Hi friends! I hope this finds you all well. Today I have a new canvas to share with you. I'm very excited about this piece because it's a first for me. Recently I was asked to do a custom piece featuring men and you all know I've only painted women right. This piece is very important to me because it's for a family member so I wanted to get some practice in before starting their canvas. I set out searching for images of men that inspired me and I found some great Dia De Los Muertos and mariachi photos to help me get started. So here is my very first canvas featuring a man:
Meet "El Mariachi", this is a 30x24" canvas and it is for sale so if you're interest message me on FB or shoot me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
I started out by stretching my sketching muscles in my art journal.
Then I moved onto building the background. I used all types of acrylic paints and Crafter's Workshop stencils with Dylusions spray inks to create layers.
Once I was happy with the background I transferred my sketch to the canvas. I used a projector for this part but I think I would have better off just sketching it again. It was kinda hard to see my projected image and I ended up having to make lots of corrections to my sketch. So I think it might have just been easier to sketch it on.
With the sketch down, I slowly began painting my mariachi.
Here's a side by side progression of my mariachi. It's fun see the photos next to each other. You can really see what it took to get to the finished piece.
Can I tell, I love the way he turned out! I think he's very handsome and mysterious all at the same time.
Here's a closer look at the detail on his sombrero.
I'd love to hear your thoughts on this guys so don't shy. Good or bad, either way I wanna know what you think so please share.
If you're interested in a print, I'll be adding them to Etsy very soon so keep an eye out for that.
Thank you for stopping by and have a beautiful day, Viva El Mariachi!!
Prints now available on Etsy!