Friday, August 30, 2013

A little study

Here is something I'm working on at the moment, I can't talk much about it at present time, but more samples and explanation will follow in the upcoming weeks.

Below is young Frederick Douglass being scolded at.
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Friday, July 19, 2013

Cornerstone! - Pascale

I've been drawing a lot recently, and I wanted to go back to the training ground and see how I was faring compared to yesteryear. When the model stroke her first pose, a 1 minute (2nd drawing from the left), I knew it was one of those "cornerstone"moment, … and I wished Frazetta was here. He would have loved to work with her. She got a powerful, curvy and sturdy body. I drew the whole night internally monologuing with Frazetta. He was mostly making fun of my drawings, and sometime smiling with satisfaction.

I left the studio with a new thought on the art of drawing…uh-oh... that I'd like to share :)

Here is a collage of the best 5 drawings. Poses ranged from 1 min to 10min. 

Drawing a model is like… "I hear what you are saying, but let me say it louder for you."
The equivalent in a verbal conversation would be, repeating after someone, with a loud Gospel or Opera voice.


Model: Look at my hip
Artist: LOOoooOOK AT MY HIIiiiIIiiIIIiiiiiP!!!!

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Friday, May 24, 2013

sketchbook selection

From time to time, i like to visit my old sketchbooks. I browse them discovering them with fresh eyes, and new perspectives. Here is a quick selection of what caught my eyes recently.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013


After finishing my first children book, I'm thinking about what shall I do for the next one. Our next story is ready, and I would like to try something new, artistically. I'm experimenting mixing oil pastels and watercolors.

For the piece below, I started with a saturated wet in wet wash, then once it has dried, I used pastels to finish it up. I kinda like the result, I've never done something so saturated in my life. Using pastel is making me realize how weak or pale my watercolors are, and there is a much bigger range that I've barely touched yet.

For the pastels, I'm using sennelier oil stick. They are gorgeous to worth with, fat, greasy, they glide on the paper with such an ease and grace.

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Still trying to figure out water


Following this weekend experiement, I went back to the shores of Riviere du Nord for another try.
I think I got caught up in the overwhelming amount of details, and failed to see the simplistic version of what the watercolor expression could be. I do like the value arrangement. It Does feel natural. 
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Monday, April 22, 2013

Its Spring!

After 7 months back in Canada, this is my first plein air painting...and when I think of it, It's actually the very first time I was doing plein-air painting in Canada. I found this spot near my home, in a small parc called, Nicolas-Viel, the big wide building across the river is a HighSchool. The river itself is  called Riviere du nord, meaning  river of the north. It's the nothern limit of Montreal. I wanted to emphasize the gradation on the water, but I think I've overdone it a bit. I should've used a cooler darker brown. I'll surely go back later when leafs come into play.
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Friday, April 5, 2013

Having a break

I took a mental break this afternoon from my current project.  Mixing colors for dark complexions still puzzle me, I should try an auto-portrait someday.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Latest Work: Fennec Cub & Butterfly

This is the project I'm working on days & nights, a children illustrated storybook. It will come first on digital platforms(ipad, kindle, android), and then later this year will be available in print. Enjoy the sneak peek!

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