Isn’t this sad… it’s nearly a year since my last post. That means it been a year since I’ve completed any new art. And that last post was for a painting that was to be the first for a series I was starting that was to be one painting a year… but that is clearly not going to happen at this point. I won’t get intothe details of why, but this year has not been great for art. Still, big things are coming. I am — this close— to finally publishing my first book. That has claimed all my free time this year - though there hasn’t been much. With the coming of that, I thought I would freshen up the site, starting with a revised logo. There’s a little bit more that changed on the site, and plenty more to come in time. I’m hoping 2019 will be a bit more productive. Take this post as my decloration… to at least try.
18 x 24 - Gouache paints with coloured pencil on watercolour paper - minor PhotoShopping was done to the black boarder and the red shape to make web/print ready because the scanner picked up too much of the brush strokes.
This year marked the 20th anniversary of the television series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” - a show I still consider my favorite of all time. So I did this painting to celebrate the said anniversary. I had every intention of doing it much earlier in the year - but life got in the way and pushed it off for sometime. So while I dealt with not having it finished on the original airdate of the first episode, I really wanted to get it done before the end of 2017. Well I did it… just barely, there’s just over a week left in the year… but I did it!
I will say this - If it meant acheiving the quality I managed, I think the wait was worth it. I am very happy with the way it turned out. I’m extremely proud of the layout I think the liknesess of all the characters...
Just when I think life is getting on track and I can start getting back into an "art-groove", something happens and the next thing I know, it's been months since I've done any new art. Well, I'm sick of it. And I've been slowly but sure working on making some changes in my life and schedule to make art more of a priority again. It hasn't been going perfectly, but I'm at least headed in the right direction. To give you an idea of how bad things have gotten, The new artwork I’m sharing here is a piece of art I just finished as a gift for my hubby... for Christmas... of 2016!!! But the point is - I'm making the time and doing it. In the in between times, I've been designing my next set of illustrations. Here is the plan for the next pieces of art.1. The peice I’m sharing here is the gift I did for my hubby. It’s a scen from the musical “Into the Woods” done as an animated cell. I used the costume designed from the production he and I produced. This is a silly little project I’ve been wanting...
... my name is Keith James and this is my website. It's mostly an online portfolio of my artwork, available for all to see, be it friends or family, but especially potential employers! So take a look around, I hope you enjoy what you see.
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