Thursday, December 15, 2011

Current State of Things.

There are a few fan articles for Harn which I have illustrated that should be coming out before the first of the year. These articles have a few of my drawings which I am pretty proud of. I will offer you just a peak of one of these illustrations.
Both projects have been a long time in the making. An article on a woodland tree house I think has an illustration I did in 2007 that will finally see the light of day. 
Nasty Goblin dude.
The other big project I have been working on is a series of paintings for the Demolay organization. The first of the three is coming along nicely I think. It has been a challenge. I hope to have the painting wrapped up by the first of the year so I can concentrate on the other two.  I still have to give the characters in the painting likenesses of specific members of the Demolay organization. I have not received the reference photos yet, so that will have to wait. I am just  making the faces up at the moment- using photo reference, looking at classical paintings, and working out of my head best I can.
Join the Fight, 36"x24", oil on linen, © copyright Demolay Int. and Richard Luschek 2011
In painting, I typically set something up and paint from life. Doing a large scale imaginative piece has been a bit out of my comfort zone. I am still struggling with the light in the picture and may end up building small clay maquettes to work out the light and shadow. I typically do pen and illustrations, so the addition of a full color painting with form and breadth is a different animal.
You can check out my last post on the painting when it was just in the color study/charcoal drawing stage. You can see the changes I have made since then.