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When Pigs Fly

I wanted to write a post today about a unique commission that I worked on last month. I was asked to work on a flying pig painting and was given 100% artistic licence. At that point I knew that I’d have a blast with this piece but what I didn’t know was how much fun it would be. I started off by discarding the idea of doing a flying zombie pig, yes that idea was the first to cross my mind, and instead decided to work on generalized thumbnail sketches to test out the overall style and feel of the piece.

I experimented with various styles trying to get a feel for where I wanted to go. For the first thumbnail I started aimlessly doodling and something circa 1990’s Cartoon Network came out for the first piece. This was quickly rejected and I decided to attempt a cuter route. I worked from extremely abstracted pig shapes and made each a bit more realistic.  Once I drew 4 I knew I had the perfect pig, though pig #2 was a close runner up.

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With the pig figured out, I began sketching it out in a larger format on nicer paper and got to my final drawing. I don’t have any pictures of this part because after sealing the sketch with a 2-1 ratio of water and matte medium I immediately started painting it (I may have been a bit excited). Check out a speed painting video showing part of my process:

This is the final result of the commission.

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Note the amazing clouds that are painted in the background. Those are all thanks to this tutorial video by Painting with Jane. It has saved my bacon on multiple occasions now (pun intended).Checkout her YouTube Channel for more painting tutorial videos. 

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And the piece is finished off with a frame.Lauren-Crest-Blog-flying pig framed

I’m quite pleased with how this commission went. Let me know your thoughts by commenting below. Also, shoot me a message if you are interested in commissioning your own custom art piece.

 

Unicorns and Penguins and Ponies, Oh my!

This last week was an exciting week. I got to create some art for three friends/loved ones for their birthday/unbirthdays. It is the first time that my schedule hasn’t been INSANE in months so I took this extra time to have fun and enjoy creating. I enjoyed casually playing around with my style and experimenting with colors to come up with these cuties. (Note, I didn’t take a photo of my brother’s card before I sent it off. I just got so excited that I shipped it without thinking about capturing the epic, ridiculous birthday request that he gave me. *Facepalm*)

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My favorite part about creating these pieces was putting them in their frames. I loved painting them but I loved choosing the right color for the mattes to complete each image and make them pop. I will add that there is nothing nearly as satisfying as seeing the final package come together.

 

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If you are interested in a small piece similar to these (5” x 7”) for yourself or for a loved one, message me. 🙂

Painting Bees

 

As you should know by now, I’m addicted with painting bees. The piece above was done for a friend’s birthday. I wanted to try my hand recording some traditional art in progress and since this is the first traditional piece in weeks I figured it would be perfect for an experiment. It was a lot harder than expected but I like the result. 🙂 View the final product below. Keep an eye out in the coming weeks as I should have more bee related pieces in the near future!

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Fe5tival

I’m going to be one of the 50 artists who will be painting live at Fe5tival, an interactive arts event and fundraiser for the Nurture the Creative Mind Foundation, this Saturday. The event will run from 4:00-8:00 PM at the Ogden Amphitheater (2484 Washington Blvd, Ogden, Utah). All pieces created that night will be available for auction. You should drop by to support this fantastic foundation and to enjoy events, music, and artwork. Check out the Fe5tival event page for more information:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1442148472771915/

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