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Hand Drawn Sketches of Ai Wei Wei and Rick Moranis (not together, but that'd be funny)

Here is a sketch I worked on yesterday of Ai Wei Wei.  I'm fascinated by the man.  I'd love to see his work in person some day.

And then there's Rick.  Little Ricky Moranis.  I've been trying to draw men's faces that are a little doughy rather than angular.
Lets hope I find some time over the weekend for a little painting.  Have a great weekend everybody!

Ghost Walkin' process

So the piece titled Ghost Walkin' has been sitting around my house for a long time.  I always knew I wanted to add ghosts to it but the originals looked more like the ghosts in Spirited Away than the sheet ghosts I eventually went with.  My first stab at the project was a failure.  I almost always forget my process and jump into a painting head first then end up messing it up.  So I went straight for acrylics and hated the results.  After expressing my failure to my wife, she suggested that I just start over.  Which I did.
I usually do an underpainting in burnt sienna.  Next, I tried to establish the color of the ghosts before I blended it in with the background.
As you can see I went with a bluish grey tone.  Stark white would have looked too bright as this piece not only had a more subtle palate but it also had some sun damage.  Once I got a handle on the color of the ghosts, now it was time to blend them into the painting.  This is a two step process.  First I added some washes…