I know I have been slacking on the updates, buy hey, it's summer, and someone has to drink beer and fall asleep in the sun. I have started to move along on my "Happy Huntsman" piece and am now working into the first painting stage, but before I get into details, I have to talk about the new dog I just adopted. Now I know that everyone thinks their dog is the best, but it isn't, mine is. In fact, if you have a small dog, that instantly puts you out of the running for having a cool dog, especially if it's one of those tiny white ones that has a permanently stained face and has the intelligence of an Idaho potato (sorry Tara). My dog Bishop is going to be included in my next several paintings, so plan on seeing him some more in the upcoming months.
Below you can see the drawing completed for the "Happy Huntsman", along with the color studies. I am trying something a bit different with this piece by focusing more on the larger dark shape/silhouette of the figure contrasting with a lighter colored background. Again, I cannot stress the importance of preparation when doing a painting. Drawings, life studies, thumbnails, color studies, etc are all extremely useful. You never want to paint yourself into a corner on the final piece (see how I did that, you see how that works on those two levels, ah nevermind.)