I originally wanted to have this painting done for San Antonio, but, clearly, that's not what happened... I'm such a slacker sometimes. Ugh. So, here's the finished painting of the illustrious Harley Quinn.
I have Austin this Saturday, which is supposed to be awesome and NOT at the same time. I say that because there's a wicked cold front passing through here this week... My weather app also says it's supposed to rain. I would really like to make enough money to get some much needed groceries.
My sleep schedule has been SO out of whack lately... I'm back to painting, drawing, and making a mess in my living room. I think I'll be drawing more often...
This darling little creature is Willow, my dear friend's late cat. He was 17 years old when he passed in February of last year. I've posted before about how he was the highlight of my conversations with my teacher, my friend, Diane.
I recently lost my own kitty. Misty was 16 when she had to be put down due to illness in December of last year. My heart goes out to anyone who has lost a pet... They're family. They don't ever stop being family.
It was an honour to draw Willow as he is one of the legendary cats of my life.
The wonderful people at Drive Smart Driving School in Carrollton posted an ad on Craigslist looking for a wall artist. Honestly, I don't have much experience painting on walls, but I felt pretty confident I could get it done.
This logo is taller than I am! I'm about 5'5"ish? I used a projector to help with drawing this on the wall. It sounds like "cheating" but I'd like to see YOU try and freehand perfect letters. Haha!
After I got through this first logo (about 30 hours worth of work), I knew everything: how the paint I was using behaves on the wall and my brushes. So, when I did this logo the second and third times, it didn't take me so long... maybe 20 hours each.
It took a lot of time (and I severely undercharged) but it was worth it for the people who needed it. Thanks, Drive Smart! For your patience and kindness. I'll drop by once in a while just to bug you.
Right when I started painting those logos for Drive Smart, I was just finishing this portrait of my dear friend and Austin musician, Atlas Cage.
I've always loved this photo of him lookin' all tuff with a cigar in his mouth, so I wanted to immortalize that with my own artistic talent. The addition of the koi fish was his suggestion.
This is probably the closest to a full body charcoal that I've ever drawn. I usually do a bunch of bust portraits (from the shoulders up). For not having practiced too much on hands and arms, it came out pretty well. I mean, I surely can't stop staring at those arms. :P
Next charcoal will be of a cat. One of my favorite middle school teachers had this cat, Willow. We almost always talked about Willow, mainly because I was super shy and didn't really know how to instigate conversation, so I went with what I knew. "How's Willow?"
Her kindness has made an impact on my life.. throughout my life. Over 10 years later, we even have each other added on Facebook. About 2 years ago, she asked for a portrait of her beloved kitty, and I've always had it on my list of things to draw. After a mixture of residential change, relationship bombing, financially void procrastination, I've finally at least drawn an outline of Willow. In this period of distraction, elderly loving Willow passed. Needless to say, I FEEL REALLY REALLY BAD for not having done the portrait. Sorry, Diane, for taking so damn long.
On a lighter note, I also have plans for more paintings. Michaels had a wicked awesome sale on back-stapled canvases, so I grabbed a few of those... Now to get to work. Haha!
Last week was fantastic!! A dear friend was in town and we drove out to Austin for SXSW, which was also fantastic. I love that even when I feel alone here in Dallas, there are always friends who are amazing. Friends who keep in contact. Friends who make time for me. Everyone I know is just wonderful.
On the darker side, however, in the shadow of the bastard who drove into that crowd at SXSW, killing 2 and injuring 23... Fuck that guy. Those people didn't deserve what he did. They may not be people I know personally, but my heart still broke for them. You can be an asshole, you can be an idiot... but you can't kill people. You can't.
In artsy news, here's my progress on the portrait with Amy and Amara. I think it's looking pretty good, minus one.. little.. annoyance.
I think I may have used this drawing pad for something else as there is the evidence of paper indentions from having been written on. Most noticeably the two vertical lines going down the middle of Amy's face, although I don't think you can see it in the picture.
This frustrated me for a bit, but I'm not about to REDRAW this. That's just bothersome. Haha... If she doesn't mind it, I'll still send it to her when I'm done.
A Thousand Years
by Monica Rodriguez
Acrylic on stretched canvas; 18x24in
I'm finally done with this painting. Some lyrics to Christina Perri's "One Step Closer". I had a few other things I wanted to add to it, but I feel like I tend to overdo it sometimes. I held back, and this is the result. I'm tired of working on it, so it is done. DONE. On to the next... thing!... Whatever that may be.
I have this 20x30in canvas calling my name. I hope it'll be just as fantastic, if not moreso, than this painting. Gloriousness awaits your eyes! Bwahahahaha!
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