Time to put together the ideas in my head, with the materials in my basement. Etsy store, here I come.
Laurel is out of town and I’m finally getting motivated on my next set of door knockers. This is the first truly mass produced set. I bought enough parts to make 50 of them, these are the first 10. They still need a few screws and some primer, then it’s on to the painting. I need to get them out the door, I just booked an awesome wedding band!
I see a video like this and it reminds me that sometimes I say to Laurel “I can’t really draw” and she laugh’s at me and tells me I’m just doubting myself. I can copy somebodies drawing style, but I can never really find my own. When I sit down and really want to draw something I can never think of anything. I think I need to start doing still life or something just to get my hands back in shape. I know there’s good drawings in there somewhere.
So a few weeks ago I published a photo of two skulls that I sold to a couple in Maryland. They had the order in for a long time, but I hadn’t finished them. For some reason I was having a horrible time deciding if they were cool enough yet. I think it’s because they were the first ones that I did in black with colors instead of a normal dark in the eyes kind of thing. Here are some pictures of it in progress. I really like the finished products, but I think there’s something to be said about the gloss black and gloss red. I just need to get it right and figure out how to use oil paints better.
I finally delivered these last Monday. I’d been working on them for a long time. I got an email from someone who had seen them at Artomatic and wanted one for a unique wedding gift for a friend and one for herself. She wanted them to be mostly black with these specific colors. I hadn’t done a one with black as the main color. I had a few false starts and paint mistakes, but in the end I think they came out awesome.
Things I learned from these.
- Gloss black is cool by itself, but hard to do color effects over.
- I hate oil paints.
- Airbrushing is both harder and easier than I thought.
- Plaster casts can be brittle.
- I need to pay attention to knocker length. (that’s what she said)
Or at least that’s what I call it.
Laurel was working tonight and I had some projects that I needed to get done so I put on my art boots and got to work. Once again this camera sucks, but I think it’s good enough for this.
I still need to work on a couple of these, but I really had doubts about a couple of them. The red and black one is my favorite, I was REALLY unsure about the purple and green. I couldn’t seem to get it not to look cheesy. But a little time, some chances, and I’m really getting siked about the results.