Monday, June 27, 2011

Tony - Step by Step Painting on Canvas

For some unknown reason I decided to do this painting as a step-by-step. This is my first attempt at putting together a painting tutorial, so go easy on me! I do not claim to be a professional painter, but I thought someone might be interested in seeing the process. I'm sure there are much better ways to approach this, but this is how I did this painting. It's a painting I did for my son Tony to hang in his room. Here we go... how I created Tony's Halo/graffiti canvas painting.

1. The blank canvas: 18x24 from

2. I draw in my guides for my letters using a red col-erase pencil. I like using the col-erase because they don't smear as much as a regular pencil, but can still be erased.

3. Next I choose the lettering style I want to use. I try to pick something that goes along with the person's personality. I draw the letters in using the red col-erase pencil. Since this is a graffiti style piece, I want my letters to overlap.

4. The next thing I do is add some details to my letters to make them more interesting.
5. I use a black Decocolor paint marker (fine line) to start going over my pencil lines. I like using the paint markers because it is quicker than using a paint brush.
6. I used a paint brush and black airbrush paint to start filling in the letters. I want a blended look to the inside, which I can not achieve using a paint maker, so I used regular paint and a brush for this step. The paint I used was airbrush paint, just because I have a ton of it left from back in my airbrushing days.

I'm still in the process of completing the painting, but this is what I have so far. I have to finish the inside of the letters and then fill in the background. Tony loves Halo, so I guess the background will somehow be a Halo theme.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Diva Weekly Challenge #27 - "Duo-tangle"

This week over at I am the Diva the challenge was to create a Zentangle using only two tangles: "Dex" and "Verdigogh". I seldom use either one of these, so it really was a challenge for me. I sort of cheated this week, since I have too many pots on the fire right now, by combining this challenge with a sun Zentangle ATC swap I am participating in over at ATCs For All. The title of the card is "A Warm Smile". Made with a black artist pen and watercolor pencils.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Spiral ATC (edited zentangle tile)

I took the zentangle from the diva spiral challenge and added blue to the edges of the spiral design. I then cut it down and turned it into an Artist Trading Card. I think it makes a nice looking card.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

X-Files Graffiti Blackbook

One of my favorites in the DREAM series. My 9th attempt at graffiti style art. I like the colors and I like the way the caricatures of Mulder and Scully turned out. I would like to do more of these in the future. Finished 4.20.2011

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Diva Challenge #26 (Spiral Out)

Not too happy with the way this one turned out. I might go back in and add some color to the background. I don't like the background design either. I might give this one another try.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Diva Challenge #25 - "Zendala Magic"

Weekly challenge #25 over at I am the Diva was to create a Zendala using a template that was provided by Genevieve. This is what I came up with. This is the most fun I have ever had creating a Zentangle and my first attempt at a Zendala. I loved doing this!!!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

DREAM Series #8

Another one from back in April. I like the blue and I like the contrast against the black, but I don't like how the black marker left streaks.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Diva Challenge #23 (stripes)

This week's Zentangle at I am the diva is called string theory II: stripes. The string needed to be created using straight lines. I really enjoyed this challenge and am starting to feel more creative. Can't wait until school ends next week so I can focus more on my artwork!!

Dream - Woody

Another Dream drawing. Again, done with markers. At this point I was really starting to get comfortable with using the markers. If you have never tried doing a series I highly suggest it. I have been learning so much by doing these drawings. It has been the best experience!!