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A Family Christmas Card 
Tuesday, December 06, 2011, 10:24 PM - Caricatures
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It's not too often that I get to do a commissioned job that is edgy and macabre. Most people want something very flattering and inoffensive. Especially when it's a Christmas card. But the Nykoluk family is an exception, in many ways. They requested something along the lines of an Addams Family ink drawing for the cover of their Christmas card this year. I was already somewhat acquainted with them going into this, so I knew I could have a little more fun with it. The parents are both artists themselves. One's a graphic designer and the other designs tactical equipment and apparel. And they are very creative in their daily lives--from their original and intricate Halloween costumes to creating tiny themed lunch sculptures for their kids.

And I got a chance to really explore some ink hatching techniques. It's such a difficult and delicate medium that forces you to plan out every single stroke. The angle, length and thickness of the line, as well as its proximity to every other line are what create the illusion of value and form. But when it's done right, it's a very satisfying type of art to look at. The lines also help create a sense of motion that other types of rendering might not have.


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A Magazine Cover for Christmas 
Sunday, December 04, 2011, 09:40 PM - Paintings
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I recently finished an illustration for the Dec. 2011 cover of Pacific San Diego Magazine. This was a job I was really excited to do, because I don't often get asked to create a traditional/non-caricature illustration. They wanted something along the lines of a Norman Rockwell, but with a modern San Diego setting. And with a hot girl, of course. So I started sketching ideas by thinking about Christmas time in San Diego and how our climate and landscape might make for a different kind of yuletide image than we are used to seeing. I also referenced a book I have on Haddon Sundblom's classic Santa/Coca-Cola advertising art to study how Santa is traditionally depicted.



I chose the backdrop of the Hotel del Coronado, because it's one of our few really well-known San Diego icons, and the beach idea seemed appropriate. Once I had the setting and background in mind, I tried to place myself in the moment and figure out how someone might celebrate the holiday season in that environment. So the idea of the sand-snow man came to mind. The Hotel del usually has standard white Christmas lights on it's main cone shaped tower every December, but I thought it also looks a bit like a Christmas tree already, so I took those decorations a step further.

And then I figured if Santa were here, he would do as most tourists do and take advantage of the warm weather and beaches. Oh, and he would definitely surf.



Since I knew this would be a realistic traditionally drawn illustration, I took my own photo reference for almost everything and tried to do things "right", which included, photographing the location, buying/borrowing props and wardrobe, and hiring models. I drew everything out in pencil on a large board, but the painting itself was painted digitally with Photoshop, and a little bit of Art Rage Studio for the impasto paint effects.

I also did a few comic panels in ink and watercolor for the inside pages of the magazine, which you can view entirely online here: Pacific San Diego Magazine - December 2011






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Hey Man. At least I'm housebroken. 
Saturday, November 05, 2011, 11:30 AM - Caricatures
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Just wanted to have some fun with a little oil caricature study of The Dude. 12 x 16"







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Shiny Things 
Monday, October 17, 2011, 08:38 PM - Paintings
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Here's a couple recent small still life studies. I love painting metallic surfaces, both shiny and patinated. And I've been wanting to start painting vintage toys for a while. The problem is, you have to find and collect them first! So here's the first one I found at Comic Con.





And a little vessel I found at a consignment shop.


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New Portrait Commission 
Tuesday, September 13, 2011, 03:00 PM - Portraits
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I just delivered a portrait commission to a family here in San Diego. I took several photos of the mother and son, from which to work. But they ended up sending me one of their own photos, which ended up being a pretty good choice. I liked the lighting coming in from the side, but would have liked it more if there were some lighting on the mom's face too. Sometimes, picking just the right photo to work from can be the most difficult choice.

Overall, I'm very happy with it. This is oil on 18 x 24" Claessen's linen. Click on the image for a larger view.

Or see it on my portrait website: www.crjonesart.com


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