Here it is, the first post on my WIP Blog. Stay tuned here to see pics of and notes on the BUFFALOTRONICS' works as they're worked on.
In our first pic for the blog we have one of two wooden cabinet doors I took off of a dry bar I found in the alley behind my last Chicago apartment about 4 years ago. I painted the floral designs and borders way back when. I love the carved woodwork in the frame of this piece of wood and have waited a while to think of the right subject to put in the middle. The time is now!
Here's what they were for a few weeks in 2015. Just wasn't feeling it. I have since used the trees in other works (they're wood cutouts.) All those circles under the trees have been painted over in white.
I don't do a lot of sketching. That said, this is a quick late night sketch of the new idea I had for the middle of one of the cabinet doors. I usually have a general idea of how the piece will look in my head when I start, but sometimes you gotta sketch just to remember that epiphany you had two minutes before you put your head in bed.
Getting the sketch down on the canvas. Not seen, hour or two of ruler, protractor and compass work to get the design down. I first sketch it all in pencil, because you can paint white over pencil mistakes. Somewhere in that smudgy mess is my basic design.
Next I trace the pencil parts I want to keep in ball point pen. You can't make any mistakes with the ball pint pen. Well, you can, but they'll show up because here's a handy fact - ball point pen ink bleeds through most acrylic paints.
After I trace the design with my pen, I paint over it again, and end up with the above. The ink bleeds through enough, but the rest is whited out and ready for other paint to fill it in.
Here's what it looks like right now, at 10:50PST on March 16, 2016.
Ready to fill in the colors on the background design.