17 April 2011

YO HO, YO HO, a Pirate's life for me!

Pirates.  I love them.  Now, don't you start assuming that I loooovvveee pirates because of Johnny Depp and the perpetual series of piratey films, because that is not why I find myself inextricably obsessed with them.  My reasons go a lot deeper than that.

I grew up practically living on the beach in central California (yay Santa Cruz!) and I've sort of always had a fascination with the idea of pirates.  I will admit this fascination was fueled a little bit by the film Goonies (because EVERYONE knows One-Eyed Willie is rad) and due to the fact that Pirates are romantic.  I don't care who you are, you can't argue with me on this one!
Anyway, I bought four more of the 20 x 16 canvases and knew I'd need another epic idea for what to fill them with.  Pirates seemed a natural choice because so far I've been painting things I loved.  Though I did want to paint this in the style of the fairy paintings, I didn't trust myself enough to pull it off without ruining the whole design.  So, cartoony it became!

As you can see, the "little cloud that could" is a little greyer than I originally was going to do, but he was just so darn cute and was trying so hard that I had to make him a little more menacing than a "bright fluffy white" would have allowed him to be.
So, my biggest hope is that this painting will inspire some child somewhere to be adventurous and silly.  Though (and I'm going against Pirate tradition here) WITHOUT the rum.
: )

08 April 2011

Work in progress

A couple of days ago, as I was quietly sketching pirate ships for a new project I'm working on, my Mother (with batting eyelashes and angelic smile) sweetly declared that she would like to see what I was drawing.  To be honest, petitions of this kind usually annoy me as I much prefer to work start-to-finish without the interruption of having to explain myself and for a moment I almost found myself spitting back at her with some offhand, false comment about her voice grating violently on my ear drums.  But, as is an unfortunately rare occurrence in my life, I actually thought before acting and decided to show her exactly what my brain and hands had been concocting.  Of course she liked it (she is my Mother after all), but "Mucho Suprizo" she suggested that I let more people see the process I take when coming up with ideas.  In truth, this was nothing I'd ever thought of doing before because I have this neurotic need to not let anyone see anything but the finished product.  Maybe I think they'll judge it and decide they don't like it if they see it before it's done?  I don't know.

Anyway, I've decided to take my Mother's sagely advice and show you all just what a "work in progress" looks like for me.  Oh, and in an effort to provide you with a little advance warning, yes I do write notes to myself and no, I am not crazy.  (Besides, you know you've done it too.)

Here are a few of the most easily understood sketches in the order of their creation:

So obviously the last two images are of the "yet-to-be-painted" Pirate Ship piece.  You'll just have to trust me when I say it is going to be fabulous!  Oh, and the "little cloud that could" up in the corner is going to be a lovely shade of white, rather than an imposing gray.  He is a wishful little devil isn't he?

: )

OH!  I've just realized I've never told you, but if you want to see the images larger, you can just click on them.