Monday, February 1, 2010

Cold Dawn - color study for illustration art

5 X 7 Oil on canvas panel $100
SOLD to a collector in Illinois
This is my next book cover commission in it's infant planning stage. I will show you the first one completed when I have been notified that the author's website has been finished. I have read one of the chapters in the book, and I am looking forward to reading the entire story, even though I know the ending. So keep checking here if YOU are interested, too.
Dan's next book is again historical fiction that occurs in the first half of the 19th century in Texas. One of the characters will be depicted on the cover, and this is the first of several color studies/compositions I will compose.
The scene will show a teen-aged red-headed boy on an paint Indian pony in the snow, wrapped in a buffalo hide. I don't want to give away the story - you'll have to read it to find out the why's and wherefor's.
Dan and I have discussed this set up at length, and he suggested that I have the individual facing the viewer, but just for fun I painted it this way - with my first goal to get the feeling of cold. I haven't painted snow very often, so I will play around with several palettes, getting it right before I start to paint in earnest. Also, I am going to set up a photo shoot with a teenager in a buffalo robe on a paint horse so I will hopefully have an image to work from! I have located the buffalo robe and have a choice of paint horses (with Tuffy being one of them). I'll probably have to imagine the snowy background (this one is way too boring and predictable) or perhaps search through my own archives. Lord knows Texas has been cold enough lately!
Ecclesiastes 3:6
a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away.
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Rick Nilson said...

looks cold..

Pat Burns said...

This really does convey COLD... makes me shiver just to look at it!