I love drawing and painting on wood. The drawing is always the base for any of my paintings. It's important to respect all of the preliminary work that I do but I think it's also important to let some of those ideas go and allow the painting to evolve into something different. Instead of comparing my initial drawing to the painting I can be free from those constraints and let it be its own thing. Check out this video by Evan Duncan during a studio visit and also some links to his work!
I usually start out sketching on my IPad Pro and Apple Pencil using the procreate app. Then I project the drawing onto a wood panel. After that I choose a midtone base followed by a layer of beeswax. Then I build up from there in layer of wax mixed with oil paint. During this I have to fuse the layers together with a heat gun to make sure they stick together. The process also can be reductive by scraping away the excess layers. Another cool thing about encaustic painting is that you can do encaustic transfers of images and other text like you see in fourth step.
Here I'm playing with transfers and combining them into my encaustic paintings. From a far you can't exactly tell which is a paint stroke and which is a letter.
Pug Sketching with the procreate app on my IPad Pro. I really like working sketching with the Apple Pencil. It has great pressure sensitivity. Also working digitally first really allows me to experiment easily.
Really hard to show how textural these pieces are so here is a close-up on one of my encaustic pieces.
Jackie and Nate are really great friends and I was super excited to work on this and create the illustrations for this animation! Congrats you guys!!!
The Final is done in Ink, Graphite and a little bit of Charcoal.
Hey Everyone! This is a little closeup of my process when it comes to most of my drawings. I start out with a thumbnail sketch so I am not focusing on details but the likeness and exaggeration. Then I scan it and take it to my Ipad Pro. I could finish the whole drawing here and render it all in the procreate app, but I really want to create a one of a kind piece so I project the drawing onto some paper adhered to panel. The final is a mix of ink and graphite.