It looks like the exhibit at a hair salon might not be happening anytime soon. But it did get me reminiscing about a project that I did for salon for close to two years: help them celebrate Client(s) of the Day with art! A client coming in would be randomly selected to receive a prize, and I would create a special image for that client on a black dry erase board.
I always tried to think of an image that evoked the client’s name. Some of the easiest imagery to come up with were famous cartoon characters. When I drew these, I always thought about my mother’s late father, who was a baker. He could draw anything on a cake with icing, including the likenesses of famous cartoon characters.
The best drawings, however, were realistic portraits. I drew these in much the same way as I paint: starting with green on black. I then layer the primary colors to represent value, followed by layers of “true color.” With the liquid chalk markers, I was able to get an almost impressionistic effect.
This is my very favorite portrait, mainly because it is one of my favorite musical artists of all time. Therefore, I will give you more than one view!
Then, there were a few realistic non-portraiture pieces with which I was also quite pleased:
After awhile, I got to the point where I felt proficient with this medium. In fact, I learned a few things from this process that translated to painting, like good color combinations for flesh tones. I actually wish paint would layer as easily as these markers! They are transparent enough to be layered, but opaque enough to make their presence seen.