Category Archives: Works in Progress

Piece of Cake




Not much to say about this one too. Scaled up from a sketch and painted over – the only thing recycled was the slight background. I might go over the Lamingtons later to make them more distinctive. The chocolate bunnies are kinda universal these days – especially with Easter coming up.

Beaked Noses

Surprisingly, this one took much shorter than the others.

  • I rescaled her face profile from the previous illustration,
  • filled in some detail and more lines
  • touched up her hairline
  • added glasses and … that was it.

The kid is a silhouette and the faint background is a recycled interior shot with a dynamic radial burst of pinks overlay.


Over the Counter Service

Here’s another which was done from scratch. Not much trickery going on her which wasn’t employed in my previous posts. A re-use of the background and good old fashion painting-from-scratch.



Note: the bag with the microphone is unfinished because I have to redesign it from my previous image.

Lights Are On ….

Unfortunately for this one, there wasn’t much of an opportunity to recycle body parts. Luckily, the images here will be used for a few ones more ahead. The only slight recycle is a faded background used of the basement with cleavers hanging from shelves. That’s obscured by the wash of purple-red creepiness.



Here’s the original sketch with colours laid down. I eventually desaturated the background to keep some distance and depth between the reality and the fantasy.



Oishi des!

Here’s a fine example of more recycling.

  • Scaled up from my previous image with colour levels adjusted,
  • copy & paste & scale of another background already done,
  • all that was added was an extra hand, some thongs, a cake and a creepier facial adjustment.



While I do say it’s a simple scale up, the elements closer to the foreground get a retouch with a finer brush to sharpen the edges. For instance, the cakes on the trays got a repaint along with the glass casing. The elements in the background get a simple edge-treatment just to make it look less fuzzy.

Dat Ass … mhmm


Just a quickie for this one:

  • Background was a reused-recoloured section of another piece,
  • about 20% of the lady was copied from another and
  • the kid was drawn from scratch – I’ll probably be using his face in a few more pictures.

It was nice to finally draw her skirt, which makes her a big muffin/cupcake šŸ™‚


Brickwork No.4

Originally, this was a frontal shot of a door embedded in a tree trunk. But the image looked much like a bleeding vagina (due to the red) that I decided to paint over it (you can barely see outline underneath in the door area) and evoke something a little more geometric.

Quick lattice set up a grid for perspective – once again, a little distorted.


Fixed up the perspective with the Umber wash linework.


The final piece with pastels and dark washes – complete with doorknob.


Brickwork No.3

This one is a little bit of a throwback to the “Red Door: Richmond” I did a few months/years ago. It’s a narrow door set in the face of brick wall, but this time I decided to do some fancy brickwork which meant a lot of shadow play.

Base Colours and tones. Most of it was leftover paint from the other paintings.


Line work established in Burnt Umber wash.


Filling in the blanks with pastels of white mixed with reds and yellows, and dark washes of umber and violet.


Ta Dah! with a quick door knob.


Brickwork No.2

Just a quick shot of working on 4 at the same time.


Here’s another one done. Brickwork is fun (not)!



I had to re-adjust the brickwork on the top of the architrave to match the perspective.

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Brickwork No.1

So I’ve been monitoring my (non existant) cashflow and I’ve come to the realisation it’s back toĀ supplementingĀ my “starving artist” lifestyle with some more painting to sell ( And it looks like there’s a few more “doors” left in me. Eventually I’ll paint, like, 78 of them and realise I could have done another Tarot Deck (sigh) – but I don;t have a full deck in me, ready to come out … and these things cannot, or should not, be forced.

Doors, however, I can paint and doodle for peanuts.

This series of four (always a nice round number), will be based on brickwork. The doors themselves will be recovered wood, made into doors. This gives me a lot of creative freedom to “age” my paintings with dirty textures and surfaces.


Starting with the base colour – all of them got two layers of Warm Red (working in Acrylics). I find two layers gives a good solid barrier between the canvas and the washes of paint I apply on top. I’ve noticed on my thinner pieces that if I’m not careful with my brush pressure, the paints rub right off the canvas with thinner layers. Two layers of “primer” or “base” layer protects me from that lack of grip.


After the Burnt Umber sketch, I start working on the contrasting light undertones. Note that I’m still thinking of all the colours which will be under the final ones I paint on top. I’m not sure if this a particularly great technique, but the end result is much richer when I have layers of paint and translucent washes.


Here’s a Day Time shot of laying on other mid level tones over the darker ones. The photos here vary between light and dark because I work throughout the night under warm (yellow) light. I also work on 4 paintings at the same time, till i get to a stage where one needs to be detailed. It’s a workflow process I’ve adopted to save paint (and leftover paint gets applied as a under layer on another painting, regardless of whether it’s suitable for that painting).


Going back to lighter tones, I start detailing the brickwork in the architrave.


A few more perspective adjustments (painting without sketching can be tricky, but since the canvases are so small, the adjustments are easy to make) and I start laying the base colours of the door.



And here’s the final with highlights and shadows worked back in. I’ve opted to give the door a bright/sharp light source and an overcast shadow from above to give a bit of depth. It makes it a littleĀ peculiarĀ but I think with a final shadow wash, I can anchor it all back in. The perspective isn’t perfect, but I suppose that’s what make paintings not photos.



Hmm, to-door-knob or not-to-door-knob?