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Richard Downs
November 2011
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"Woman #193 adjusting her hair" | Monotype |12x15" image 17x20" sheet

"Couple #192" | Monotype |12x15" image 17x20" sheet

These days my fine art career is looking and behaving more like my illustration career. I have been getting more and more private commissions for my personal work. Yesterday, one of my galleries called me saying that a guy came back to the gallery to  purchase 2 works on paper for his wife's birthday but they had sold them last weekend. As I was talking to the gallery the guy is texting me to see if I could help him out with a deadline of 5 days to be shipped and delivered? He mentioned that they love my work, that was all that he had to say, I'm in! So, I made him the 2 pieces "in the spirit of" what he wanted. It is getting really fun thinking of personal work becoming so deadline driven. Here are the 2 pieces that I made for him. (above)
"Woman #191 a different view" | Monotype |12x15" image 17x20" sheet

I made this Monotype the other night after I had finished all of my commercial responsibilities, I needed to let off a bit of artistic steam. In game like fashion, I time everything that I work on, it doesn't matter if it is a painting, printmaking or digital work, everything gets timed, it makes work seem more entertaining for me. I started this piece at 7:46 pm, it took a few turns from the sketch and was finished at 11:17, I like that it didn't follow the sketch. Last week I started a very fun and large oil painting commission of, "Hummingbirds and Insects" and it feels great as an artist to be challenged by the scale of this painting, although my poor little 300 sq ft studio is having a hard time adapting to this large format!  Get with it studio, No turning back!
Sketch for "Woman #191"

My studio last week after I transferred the approved design. Getting a bit tight! If you are wondering, my modern computers are directly behind me. The drone computer seen in the foreground has one purpose, it is connected to a pro flatbed scanner, old school.

Approved design. I designed the piece in a small format and it was amazing after I enlarged it to see the Hummingbird 3' tall, it is so much fun working big.

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"Couple #190" Monotype 12x15" image

Here are some recent pieces that I have made. I continue to enjoy the challenges of creating identity artwork for lynda.com and I continue to be a huge fan of M.C. Escher, his work just speaks technology to me. I heard that M.C. Escher was a mathematical genius almost like a Stephen Hawking guy, he could visualize his compositions in his mind and draw them out effortlessly. No matter how hard I try to be influenced and apply his thinking into my technology work I just cannot do it but this will never stop me from trying as you can see in my work below. Over the last couple of years I have wanted to work big but could never afford the time to work on speculation for more than a couple of hours at a stretch. I lucked out recently by showing the little 8x8" painting below in a group show which landed me a commission for a 6' tall oil painting. This will be the first time in my career that I am able to spend a few weeks undisturbed on a painting without worrying about the electric bill and others piling up, yea. I am really looking forward to starting this painting next week, time to push scale and have a little fun.
 
"Couple #189" Monotype 12x15" image

Approved design for a 6' oil painting. I'll work out the colors as I work on the final art.
Adobe FrameMaker 10 | Lynda.com | DVD cover | top-detail | bottom-wrap around illustration

Revit by Autodesk : Architectural Renderings | Lynda.com | DVD cover | top-detail | bottom-wrap around illustration

SharePoint Designer 2010 : Branding SharePoint Sites | Lynda.com | DVD cover | top-detail | bottom-wrap around illustration

Revit by Autodesk : The Family Editor | Lynda.com | DVD cover | top-detail | bottom-wrap around illustration

CSS Core Concepts : Cascading Style Sheets| Lynda.com | DVD cover | top-detail | bottom-wrap around illustration

QuickBooks 2011 | Lynda.com | DVD cover | top-detail | bottom-wrap around illustration

"The 10 Senses" | 8x8"| acrylic on board

"Man #185, a different view" Monotype 5x7" image

"Woman #186, a different view" Monotype 5x7" image

"Couple #187, a different view" Monotype 5x7" image

"Couple #188" Monotype 12x15" image

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Woman #184 | monotype | 5x7"image

When I was a younger artist I looked with admiration to the few commercial artists with some stylistic range that could handle the serious and the comical in narrative material. Now closing in on 30 years of image making I have become one of those artists and,,, I like it that way. The mental and motor skills involved in solving technology, editorial, gallery work or teaching mixes it up enough for me to make it fun and not the continuous and never ending 9-5 routine. Here are a few recent pieces.
 
"Dust" A novel by Joan Francis Turner for Brown Alumni Magazine

"Microsoft Word Styles" DVD packaging for Lynda.com. Top- detail | bottom- wrap around art

"VBA in Access" DVD packaging for Lynda.com. Top- detail | bottom- wrap around art

"Fox and the Goat" children's fable for 3CD

Man #176 | monotype | 5x7"image

Couple #178 | monotype | 12x15"image

Couple #180 | monotype | 12x15"image

Couple #181 | monotype | 12x15"image

Couple #179 | monotype | 12x15"image

Couple #182 | monotype | 12x15"image

Man #183 | monotype | 5x7"image

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