Sunday, January 27, 2013

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Drawn from gouache, water soluble pencils, etc. during a football game in a bar (Badgers lost).  I used a reference picture from the Audubon magazine.  It was made on watercolor postcard paper and sent out to a friend.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Sandhill Cranes

Near Willcox, AZ, thousands of Sandhill Cranes roost and feed in January.  I got to see them fly en masse to roost.  So many birds.  BIG birds.  Awesome.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Bull Skull

BullSkull by melbergink
BullSkull, a photo by melbergink on Flickr.

Water polo was extra intense the other day. I don't have a full on black eye, but the ridge of my left eye socket has interesting purple hues. Fortunately, it's right where I apply eye shadow! Hurrah! I'm also finding some goose eggs on my skull today. Geesh. I purposefully played against our toughest team members to build up some skills, but I'm feeling the consequences today. Still worth it!

So, here is a skull, since it is topical. The horns were originally white with some black texture lines. I needed some value contrast, so I went to town with a thick Sharpie in the horns. I did it sloppily with the plan of filling in the white with fine tipped pen, but then liked the sloppy effect for texture. Happy unintended technique!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

New Stamp!

Huzzah! Finally someone to join Antisana. This time the inspiration source was Copán in Honduras. Adam was in Honduras for years for research and the Peace Corps. He was out there starting in 2000 (hence the stamp price). This is 18-Rabbit (or Uaxaclajuun Ub'aah K'awiil). He was one of the Mayan leaders in that region. I remember seeing him in the ruins - he was a big patron of the arts in a way. I took the basic image from Altar Q, which was this really neat altar that had the great Mayan leaders lined up next to each other. I had a really fun time researching and designing the color scheme for this one. My paint palette is very fun and messy after this one! It has more of a stampy vibe, though much smaller, and will add realism to my postage wall.