and experiment with that as well.

With each piece I create, I learn a little bit more.
Please don’t forget to like, comment and share if this tickles your fancy!

Until next time!

~PK

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Dragon Scale Sorcery

This is the second installation of my vixen series! I wanted to play with perspective a bit and have a dynamic looking image. So I came up with this! Once my sketch on my Pastelbord was finished, I erased as much as I could and inked with my Micron pens. Since some parts of our foxy lady was closer and other parts were farther away, I dramatic line weight difference was key.

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Pro tip! Inking on Pastelbord is much easier with a fresh pen. Linework application will be much smoother.

After the ink was completely dry, I applied my first wash of red. Working wet into wet, I layered on color after color, eventually darkening it to my liking. You can still see the graphite marks are still peeking through. Be very careful with sketching too dark on Pastelbord. I’ve said it once, and I’ll be happy to say it again: this surface clings onto pastel, charcoal, colored pencil and graphite extremely well. So lifting marks (even with a kneaded eraser) can prove difficult.

All in all though, I’m very loose with color bleeding to other areas. Because of the surface’s thickness, lifting watercolor is fantastic. You can lift almost back to white!

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After mixing brown and ivory black paint, I kept chipping away at the background. As I figured out my color scheme ahead of time, I thought now would be a great chance to mess with different breeds of foxes, so I decided to make her a Grey fox.  Once finished, I started layering washes on the star of the show! I wanted a warmer palette as a contrast to her cooler counterpart, so I layered in reds for her hair and incorporated some background color that bled in.

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Pro tip #2! When layering an under-painting, those colors will show through on the final piece. Under-paintings can add depth to the overall image and can harmonize your colors when done right.

After getting the basic colors in, I layered more and more to build up the shadows. Once everything was set, it was time to break out my Prismacolors! I’ve never worried about conserving whites while working with these. That sandy surface really does wonders with colored pencils. My white always does the trick.

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Pro tip #3! When working on cold press or textured surfaces, make sure you have sharp tips on those pencils for stark, crisp marks.

 

After going back and forth, adding details from the red and green secondary light, to markings, to fire, to the shines of her eyes, our vixen is complete!

 

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Until next time!

~PK

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As the amount of work that needs to be done has trickled down, I’ve took it upon myself to make my own project. A series of painting depicting vixens. This was my way to express whatever ideas came to mind at any point in time, and with no need to spend days or weeks at a time finalizing an image, I stuck with a smaller sizes for the body of work.

So let’s get started!

I sketched right on my Pastelbord with graphite, working, reworking, and re-reworking my ideas. There is a definite con to that, however. Pastelbord has a very sandy textured surface, so it grabs a strong hold of charcoal, graphite, and pastel. With that being said, graphite is difficult to erase completely. Once that was figured out, I had to make adjustments on my material choice.

After everything was as solid as it can be, I inked over it with Micron inks, playing around with line weight for variation. I decided to use ink instead of painting directly over it, because the watercolor would show the pencil marks no matter how much I erased. My original intent was to use only colored pencil, but I opted for watercolor instead.

I cracked open my Reeves watercolor set, and got to painting.

My first application was a light wash of Phthalo Blue mixed with white. I then began to apply more and more layers to my shadows, beefing up our scaly guy and making him more three-dimensional.

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After those layers were semi-dry, I began laying pure pigments of Phthalo diluted with water, building up those layers. Layering some more color in, I added some violet to my darkest shadows and began painting in the scales. The big guy was eventually finished, and I tackled his fluffy companion.

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Using the same methods as before, I worked on the vixen, layering yellows, oranges, and browns for her fur and dress. Once everything was dried, I went over with colored pencil to sharpen some details, enhance textures and add additional coloring to the overall image.

And voila, we are done!

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Watercolor, ink, and colored pencil on 5x7in Pastelbord

This was such a pleasure to work on. I can’t wait to submit more!

 

~PK

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Local Art Opportunities

If you’re like me and you might not know where to go next with your art, why not reach out locally? Explore your city, scope the stores, check out the art scene. You might find out there’s more than you thought. And who knows, all that aimless wandering can lead you to an artistic adventure right in your backyard!

Yesterday was a prime example of just that. I attended two events on a last minute whim. One is called Art on the Porches which is an annual event where local small businesses, vendors, painters, and artisans sell their work and wares to the community. Everyone’s works of art displayed on beautiful residential porches.

Three days prior I saw a flyer calling for art. This lead me to a great opportunity to partner with the Public Arts Task Force and submit two paintings to their silent auction fundraiser. Now, I’ve been working digitally for a while but I have the softest spot for traditional media. Not only haven’t I worked with Masonite before, but I also picked back up acrylic as well! Talk about an evening of experimentation!

After finishing this one, I started having an internal war with myself. I fell hard and I didn’t want to let this kitten go! *UPDATE* She’s found her forever-home!

 

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“Tea and Company” Acrylic on hardboard 8×8

 

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Come on now, how could you say no to that little face?

The internal struggle continued every time I looked at that piece. I ended up creating a second one just in case. After much coaxing and prodding from my family, I caved and sent them both in. Not bad for three days worth of work. Though I’m sad to see two wonderful pieces go, I’m so happy that I was able to contribute something to a great cause. I hope they go out to great homes.

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“Spring Aromas” Acrylic on Masonite 8×8

 

After that event wrapped up, Plazapalooza was next on my to-do list and I met some more amazing people there. Everyone at both locations were so kind, exciting to talk to and had valuable information to share. I love that about art communities. There were people that were just starting out to those who have been in the market for decades. Everyone was willing to answer my questions and chat with me. It was an honor and a pleasure to fill my day surrounded by so much talent.

I’m telling you, if you want to try something new, go outside! Explore! I would have never found out about these local art opportunities if I didn’t wander around and end up at my art store. This was such a rewarding day and I could have never asked for anything better. I’ll start doing that now. If I feel artistically aimless, I’m going to explore my surroundings and see what’s happening around the community.

I wrote another post with 4 more tips on what to do when you’re stuck in an art rut. Check it out!

Have you taken advantage of your local community to do something new? Share in the comments below!

Thanks for reading!

~PK

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Serenity

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During a period of time I was experiencing an art funk. I had created so much that I became burnt out and needed a break. Once that break ended, I had a surge of creativity and I needed to get something out. This was it. Featured here is my fursona Meow, sitting atop a fallen trunk deep in a flora-lush forest. The inspiration here was due to the countless of worlds and video game environments that I’ve explored. I wanted to try my hand at a forest-like world, yet something that isn’t depicted every day. Color scheme was another thing experimented with. I love trying and testing colors to make it fit into the world I’m creating.

 

Sometimes, being a commission artist means that you won’t have as much free time to work on your own characters as you’d like. Especially if there’s an ever revolving queue of clients. There may be times when you do have that spare moment to work on something for yourself and when that opportunity strikes, seize it.

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Serenity

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During a period of time I was experiencing an art funk. I had created so much that I became burnt out and needed a break. Once that break ended, I had a surge of creativity and I needed to get something out. This was it. Featured here is my fursona Meow, sitting atop a fallen trunk deep in a flora-lush forest. The inspiration here was due to the countless of worlds and video game environments that I’ve explored. I wanted to try my hand at a forest-like world, yet something that isn’t depicted every day. Color scheme was another thing experimented with. I love trying and testing colors to make it fit into the world I’m creating.

 

Sometimes, being a commission artist means that you won’t have as much free time to work on your own characters as you’d like. Especially if there’s an ever revolving queue of clients. There may be times when you do have that spare moment to work on something for yourself and when that opportunity strikes, seize it.

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Musical Disposition

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I had a wonderful opportunity to provide artwork for a convention near my area called Tora-Con, an anime, video-game and Japanese pop and culture convention held in Rochester, New York. Last year they released their four mascots, one of them being Sugi, a white tiger character. It was extremely fun trying my hand at illustrating him and it won me free admission for the con this year! (Which may I say, I had a blast!)

I have to say, when I look at conventions and anything really I’m interested in the visuals. That’s stimulates me to look more into what a company, group, or event has to offer. I definitely want to spread my work to other conventions and groups looking to use my work to promote themselves. It seems like an awesome way to give cons some eye-candy.

By the way, you should definitely check out Tora-Con and what they have planned for 2017!

Thanks for reading!

~PK

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Thank You for the Sun

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A digital portrait piece showcasing one of my few characters, Jaysu. It was nice to be able to mess around with color and painting feathers. I’m still working on a way to develop my painting style. I hope my next project allows me to challenge my artistic talents some more!

This piece was inspired by the walks to and from work. With the changing season from Spring to Summer, the weather has been so clear and beautiful and I wanted to showcase just that.

Until next time!

~PK