Well, IlluXCon is next week, so all my mind is now turned to prep for that. Well, most of it--there's still the day-to-day. Show prep has just shoehorned itself into the mix and taken over most of the mental space.
Preparing for a show means going through all the paintings and drawings I have around. I don't have so much room as to be able to organize them terribly well. Every time I do a show, I manage to put things away with just a little less organization than last time, so I can get quickly back to work. This also means I have to go through it all the next time to make sure I don't miss anything.
Doing so yielded up this little piece, however, which I thought would be a nice brief post for me this week:
This little guy was painted awhile ago, as you can see, and was done as part of an illustration for the Android game, "Chains of Durandal," which I showed some art from last year. The "bee" (kind of a fantasy monster bee) was cut out and used with other elements into a digital final that is quite different. But I needed that painted bee anyway, so just painted him as his own small painting which could exist on its own. So here it is.
You'll notice it was painted on illustration board, which I haven't used or stocked in years. In this case, I primed over an old painting which I didn't really want around anymore, then painted this on top. I do that from time to time. Every artist has pieces they just don't want around anymore. Most just destroy them. I've done that to a few. Recently, when possible, I'll recycle them. This is harder to do for oils, but for my old acrylic paintings it works just fine. In this case it was an old Vampire CCG painting, although I've done this to a couple of Magic pieces over the years, too. So, with such pieces you essentially get two for the price of one.