Friday, April 3, 2015

Art of Jax Turyna to Be Auctioned for Vets

Help support the troops!  The auction for this original of model & actress Jax Turnya is on now!  You can own my original portrait of Jax, based on photo reference by Ralph Hasletine, by placing a bid here. All proceeds from the auction of this original art work will be used to to entertain our troops overseas and those still wounded in VA Hospitals all over the world.

If you want a cheaper alternative, than you can purchase a quality 14" x 11" canvas print for only $50, and $10 will be donated to this cause.  Jax brought one to the office, and it looks great!

Help our troops, own some art and help the cause of our heroes!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

I Don't Just Draw Nudes

Every once in a while I will do something that is not pinup or nude art based. This painting was originally a birthday gift for my wife 15 years ago. She wanted a painting that would fit in our upstairs hallway, and, being the decorator, she was very specific on what elements and styles she chose.

One thing that she insisted upon was the use of a technique know as imapasto in the hill. Since it's not normally my style of painting, it did take some practice, but the effect is very cool; it gives the painting a sculpted, 3 dimensional look.

For her birthday this year, she asked me to update some colors in the hill, such as adding green vegetation, and some burgundy in the rocks. She also wanted more separation between the castle and the mountain in the background, so I added more grey for a misty, atmospheric effect.

Painting landscapes is a fun, but occasional, diversion from my usual nude figures, which are more in my wheelhouse. Contact me at Fine Art America with any comments or questions.

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Monday, March 9, 2015

More Naked Wives

A couple of commissions for a client of his beautiful wife.  The subject is over 50 years old. but you'd never know it based on her wonderful photos.  Enjoy.  Contact me a with any comments or questions.


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The Art of the (Color) Nude

It's obvious that I love illustrating nude women.  I feel I am very proficient in graphite.  But I've decided that this is the year for me to stretch myself, and work in different media.

The below images are 2 of the 3 commissioned by a client of his (now ex-) wife.  Each was based on nude illustrations that he found, & I added her head to them.  Although I did have some nudes of the lady herself, they were only for facial reference.

I really liked this project, as I had only done a few colored pencil nudes before. This forced me to look at the female nude in color, rather than breaking down the reference photos into black & white tones.

I am really happy with these illustrations; I thought I did well establishing her skin tones, her curves, etc.  Almost the quintessential 'Naked Wife' in my portfolio. 

Contact me with any comments or questions.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Playboy's Heather Bauer Redux

Here's another piece of art that I recently updated, of Playboy CyberGirl and Special Editions model Heather Bauer.

I originally did this drawing in 2008, at Heather's request, based on an anonymous photographers photos.  The shots were different than her Special Editions and Cyber Girl pictorials in Playboy, as they were artsy, boudoir and more sensual, with lots of shadows.  When I originally did the art, I focused more  on her figure, her mood, but did not shade anything i the background, like I usually do.

I concentrated mostly on shading the corners to close in the drawing, and darkening some spots on Heather's body.  I also softened the shading around her butt; it was too liney, so I shaded it more,  with softer edges, so it would be more sensual. I also reworked her left eye.

These are the after and before shots, of course.  The reworked drawing will be reshot professionally very soon, and uploaded on my site and available for sale in prints, pillows and licensing then.  What do you think?  Contact me here with any comments or questions

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Beautiful Wives Here

I do ALL sorts of commissions for both husbands who want sexy art of their wives, and wives who want to give their spouses a very special gift!  I find this kind of work very rewarding, as this is an intimate, special gift for a couple.

Below is an example of a private commission from several years ago, a gift from a wife to her very lucky husband.  She sent me the photo reference, and I took about 4 weeks to draw the image.  We didn't make many changes at all, as I had a wonderful photo reference from which to work.  From what I'm told, her husband is very happy with the art.


I take the trust and discretion needed between client and artist very seriously. You don't have to be a model, nor do you have to be nude,  to be the subject of a beautiful boudoir drawing.  Contact me at Fine Art America with any comments or questions.

Monday, January 5, 2015

What's My Legacy

Having come off of 2014 as the most prolific year of my career in several years, I am excited to build on my successes of the past 12 months.  I have several commissions that may turn into fruition, plus many, many more 'fun' projects in the offing,

But something that has been nagging at me, perhaps because I am getting older, is what legacy will I leave with my art?  I realize that I may not achieve the fame and notoriety of artists like Gil Elvgren and Alberto Vargas, but I really hope that my art can be enjoyed by others long after I'm gone, as well as now.  How does an artist do that?  I frankly don't know.

The Landers Sisters-Audrey & Judy. Reference courtesy of Playboy

I was watching the the feature on Sting during Kennedy Center Honors the other night, and in his intro piece, he said that, after a very prolific songwriting career,  "the songs just stopped coming."  That scared the piss out of me.  What would happen if I suddenly lost my ability to create?  I love what I do, & I love my pinup and nude female subject matter; if my ability to create suddenly left me, I'd be depressed, I'd be lost.  It's scary to even think about it. 

Creative people have a drive to do just that--create.  And our creations are usually very personal, as they are extensions of ourselves.  As I watched Sting as he listened to people giving him tribute through his music, I saw him well up as he rocked and hummed along.  The songs were his offspring, and he was the proud papa as others sang them.  I  looked up at the pieces that hang in our rec room and thought, that is my legacy.  No matter what, these pieces will somehow live beyond me.  I hope you enjoy them.

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