Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Dream Your Dreams, Then Live Them!

Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, magic and power in it.
Begin it now!

(The above picture is a photo shop negative image of a majestic soaring bald eagle 
designed using watercolor pencils, approximately 4x5 on white cold press 
watercolor paper.  Copyright Maleko 2010, original below.)

Sunday, July 18, 2010

What is Faith, the Hope of Things Unseen?

What is faith, the hope of things unseen?

Events happen throughout our lives, hard times come with 
no end in sight.  Loved ones die and there is no response 
from beyond the veil.  The undiscovered beckons silently 
with an eternal hope, but no confirmation of what may come.

Surrounded by angels and the eternal we live our lives unaware.

Silently maintaining faith with an expectation of what may come.

I hold steadfast that something glorious this way comes!

(The above is preliminary drawing for future Christmas designs, I like the horses mane and how it morphs
into the angel hovering just above the horse unaware.  Is this so often how we live our lives? ~Maleko)

Friday, July 16, 2010

The Twisted Path of Art

"The Process" - from idea, to drawing, to color, to completion!

To often we overlook the joy in the journey. This design started with the idea of doing a patriotic piece to represent America and the freedom we celebrate on July 4th of every year. Trying to capture a feeling of freedom, I chose an eagle to represent that freedom of flight, unbound by limitations.

Set against the American flag, this represents the freedom we enjoy. The drawing stage is often clumsy and ideas emerge on scraps of paper (see the taped together pieces).

The color came next to capture the essence. I chose to recreate the eagle and flag with a certain realism in regard to color choice, to portray a vivid brilliance to the colors to show power and force.

The beginning idea of of media is an ink wash technique where the original drawing is done using ink lines. The color is then added with either crayons, pastels or colored pencils, often a combination of them all.

The design is the sprayed with water using a spray bottle and I turn the paper letting the water and ink run in a certain direction to portray movement.

If all elements come together hopefully the finished product is comparable to the image
first conceived in my minds eye.

A glimpse into one of my processes it takes to create a piece of art. -Maleko

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Flames Fall on Majesty in Blue

"Flames Fall on Majesty in Blue"

A majestic stallion rearing upon hind legs shows the power and grace of this beautiful animal.  A streaming gray-black mane and tail flow in the wind outlining the magnificent form of the horse.

Pastel drawing on white paper, 14"x11"