Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Hand Painted Caricatures on Wine Glasses and Beer Mugs

The process

The design phase

I have templates in my computer for the glasses that I currently use for painting caricature cartoons on. I pull up the appropriate template and design my cartoon in Autodesk Sketchbook on my Cintiq Companion.

After I am happy with the design and/or the client has approved, I then start the process of cleaning the wine glass off with soap and water, then dry it and clean it again with rubbing alcohol.

Once the glass is clean, I measure out the area I want the drawing to be placed on and check to ensure the template that I have printed out is to the proper size.

I then, as a guide, place the template inside the wine glass. I use a cloth to push the paper up against the curvature of the glass.

The next step is, using the template as a guide and using the appropriate paints for multi surface, block in the colours required for the painting.

I find that multiple coats are required to make the colours opaque and smooth. Some colours go on easier than others but I find if I add a tiny bit of white to each colour, it makes it easier to apply. I can always add the full colour in after.

Once I am happy with the blocking in, I use my magnifying light and start to add the details.

After all the details are done, I go over the painting and scrape off any excess paint with an exacto knife. I also inspect the painting for any required touch ups.

The next step is to pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees F and put the cup in for 30 minutes. After the time is done allow the glass to cool off in the oven before handling. This step cures the painting and allows glass to be washed without losing the artwork.

That's it. Here is the finished painted wineglass with the happy client... in this case my Mom lol.

Here are some other examples of wine and beer glasses.

Contact me by my email with any inquiries for this or any other service that I offer. You can also check out my website for other products and services I offer.

Happy drinking

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Vancouver Fire Dept Commissioned Retirement Drawings

I've been commissioned to draw a number of retirement drawings for the Vancouver Fire department. These are fun drawings that they use for posters announcing the retirement parties but also they order the drawings and present the drawings to the fireman retiring. They either get me to print it out or frame them.

The employees come up with the best details for the drawings. I've never been one to shy away from too much details in drawings and I always try to incorporate as many details as possible because I feel that this really connects the person with the drawing I have done for them.

Here are some examples of the VFD drawings. If you are interested in commissioning me to draw for you, please do not hesitate to contact me from my website CARICATOONS and I'll be more than happy to discuss your needs.