An old sketch of a train station from a story that I put on ice many moons ago. I’m itching to get these characters back in action when the time is right!
Its Katy Days time! Katy Days is a festival celebrating the railroad heritage of the town of Parsons, Kansas (where I was raised). The town was founded by the MKT railroad (the Katy) and since its founding trains have continued to play a big role in that town. Everybody there knows a railroader. Or 10.
Last year I skipped being a demo painter at Katy Days because I was feeling swamped with work. I was about to skip again this year for the same reason, but I had some time in between projects to whip something up. The paintings that resulted are modeled after the old black and white images of locomotives that I used to love to look at as a kid. There was something about those engines in black and white that really gave them personality. Anyways. These are the ones I came up with in a pinch.
While there I will be selling many other train paintings as well as art featuring regional people and themes. I'm going to be selling them cheap because I need to make some room! So those folks in my beloved PK come out and get some cheap original art! And oh yes, I will be doing a paintings demonstration too.
Here's an image sequence showing the progress of an illustration from b/w sketch to color composition to final art. If you look close you can see that some things were changed along the way, which is why taking these steps can be really useful.
Here's a snapshot of how my brain sometimes works. This is a real series of thoughts I had while walking and talking.
I'm thoroughly engrossed in this project. Its a challenge to pick out sketches to share that aren't too revealing. There are ones I really really want to show, but not yet. So again, another rough sketch with no context.