Hope is Eternal.

First I want to share some of my personal life not directly related to my art. My grandfather past away this week. It has been a real mixture of feelings for me. I am extremely sad to lose him from my life, but I know he is in a better place and not truly gone. I have thought about death a lot since I lost my grandmother when I was young. So in one since I was prepared, but it’s still a loss that I feel. I do think at it’s core I’m tired of knowing that in this world we will lose everything dear to us someday. Even though I believe the spirit lives forever. But this is a discussion for another time.

Now I would like to share one of the projects I started on a few months back. It is part of the Pop Animal collection I started last year. The subject this time is an owl. First I would like to share with you a picture when I was following my original direction for the piece.

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I originally sketched out an owl in mid flight, it was decent in the sketch. I, as you can see, was going to use bright colors and make him more painterly. What I cranked out… I hated. I just didn’t like it at all. I thought maybe it was just from me looking at it too long so I let it sit for a few days and came back. No, I still hated it. So I did something some would think drastic… and painted over the bird!

I mulled over my next course of action for the next few months. I then decided on what I’m planning to do next. First I needed a new sketch of an owl. It took me a while but I finally set down one day and whipped this guy out (while finishing up the series Wilfred on Netflix).

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If all goes correctly I will clean this guy up and trace that image on to the previous board and then paint a sort of outlined owl in sepia tones.

I think it’ll be really awesome.

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