I'm exploring this image further in pastel. I will probably work on a different surface for the next exploration. I used Uart pastel paper for this version. Earlier in the month I posted the watercolor version. This scene was on the University of Texas campus. In the foreground I tried to give the impression of a person walking to the right into the deep shadow.
My friend Tony and I were on the University of Texas campus when I snapped this shot with my camera phone. We were on our way to a performance. This is the initial study of the image; my intent is a larger pastel and watercolor.
After painting the alleyway I walked over to the area in front of Chase Bank and sat at one of the tables. These two guys were sitting on a bench to my right. I did the graphite work on site and finished it up with watercolors.
I worked on this last Sunday after the gym. I was standing next to the Athenian Grill looking across at this alleyway. I worked with my aquarelle graphite block and watercolors on my 11 by 14 watercolor paper block.
Two weeks ago I sat down on a bench at 6th and Congress and painted the corner across the street. I was working with watercolor and trading cards. I'm working on painting from memory and also just trying to capture as much data as I can for larger paintings.
Another abstract from the archives. I have always painted them. So this is really not a new trend. I just tend to keep the abstracts to myself. I think they reveal more about the artist than realism. Just my opinion.
After I drew her grandpa J. W. Taniya said "draw me" so I did. She wiggled a lot and got distracted by other things. With her eyes I got two separate directions because she shifted her focus. The beauty of working from life.
Another in my People of Commerce series. The standing figure is my niece Elizabeth and the seated one is my baby sister Karen who hates posing for me. I did this quick study while home for the holidays this Thanksgiving. Elizabeth is a licensed beautician. I used the new Graphite Aquarelle pencils.