Shifting Visions for Light Grey Art Lab

It was a privileged to participate in Light Grey Art Lab's Never Odd or Even show this month; exploring duality and paradox. 

My statement:
My piece for the Light Grey Art Lab’s Never Odd or Even show I wanted to explore first impressions. Our initial experience shapes so much of our perspective; whether it be of people, places, foods, etc. There is always a deeper understanding to be found if we take the time to learn and listen. My favorite example of this is the wolverine. Maybe your first experience was seeing a photo of a wolverine and understood that it is basically a large badger, but didn’t know it scales mountains with ease and survives the harshest winters eating bones.Or maybe you heard of its reputation as a fierce fighter and that many don’t hesitate to challenge bears for food, but didn’t realize that it is weighs only about 30 pounds and are very social creatures with both parents raising young. I try to remember that there is always more than meets the eye.

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 Where it all begins...the thumbnail that I like enough to draw it out. I probably thumb between 6 and 24 ideas before settling on the one that feels the best. I believe I went through about a dozen before this guy.

Where it all begins...the thumbnail that I like enough to draw it out. I probably thumb between 6 and 24 ideas before settling on the one that feels the best. I believe I went through about a dozen before this guy.

 The underdrawing is possibly the most important stage - it is the very important guide for my paintbrush and pencils. Beyond the drawing I also keep the original thumbnail and notes of textures and value close by while I work...lots of notes.

The underdrawing is possibly the most important stage - it is the very important guide for my paintbrush and pencils. Beyond the drawing I also keep the original thumbnail and notes of textures and value close by while I work...lots of notes.

 The first pass of powdered charcoal; this is my favorite stage - It feels like sculpting the form out of the paper.

The first pass of powdered charcoal; this is my favorite stage - It feels like sculpting the form out of the paper.

 Mostly finished with the wolverine here - just some details in the fur, face and claws to go.

Mostly finished with the wolverine here - just some details in the fur, face and claws to go.

 This was my first time adding white gouache over a drawing. Needless to say it was nervewracking.

This was my first time adding white gouache over a drawing. Needless to say it was nervewracking.

 A starry mountain of possibilities!

A starry mountain of possibilities!

 And the final piece including color! 

And the final piece including color! 

 Detail of the face.

Detail of the face.