Monday, March 12, 2012

Fezzy Skeleton


Here's a little piece I did during a local Comic Book convention a couple of weeks ago. It's about 5 by 7 inches, and was completed with marker, aquarelle pencil and some pastel pencil. It was lots of fun! So much fun that I might do a small series of these. After all, if it's not fun is it worth doing?

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© Chris Chuckry

Friday, March 2, 2012

Pastel Portrait study


It's been some time since I've updated this blog. Reason being that I have been super busy with work, and a fairly recent teaching gig. In January I began teaching an introductory illustration course at our local college. Thursday mornings from eight to noon, I teach life drawing to Digital Media Design students. A recent assignment focuses on portrait and skull studies done in a variety of mediums. Many of the students have limited experience in working with chalk pastel, so I did a quick portrait study to illustrate some technique.

This portrait is of fashion designer Marc Jacobs. I used a photo as reference and completed the piece on smooth, toned paper. There are some structural issues that I would correct if I was going to present this to a client. However, I was focusing on technique and had a deadline--had to finish it before the sitter left for the day. This is straight pastel with no pencil sketch and it took about 40 minutes to finish.

It was a lot of fun! I normally work in Photoshop. If I use traditional media, it's usually for a pencil or ink sketch which I will then finish in Photoshop. I would love to block out some time in my schedule to break out my oil paints again--hopefully soon!

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