Heating up the Old Homestead (from my Patreon page)

 

Been working on the Rodeo rider image and the fires of hell are spreading.  Here is an updated image.  There are several other elements on the canvas, including a story, that I have turned off so you can work on the background.  Yes, you heard me right, there is a story in this painting.  Funny thing, when I first decided to create this picture for a friend, I got the idea to create a short story to go with the image.  At the time, I had painted the image on canvas with acrylic paint, intending to create a print with the story included.  Unfortunately, I was not as happy with the painting as I wanted to be and could not figure out or afford to get a print made the way I wanted.  Now that I am doing the image digitally, pow, I can put the story into the image.  I will be curious as to how well it will print.  For now, the story is on a layer I have turned off.  The story and the painting will both be titled “Rodeo”.

 

Interesting note:  I also intended to create t-shirts with the original image and story on them.  I actually managed to have one made after I got the copyrights back.  Whether I will try with the new version will depend on response to the final painting.

Tinkering with Demons (from my Patreon page)

 

While I continue to prepare the pieces to the Cheetah painting, I am back to working on an older painting called Rodeo.  I put it a side because I could not get comfortable with the background I wanted.  I moved the painting onto a larger canvas and started playing with the background after finding some reference images for caverns because this takes place in Hell and I wanted a dark luridly lit scene.  Here is what I have so far.

Brave New Worlds (from my Patreon page)

Mercury courtesy of NASA

 

Finished what I needed for the Cheetah drawing tonight so I went looking for images of Mercury for an eye.  One of the things I have truly enjoyed about creating this series is that it gives me a reason to poke around in NASA files of their exploration of the solar system.  I used to keep up on this stuff because I am technically a space nut.  Painting the planets has been a real treat for me, as well as, reading up on the missions and how long they take.  The Messenger mission that produced the images I will use for Mercury was launched in 2004, did not really start its mission until 2011, and ended the mission by crashing on Mercury on April 30, 2015.  Wow.

Faster than a Speeding Bullet (from my Patreon page)

I have decided that I am very much in the mood to work on another image in my “It’s all Connected” series so tonight I started drawing the cheetah for the image.  I know I had intended to jump into the Gus Grissom tribute but I just not ready for it yet.  The big sticking point for me is getting the image of the recovered Mercury capsule right and you know how I feel about mechanical drawing.  I may work on the drawings for that painting as I am working on the cheetah.  I need to keep moving instead of getting locked up by something that is not working yet.  I have always been like this.  I would not make a good graphic artist.  Anyway, here is the beginning of the image.  Also, you may see a new color pencil piece in here somewhere.  I had a dove all fluffed up from a rain shower sitting on my back porch.  I thought it would make a good subject to practice pencils on.

Blink of an Eye (from my Patreon page)

I spent some time this morning searching the internet for the next animal to paint for my “It’s all Connected” series and decided upon a Cheetah.  I was looking for endangered desert animals and was surprised to find out that the Sahara desert had cheetahs, which turned out to be more than perfect since the planets for this image will be Mercury and Venus.  I was looking at desert animals because I wanted to represent the heat of being so close to the sun but also got a bonus with the cheetah.  Mercury is also a messenger of the old Greek Gods who is fleet of foot, being depicted with winged shoes.  Well, the cheetah is living speed, perfect fit.

I already pulled down some reference pictures and very much look forward to working on this one because of the distinctive face markings.  I have to go back later today and look for some Mercury and Venus images for the eyes.

Question for Those that Follow this Blog

As you know, from following this blog, I am trying to start making money off of my creative output, both written and painted.  The whole tenor of this blog has changed from thoughts on life, history, and politics to discussions on the mechanics of art and writing.  One of the things I recently did was to create a Patreon page to gain financial support through sharing exclusive content with patrons of my site.  One of the other ways I planned to turn my creativity into a business was to create prints of my work for sale.

To that end, I would like to ask a question.  Would you be willing to pay up front for a print of my work?  The reason I ask is that I would not be able to sell a print to you now without getting the money first to pay for the process.  My thoughts are that I could talk to a printing company, get quotes and a test print of certain images (to make sure the quality is there) then post a price based on a reasonable profit margin.  I would also personally sign each print beyond the signature I have in the painting.  However, I would have to get the money for the print and shipping beforehand since I do not have the cash to make a bunch of prints and sell them.  I basically would order the print as the money came in to pay for it.

At this point, you can buy some prints of my work at my deviantart page but the sizes are limited and I don’t feel they do the work justice.  I am hoping that if the test prints turn out well then I can make the prints in larger sizes to properly show off the detail.  So, if there is enough interest, I will start checking into the possibilities.  The works I am thinking about can all be seen as large size images, except for Quiet Strength – Silent Vulnerability which can only be seen as part of my finished in 2016 recap, at my devianart page.  The images to consider are:

Mystics and Misfits cover with no typography

Quiet Strength – Silent Vulnerability

Universal Eyes – Infinite Sadness

Denouncer cover with no typography

As I create more works, I will expand the list, but these are the ones I feel are worth printing and have no legal issues attached to them. Princess for Ever After; unfortunately, would require asking Disney for the right to sell it and the same for Juliette and Josephus needing legal rights to sell.  If there is enough interest, I will consider checking into the rights.  For now, the ball is all yours.  Let me know what you think.

 

Rob

$5 Reward (from my Patreon page)

 

Here is  today’s Patreon post:

As promised, I took all the separate elements of the Carrie Fisher Tribute and made them separate jpeg images.  I copied in the star field from the main painting into each image.  There are three images, Alderaan, Carrie Fisher/Leia Organa, and the Y-Wing.