My old Blogger site is now gone. Unfortunately, Blogger just doesn’t have the resources to make it work in this current era of webbery; I was using Blogger after my site was hacked and taken down by my web hosting company and Blogger at least is very secure from hacking.
So here it is: WordPress again, with all its functionality. Which brings me to this: To celebrate the rebirth and to learn how to use the software required, I’m holding an auction of a small still life study. ‘A Jar of Sunshine’. Oils on canvas panel 5″x 7″. I’ve set the reserve very low; at €55 to help get it started. The auction ends in 10 days.
A demonstration from this morning’s art class of Alla Prima Landscape Painting from a Photo. The object is to try to have the painting look like it was done from life. So don’t get drawn into slavishly copying the photographic reference. Palette: Titanium white, Cadmium yellow pale hue, permanent rose, cobalt blue, ivory black and burnt umber for the background wash and drawing and notan. I used this demo to introduce the concept of a ‘Notan’. See the definition below from Wikipedia. I think it’s a useful technique to use, especially in en plein air painting.
As many of you will know, apart from creating wonderful illustrations for clients around the world, I teach painting to my students at my studio in Terenure, Dublin. Here’s this morning’s class demonstration.
I bought a bunch of these colourful little flowers locally. Today’s demonstration is more about painting glass objects but the blooms make for a pleasing addition to these compositions. Oils on canvas panel. 5″ x 7″.
180817 Swallows. Indian Ink and Affinity Designer. Giclée archival signed, numbered and titled limited edition print of 125 on Hahnemuhle German Etching paper (printed by The Copperhouse, Dublin). Contact me at kevin @ mcsherry.ie Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram and Facebook.
‘Crois Chéasta Chill Rialaig 1’ Carved early Irish Christian stone. Print by Kevin McSherry
There are two standing stones with crucifixes carved into them at the ancient Cill Rialaig monastic site on Bolus Head, County Kerry. These are very early monuments in Irish Christianity -perhaps from around 500 AD. They both face west but the crosses are described differently. I’ll make an artwork inspired by the other one as I go on. I was lucky to have my eldest daughter, Mathilde with me. She’s studying ancient and medieval art and culture in Trinity, so I got an informed opinion on the subject into the bargain.
We scouted around the chaos of tumbled and weathered stones for a while, indulging ourselves with fantasies of how the settlement must have looked in its heyday; but the rain fell down on us and we started to lose the light. I discovered my hiking boots weren’t as watertight as they should be, but I endured for the sake of Culture!
Print: Hand inked and coloured in Affinity Designer. It will be a limited edition of 125 on Hahnemuhle German Etching paper by The Copperhouse . Signed, numbered and titled, ‘Crois Chéasta Chill Rialaig 1’ (that’s a working title until I can verify the Irish.) 8″ x 10″
This book will introduce you to likely business scenarios and help you deal with clients.
An eBook designed to help illustrators who are just leaving college or in the initial stages of their careers with the business side of their activities. Edition 2. Kind of a ‘How to be an Illustrator’ but concentrating only on some of the sales side of things. It’s aimed at students and those who have just started out on their illustration careers. There’s practical advice and helpful anecdotes from my own experience. Written and illustrated throughout by little ol’ me.
It’s in PDF, you set the price. This is a departure for me, so I hope you’ll all go along with it. If it doesn’t help you or you think it’s crap; don’t pay for it. If it helps you at all, it will already have earned it’s keep and all I ask is a small sum of money in return. The amount entirely up to you. There are Honesty Buttons and linkswithin the book itself so you can take a good look before you buy. Payment is so easy it’s incredible.
I hope you enjoy it and you earn millions from your artworks. Don’t forget to get in touch with any edits or suggestions.
I was invited to submit works based around the theme ‘The City’ to le Louvre open submissions show in Paris. Acrylics on canvas. 12″ x 26″.
Limited edition (50), numbered and hand-signed museum-quality archival giclée prints with an edition certificate (HahnemuhleGerman Etching fine art paper) available directly from me: KevinMcSherryArtist@gmail.com
The City. Acrylics on canvas painting for le Louvre open submissions show.
A Brunaille: technique of making a warm, monochrome underpainting
If you want to try out this technique of making a warm, monochrome underpainting at next week’s class, you will need the following tubes of ACRYLIC paint:
Flesh Tint (Winsor & Newton) or Warm Bright Yellow (Sennelier)
This technique provides you with a great big safety net for you when you get to the point of adding colour by glazing -and the results can be beautifully rich and lustrous. I often use this method in my hand painted illustrations as I can get the whole work planned out in monochrome before committing to colour. In the image above, I didn’t even glaze colour and left the brunaille as it was -I thought colour would detract from this one. If you’d like me to hold a demonstration in your area, why not drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org?
Brunaille: Underpainting in warm monochrome.
Grisaille: Underpainting in cool monochrome.
Lately I’ve been looking though past blog posts to see how things were once. I haven’t ever done much for the children’s book market but I did try to promote myself in that area. This is a self-promotional piece in acrylics from 2006. I enjoyed the painting and also making up the little rhyme to go with it. I don’t think I’d do it this way now and would be far more likely to work digitally:
Once for the Childer. From 2006
My good rep in Toronto Three In A Box., produces a themed promotional book every year aimed at certain segments of the market. These books are branded as ‘Box Lunches’ and the current one is the fourth. Anyhuff, the theme this time is ‘Childhood’ and the attached pic is my contribution. I never saw myself as a children’s book illustrator so when I told Denis Goodbody of Adept Advertising he expressed surprise. He’s right, of course. Certainly what I do engages with the child inside of the reader -even at the level of the business/financial work that I do. Furthermore, my own lovely wife consistently points out my childish behaviour. Consider that we all grew up in our pre-school years with picture-books being our chief means of getting the sense out of print. We all have these absurd self-images and it’s about time we burst them. Perhaps we can meet up and burst each other’s absurd self-images. Say, next Wednesday? Good. see you then.
I enjoyed this project immensely. Obviously, you can’t have too many robots.
Kevin the Magnificent, King of all the ‘bots, He has multitude of them (that means lots and lots)
They spring out of his picture-books, And from amongst the toys, To do their monarch’s bidding, (That means lots of noise).
Who knows; it may go on to form part of a book itself…hmmm…