Posts Tagged ‘painting’

Ready for the Bacchanal

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In October, I had finished my first mask making project after slowly working on it, a little at a time. Originally it had started as a simple sketch idea, that I picked up materials for and started, then got sidelined with life. As October rolled around, and I had some free time, I dove in and made sure that I devoted enough time to it that I would be able to finish it properly.

Materials/Process:

Started with a plaster mask from an art store. Immediately cut off the little rinky elastic strap, as well as the lower half of the face, as I wanted to be able to talk, eat, and drink with the mask on. Next step was to take wire mesh (wrapped around crumpled newspaper), and start forming the under structure of the horns. wiring the base of them into the pre-existing mask. Once the horn structure was about where I wanted them, flattened sheets of paperclay were drapped over the mesh, and sculpted into rudimentary horns. Ridges and smaller details were added later.

At a certain point I realized I wanted a darker look to it, and started cutting out the eye areas and the lower face using an Xacto, then wound up picking up a second mask to add the layered effect (also cut down). Some of the last lines on the face, and the trio of circles, were added by using Elmer’s glue to draw lines, and then building the layers up as each layer dried.

Then primed, and ready for paint. which was a solid basecoat of black spraypaint, followed by red and white, and some more black layering with sprays, before going in with brush to finish the small details and then sealing with a varnish coat.

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Shown with mini sculptures.

Coupled with some makeup effects underneath, and a nice suit and some props, turned out quite well.

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Viking: Character Design Challenge 2016

Just finished for a Viking character design contest on Facebook in this group.
(To go directly to the post and give a like/comment/share, go here).
Also, if you aren’t doing so already, be sure to follow my art page on there. JG Art on FB

Fun and relatively quick piece to put together.
The concept on this one was a Viking protector, and his young charge. The girl is the future queen, and as such, is both a child, and still armed and willing to fight.
Micron line work, with acrylic paint on watercolor paper.

Have a few different things in the works at the moment, so will be updating sporadically with new things. Check back soon.

~JG out.

Gauntlet is something of a post-apocalyptic science fiction story that I have been working on for some time.  The first issue was one of my first forays into a full sized comic book, and although the story came across well, the artwork suffered, as I didnt plan my time for it well enough. For this, the second issue of the storyline, I planned my time much better, allowing for both traditional image making, full time for lettering and editing. All in all a much more successful venture, and a comic I am proud to call my own.

As such, I’m willing to share the full issue for multiple purposes. 1. showcasing what I can do, and 2. hopefully leading to more work in the comic field.

Will share the link to purchase the print volume shortly.

Gauntlet, issue 2.

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Some time around the end of last year or beginning of this year (not 100%) I was asked by an awesome couple to do some art for them. The request was to do a silhouette of a fairytale like tree, and a little girl on a swing set. Also, it was to be painted in the bedroom of their upcoming baby girl.

Will say a couple things about this, first, the couple and their family were amazing, making sure this particular artist was well fed and had anything I wanted to snack on, which is always a plus.  Second, and more important, it’s a great feeling when someone is confident enough in your abilities as an artist that they will hire you on to do something you’ve not done before. For a client to have that faith in my abilities is motivation in itself. Thankfully I didn’t disappoint, and they were super happy with the end result.

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Additionally, since Alexandra was born, they’ve also included me as a recipient of baby picture holiday cards. Which is kind of an awesome thank you in it’s own right. Glad to see that their beautiful baby girl is enjoying her fairytale bedroom.

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Create Your World” 2014

Created this piece on Friday for a small local art contest at Williamsburg Artist and Craftsman Supply. The winner gets a nice new easel to take home with them, something I would definitely like to have as my pieces are starting to get bigger and leaning them against things in my house is getting tricky. So, to anyone who’d like to help out in that department, all you have to do is like the image on facebook in the competition page. Link is Here.

Also, if you havent already, would appreciate any and all likes/follows on my FB art page, James Groeling Art

Thanks all. More updates coming soon.

JG

Back in March I had made a bunch of small little drawing/paintings for a show, using wood scraps from a studio I work at. Recently re-found a few dozen of the pre-cut panels and decided to start playing with them. Currently have 6 drawn out, 2 of which I finished up the painting work on.

Going to put stands on the back of these so they’ll be ready for display on a shelf or desk. Still need to put a sealant on them, and sign the backs. Then I’ll be selling them through my Etsy store along with many other things I have up there.

The wooden pieces these are on vary a little in size as they came from scraps (recycle and reuse), but are mostly around 4.5″ tall by 2.75″ wide, at about 1/2″ thick wood.

Baby Dragon Moments
Watch as a young dragon attempts it’s first fiery breath, getting only a few coughs of smoke.
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To Make a Dwarf Cry
Invite one of your height deficient adventuring companions to a tavern without bar stools, and see the patience of your average Dwarven warrior dissipate.

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In preparation for the Cedar Beach music and arts festival (long island, NY), I was asked by Parkside Fuel/Greenseal Weatherization to create a painting on one of their older oil tanks, from an image of their offices during a snowstorm.  So, in the interest of sharing some progress work with you. Here’s how it starts.

Client asks me if I can do something, I say yes. I do it, something goes wrong, I fix it, make it work.

So when they gave me a white tank to start on, I realized two things. first, it was rusting through the paint. two, it wasnt well primed. Picked up a coat of Rustoleum primer, problem solved, materials added to list.

Paint wasnt sticking as well to that surface as I’d hoped, so had to double up on coats for even the non dense patches. Solution, I’d have to really crank into this thing to finish it for the event. Here’s some pics. (click for larger version) Oh, and I was working on location in a corner of their graveled parking lot.

On its back, getting painting

standing, very rough start  coming together  top down look  Night, finishing up

In order to finish it, the last day I was there from about 7am-9pm. When I have a deadline, I do everything I can to make sure it gets finished for the client.

The next day, I arrived at the event to see the tank in daylight, Although there was one change, the sealant coat I used must have picked up some dust during the night, because there was a thin coat of white at the top area. It worked out well though as it added to the snow cloud effect. What artists like to call, a “Happy Accident”.

At the event

The client was really happy with how it turned out, people at the event stopped to look, and get information on the artist (this guy), and was a lot of fun. Also they hired me to do face painting at the event, which is normally not what I’d be doing, but the kids were great and I had a lot of fun making them look like butterflies, puppies, tigers, zombies, and various other things.

Overall, great experience, and they already mentioned they want me to do more work for them.

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Earlier this year I was fortunate enough to meet and work with Kevin Reed in his studio. I had been linked of facebook (hooray social media) by a friend of mine when he was seeking artists for a set piece. I responded and sent over my link and although what he needed was different from what I usually create, he was confident in my abilities. So about a day or two later I met him and set to work. I had created a rough sketch which the client had approved, so simply started to build out my area with tape and get to work.

Some of the varied sketches:

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Starting off:

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Kevin had recently acquired two kittens, a brother and sister who I called Brooke and Brad, whose names were actually Brooklyn and Bradford. For the vast majority of the time I was working, they were sleeping on my bags, supplies, or in some cases, on my assistant Colleen when she came in to help me finish on the last day.

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Unfortunately the project was on a very limited timeframe, which meant I needed to get cranking on the set in order to have it done in time for the shoot. So, over the course of what i believe was three days straight, I stayed in Kevin’s studio working constantly, with breaks here and there to stuff food in my face. (note: if you ever need to stay awake for extended lengths of time, you need to eat, your body goes into overdrive and needs the calories to keep you functional)

Kevin and his fiance Polina (now his lovely wife) were super sweet and great to work with. Both kept offering me tea and water, as well as offering conversation while I was working. All of which helped. By the end of day two I realized that I was going to need some help to push through the last of it, which is when I had Colleen show up at the studio to help move things along.

The process I was using was tracing paper drawings of the scroll-work, backed with a graphite rubbed piece of paper, and then tracing the scroll-work onto the wall, which kept everything uniform and neat. then going through with grey and silver paint to build a little depth, and some faint black and white in the appropriate spots to kick it a bit. The idea was for something intricate and simple at the same time that wouldn’t detract from the models and the evening wear.

At work:

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Fortunately with Colleen’s help, and Kevin and Polina’s tea, coffee, and chocolates (oh the chocolate, soo good), we managed to pull it together. Colleen wound up there for somewhere around 24 hours herself, I was at something like 60-70 of straight working, but it came out great.

Nearly there:

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I did end up coming back the next day to revise the mirror at the client’s request, they felt it was going to be a distraction the way I had tried to paint it as a patina/reflection. Wasn’t a big fix, and they were happy after, so all went well.

Only recently saw the big payoff of beautiful women posing in front of the walls which I’d created, and must say, it’s a perk of the job. Definitely looking forward to working with Kevin again in the future, as well as Colleen as she really helped me pull this off. Thanks to everyone, and here’s some samples from the shoot for your enjoyment.

Terani Couture 2013 Fall Evening collection.

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JG out.

The sign gigs have been going pretty so far. The more I work within the constraints of a limited set of colors and a black background, the more I realize i can just have some fun and create different looks. That might be part of why I’ve gotten a few call-backs to places to expand their sign selections already. Here are a few new ones for your enjoyment.

O’Hanlon’s on 14th street (just west of 1st Ave)

Pretty similar layouts with different art thrown into the mix. Also had a brand new, never before used board to play on which was pretty fun.  Set the opening standards high.

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Exchange Bar & Grill on 3rd Ave between 20th and 21st streets.

Was asked to come in and do signs for their weekend brunch menu, and played around a little more with different looks. Although I have realized that the chalkboard pens I use are definitely going to be needing replacements already.

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It’s been fun so far, although I still havent really started handing out cards at all the bars yet, mostly because I’m still figuring out what’s an appropriate price range for work and materials, and second because I’ve been out of town working on some projects so haven’t been local.

Will most likely have at least one new JDGAF comic up for you guys by next Monday, and another two by the end of next week. This traveling for work bit and lacking a portable computer are slowing down my updates. Going to have to correct that soon.

JG out.