My latest commission is a cutout collage that will hang in a family cabin in St. Germaine, Wisconsin, which is a city featured on the map I used. The clients asked me to include certain important details, such as their love of bears, their cabin’s location on Bear Run Rd., and the legacy of two grandfathers. I recreated one grandfather’s CPD badge and the other grandfather’s Board of Trade badge.
If you have ideas for your own cutout collage, please comment on this post or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. They make excellent gifts and meaningful ways to represent your memories!
In art as in life, you can achieve anything you want to if you take the necessary steps. That includes learning how to paint in a photorealistic style.
Last year I was commissioned by a tennis super fan to paint a portrait of Rafael Nadal. I wanted to document my approach to realism, so I filmed the entire process.
Watch my video below to see how I went from step 1 to step 2 — from blobs of paint to a photorealistic portrait. Then try these steps yourself! With a little practice you will be creating your own photorealistic paintings.
Way back in 2012, in my third blog post (which you can read here), I shared a few of the illustrations I made for author John Wawrzaszek’s Field Manual: Human Body zine. (You can read an excerpt from the hilariously surreal zine here.) I enjoyed the project, but I never expected to return to these illustrations I made so long ago….
John has also been organizing a long-running series of readings called Two Cookie Minimum. Last night was the 6th anniversary of the series, and John commemorated the occasion by presenting a couple of chapters from Human Body. He wanted to project some of the illustrations while he read, but he didn’t want to use the same black-and-white versions that everyone has already seen.
For this special anniversary, John asked me to colorize the drawings. I decided to make the coloration look like the printing techniques you see in old anatomy textbooks. (If you click on an image, you will get a closer look.) The result is fun and adds a new dimension to the drawings. You can see a photo from the reading here, taken by Alex Nall.