Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Word of the Day & New Painting Demo

What is the word of the day? Progress(be it slow and arduous) Here's a close up of what I've been working on. I'm also showing you the ref of the hand I'm using. Thank you all my friend/models. Again, I'm a big photo ref/ref in general advocate. At least until you've gained a better understanding of anatomy, light, form color etc where you can start to manipulate it more successfully. Something I constantly try to improve on.

And I also have a new video of here with a close up and explanation of my process and technique. If something is not clear feel free to ask questions. And for a small fee I'll answer them;) I jest.

Thursday, February 17, 2011


Progress is slowing down the more I start refining. So the changes are going to be more subtle. I took another photo today to do some digital adjustments to see where exactly I want to take this piece. Should the hair remain light or should I go a little darker with more saturation?...

Wednesday, February 16, 2011


This deadline is fast approaching so I'll try and post more of these as I go. Hopefully, at the end of each day I'll make some decent progress. I'm trying not to get too caught up in details but it's a bit of a back and forth game at this point. Almost no avoiding it. A very annoying aspect about painting large watery washes on wc paper is the curling of the paper. Other than that I love it.

As you can see here I'm just starting to pull out shapes from vague darker masses to refine. Esp around the face and shoulders. There's some interesting translucent, layery things happening here that I'm liking. I plan on introducing more color within the lighted area of the torso but I want to be careful not to overdo it.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011


So far so good.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Final Drawing

Sorry guys, I ended up going with parts of each and made a new composition. I do like some of the previous sketches and may end up taking them to final in the future. Here's what we have so far.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Some new sketches

Some recent stuff that I'm working on. Decisions decisions...

Thursday, February 3, 2011

A Teaser

I thought this was definitely worth reposting. From Arnie Fenner one of the Founders of "Spectrum"

A Teaser

by Arnie Fenner

I try not to talk about Spectrum too much here on Muddy Colors—though sincerely appreciate it that others have and really want to deeply thank everyone that recently participated in #18—simply because we have an official website already (maintained by our capable son, Arlo Burnett, and administrative assistant, Jackie Miles).

But there are a couple of Spectrum-related things in the offing that are part-and-parcel with what we've been trying to do all along and which I think will be of interest to many visitors here. Honestly, I'm pretty excited about them. Though the second bit of news will have to hold for at least a few days until some of the niggling details are ironed out (it's worth waiting for, trust me), the first...well, the first is something we want everyone to start talking about. It's sort of a "preview" announcement, I guess, but with these sorts of things it's never too early to set the wheels turning—and part of that process is in reaching out. We want opinions. We want in-put. We want suggestions. Because Spectrum has always been about community, about all of the artists joining together to call attention to our profession, to what we do. And what is this great and mysterious something we want people to start talking about?

We've reserved the Grand Ballroom in the Kansas City Convention Center—46,000+ square feet of first-class exhibition space. We're also looking to rent either the adjacent Folly Theater or the nearby Midland Theater for a special event one night—the live presentation of that year's (#19's) Spectrum Award winners. Hotels and restaurants (cheap or expensive) and bars and theaters are all within short walking distance of the convention center. Our goal is to create an art faire for fantastic creators of all stripes and all sensibilities—a gathering of the tribes, so to speak—where they can sell their work to the public without competing with movie studios and Playboy bunnies and actors for attention. A central locale that won't break the bank to get to, show at, stay or eat at. A venue where artists can socialize with their contemporaries and peers, workshop, share, and promote. A place where fans and collectors of all manner of fantastic art—for comics and books and films and the gallery market—can meet their favorites and buy originals and prints. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for students to meet and be inspired by some of the legends in our field. A, once again, community...coming together to celebrate our field and our craft, to help tell people first-hand what the fantastic arts are all about. Details—the hows, the whys, the wheres, and, yes, the cost—will be released in the weeks ahead. But in the meantime, a question:

What do you think a "fantastic art convergence" should include?

Discuss. Please.
For Comments I would recommend posting them at the original post so that Arnie is more likely to see them and take note. Comment Here on MuddyColors

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Thank You! New Vids

Thank you to Rhona for making a music video of my work. "Blush" See vid here

Also here's another time-lapse video update on for my current painting Here