Posts Tagged ‘spiral’
Thursday, August 2nd, 2018
This particular city skyline has a very specific sort of aesthetic, grim yet filled with delight. From the curlicue clouds to the building that’s a cat, there’s whimsy to go along with the gloom.
The painting is a true panorama, covering a swathe of buildings huddled close against the rain, their outlines loose and details smudged with rainfall.
Where would this whimsical oddity fit into your life?
Above, you can see a close-up of some of the buildings in all their grimly delightful glory. Below, this panoramic piece spans the whole writing desk, even without a frame to contain it.
Monday, October 7th, 2013
Red Sharpie scales cover the entire page, showing through and informing the shapes of everything above them.
Dragons are often identified by their colors. Red and blue make purple, make violet. This dragon has fire in his eyes and ice along his belly.
Is his breath hot or cold? Is that smoke or mist curling from his mouth? Do those spikes cauterize as they pierce, melt the strongest armor or chill it to shattering, or neither, merely sharp, merely tipped in shining red?
Seemingly endless spiral scales are there to protect him, but as Neil Gaiman says, “dragons have one soft spot, somewhere, always.”
Spiral Dragon, 8″x8″ Sharpie marker, watercolor and iridescent watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper.
Above, you can see the sunlight reflecting off the iridescent sapphire of the dragon’s underbelly, and the way the red Sharpie spirals show through everything. Below, you can see the piece in a frame, just waiting for the perfect wall.
Categories: Angels, Cthulhu, and Other Myths, Floating Gallery, Things I'm a Fan Of, Whimsical and Strange
Tags: blue, dragon, iridescent, nfs, purple, red, sharpie marker, sold, spiral, spirals, watercolor
Friday, May 31st, 2013
I did all of the inking for this in one very long afternoon, resulting in many aches & pains and a warm feeling of accomplishment. I left it for a few days, considering whether to watercolor in the moon and a bit of color on the figure, but in the end I decided I liked it best just as it is. I even did a little watercolor study on a bookmarklet to see how the paper took the paint.
I really like the contrasting textures in this, from the orderly crosshatching on the ground to the scribbled tree bark, the dense pattern of spirals in the sky and the pen shading on the figure suggesting rough cloth. And the dramatic air of mystery about it, who is the figure and is it even a person, hanging there backlit by the huge harvest moon.
Harvest, 6″x4″ Micron pen on archival inkjet paper.
Above, you can see some of the different textures, along with a USB cable for size reference. I used my set of Micron pens to get a range of line widths, but even the thickest lines are quite fine. Below, you can see it in a small frame with my iPhone and the little color study, though I think if I was to frame it for permanent display I’d put it on a mat with photo corners so the edges of the image aren’t obscured by the frame.
Friday, September 7th, 2012
Swirls of brass run through the range from the brown of oxidization to the bright gold of fresh polish on this half of a pair of gates, the other open and swung out of sight, inviting us through to the sliver of midnight forest we can see behind it. Astute eyes will pick out the shapes of starlit evergreens in the darker black, along with the little secret hanging out amidst the curls of brass. This one is, to me, as much of a fairytale as Monday’s art, an invitation into the lands of imagination that’s always open.
Brass Gates to Midnight, 5″x5″ Japanese watercolor on Arches cover black paper.
Above, the gold paint shines in the sunlight, and the silver stars glow up above. If you click on the image to see it larger, you can even get a good view of the little green-haired fairy lad chilling amongst the curls of brass. Below, it’s hanging out on a wall with my collection of duckies, and a ruler since my iPhone wasn’t feeling tall enough for the task.
Saturday, September 24th, 2011
This piece is an echo of Hibiscus Green, but using the color palette from yesterday’s art. The mixture of the gold tones and zoisite texture gives it an illusion of being an iridescent bronze, even though the paint is actually quite matte. The zoisite is especially matte, soft and velvety looking on the paper’s surface.
Zoisite Swirls, 6.375″x4.25″ hibiscus tea on paper, $77 with free shipping.
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