The Blue Pig

Soluble colored pencil on Strathmore Bristol 100 lb paper. 8 x 10

I like drawing pigs. There is nothing else to say for it.  This one is blue.  Actually most of them are blue.  I used a Derwent water-soluble color pencil and a water blender.  The colors that I used were Smalt and Oriental Blue.  I started it about a month ago and left it knowing that sometime soon, my studio which is not air-conditioned is going to get pretty hot at some point.  When that happens, I work on stuff that I can do in another, air-conditioned space. The last couple of days have been pretty bad for excess heat.  The lights in my studio are hot anyhow.  Add very hot weather and humidity and it’s a bad situation.  So, I finished off my little piggy. I hope that at least some pigs look like this.  Realism is such a pain. I will start being a camera when blue pigs fly.


About mmgilbert

I have been drawing and painting all my life. Now part of the “New Symbolist” movement which encompasses both Goth, fantasy and tattoo art as well as the century-old work of Odilon Redon, I focus on archetypal and mythic imagery to evoke emotional themes and to reference darker fantasies. I have an abiding interest in figurative drawing, working on paper and exploring new ways to handle traditional materials. I studied with Edward Millman, a WPA muralist; at Purchase College; and at the Art Students League in New York.
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