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|
^ ^ ^ 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|
^ ^ ^ 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!