Here are a handful of oil paintings for the picture book I'm working on. Most are roughly 17"x 20" ish...
Graphite drawing on gessoed masonite.
The scene above is a good example of where these paintings reach a pivotal decision making point. Where, and how much opaque paint to utilize on top of this more or less finished wash layer/ drawing.
Good example of illustration problem solving; "what we have here... is a failure to communicate." In my underdrawing, the arm on the right hand figure wasn't reading and neither was the baby grand piano in the back...which I bought in Chinatown for this very scene. Also, the gesture of the figure on the far left was too similar to the one of the far right. Sooo...
...I repainted a large portion of the piece after the first few layers were down, adding a pipe to the left figure and changing the gesture of the right foreground's hand. The piano Christmas ornament I used for reference was a waste, but I like it better now. And I learned from it! Even if I did waste hours on Ebay searching for doll furniture.
Riding the rails over the great Mississippi.
Sensing a musical element yet?
The most fun I've had drawing in a while.
Nearly at the level of some of the more refined pieces in the book. Still, a fun two page landscape of the book.