Wednesday, April 16, 2008


I started painting the Eiffel Tower painting and I am loving the colors! I'm going to let it dry before I start painting the tower itself. That way it'll have a more dry-brush look to it like on the bridge in the cityscape painting. The second picture is a closer up view to show the brush-strokes. I am being really impatient about getting the tower on there. I keep having to remind myself that it'll look better if I wait.

Monday, April 14, 2008

New Eiffel Tower Sketch

This is the new sketch for the Eiffel Tower painting. Over the next couple days I'll have it out where I can see it often so that I can identify the mistakes and adjust the lines until I feel I have it ready to paint. What do you think Matt & Cierra?

Friday, April 4, 2008

(Very) Preliminary Sketch

So this is the pencil sketch of the Eiffel Tower, just to get the placement right. Architecture can be tricky because the perspective and proportions need to be perfect or it just won't look right. One thing I noticed is that my new computer monitor is wide-screened, so it is stretching everything horizontally by about 18%. Looking at the picture Matt and Cierra posted on my monitor it looked great, but when I printed it out it looked wrong to me. It seemed to be too skinny, like someone had skewed it to make it look taller. Basically, I am working off of the way it looks to me on my wide-screen monitor because I think it looks better, like you're actually there under the Eiffel Tower. That will mean, though, that if you have a wide-screen monitor the picture might look too wide. So the first picture is for you if you have a normal screen and the second one is for a widescreen. What do you think, Cierra? Would you like it to be taller and skinnier? If so would a 24x36 be too large?

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Eiffel Tower for Matt & Cierra

I'm going to be doing a painting for Matt and Cierra of the Eiffel Tower in the style of this green cityscape painting. The plan is to do the background some shade of green, and I think it would look good to have the green be a fade rather than a flat color, almost like in a photo but more stylized, of course. Cierra, I think a 22"x28" or a 24"x30" would be a good size,

but then again I haven't been in the room you're putting it in, so what do you think?