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Saturday, July 8, 2017

New Digital Paintings - Pelosi Caricature & Photo Study


Recently, I've been having a good time switching back and forth from "real-world" pastels to digital painting.

I'm nearly finished with a second pastel portrait I've been working on — and will be sharing that along with another recent pastel portrait soon.

But today's post is all about two digital paintings I just completed!

"Who Can Turn The World On With Her Smile" - Copyright 2017 - Jephyr! - All Rights Reserved
"Who Can Turn The World On With Her Smile" - Copyright 2017 - Jephyr! - All Rights Reserved

^ ^ ^ I had a LOT of fun with my caricature of Nancy Pelosi.

Her ever-present, crazy, WIDE stare became my focus — but it was also very enjoyable to caricature her Micheal Jackson-like nose job — bony, granny face — and aging neck.

What is it like to stare out at the world through those eyes?? 

Still I often found myself laughing as I painted this — and definitely want to do a LOT more political caricatures.

Did I mention it's FUN!

: )

PS: The title came from me entertaining myself while I painted her.  I'd sing the Mary Tyler Moore theme — and the incongruousness of that line — with Nancy's exaggerated features always made me laugh out loud.

" Contemplatin' " - Copyright 2017 - Jephyr! - All Rights Reserved
" Contemplatin' " - Copyright 2017 - Jephyr! - All Rights Reserved

^ ^ ^ The black and white digital painting of the dood above, is a study I did from a prohibition era photo.

The gentleman in the pic must have been some kind of official — and was over-seeing two scrappy men struggling to pour a LARGE and obviously very heavy barrel of alcohol into the street.

I just loved his rumpled, well-worn suit and the way he was standing  — made me wonder what he was thinking:

Was he just doing his job? Did he agree with prohibition? Or — was he standing there thinking, "What a waste...all that BEAUTIFUL alcohol!"

: ) 

Anywho, the photo was colorized but I chose to just go with a black and white interpretation and had a good time painting him.


BTW — I use an AWESOME Wacom Intuos Tablet Interface and Stylus — along with computer painting software — and hand-painted the images you see above — in a process very similar to using a real world medium like oil paint, pastel or charcoal.


Well — that'll do it for today.

Thanks as always for stoppin' by!

See you again soon!

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