Thursday, February 16, 2012

Studio Time

by Donato

After those amazing posts these past fews days from my fellow Muddy Buddies, I am not even going to attempt to stand in their shadows with a lame attempt at advice.  Rather, here are a few shots of what's keeping me in my dirty painter's pants these weeks, and reiterate what I always say...back to work!

The Shipwreck (seen above) is on the drafting table now, and will likely be there for quite a few weeks more... overall size is 40" x 72", Oil on canvas.  The astronaut in progress is for a showing at the Richard J. Demato Gallery in Sag Harbor, NY later this year.

Promethean Seed, 36" x 48", Oil on Panel (in progress)

Lastly, some more Middle-earth drawings (which I always love to tackle!). Ents Roused and Zirak-zigil with Gandalf and the Balrog were for my Limited Edition Book.


  1. I really like all the hands in the astronaut painting, nice diversity of skin tones and expressive poses. Your sketches are always wonderful to look at and inspiring. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Brilliant post - no need to be bashful. I love to see initial stage, snap shots of what you're working on and the thing here is the sense of scale your first image communicates - so important for us visitors to understand: the sacle you work at. Thank you.

  3. Beautiful lines. What are you drawing with in the sketches? Carb Othello pencils?

  4. Hi Donato. Looks daunting, that little brush against that giant canvas. Looking forward as always to the finished art. Best wishes, Patrick
    ps. the Joan of Arc DVD was outstanding, thanks for making it. The Passion!

  5. Love the sketch of the Ents. It looks suitable angry and violent! The others are great as well. Find it rather amazing how none of them seem influenced by the movies. Good work!

    The big canvas ... things like terror, fear & overwhelmed come to mind. Then again, once all questions on composition, lighting & colors have been answered, the actual paint is usually work, but fun work. Therapeutic in a way. Looking forward to it!

  6. It's nice to see how a sketch and polished final piece both have their illustrative advantages. Finals are usually slick and fully immersive, but final art often has nothing on the liveliness and energy — that frenetic search and discovery process — of a sketch. Your samples here remind me of the difference between Leonardo's sketch studies and his finals. It's nice to see when some artists somehow marry the two ideals — a final piece that retains that energy. Thanks for sharing your work and process Donato.

  7. Could someone tell me what paper the drawings are done on please.

    Thanks in advance.


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