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Newsdump, Summer 2015 Posted on 16 Jul 2015


Snow White oil painting by artist Wylie Beckert

Snow White, 11x17" oil, acrylic, and watercolor on paper


As usual, the more blogworthy stuff I have going on, the less time I have for writing blog posts. As such, much of what I've been up to over the past few months has failed to be immortalized. It's okay, though, because I keep seeing headlines like "BLOGGING IS DEAD!" insisting that social media is the wave of the future/present. I do tend to keep things (relatively) current on Facebook and Instagram, in case you like your updates shorter and louder.

In my absence, I've been:

Attending SFAL! It was my second year exhibiting; this time around I shared a booth with fellow artist Sam Guay and got to room with also-fellow-artists Rovina Cai and Matt Lewis. In an insane twist, I also somehow picked up the Rising Star award! I'm now the proud owner of this awesome trophy sculpted by Kristine & Colin Poole. It's even more gorgeous in person!

Spectrum Rising Star award by Kristine and Colin Poole


Appearing on the One Fantastic Week podcast! I got to chat with Pete Mohrbacher and Sam Flegal about my current project, the Wicked Kingdom illustrated playing card series.

One Fantastic Week

Setting up a shop! During my 1FW appearance, Sam and Pete talked me into launching prints for the series as I go, rather than waiting for the final Kickstarter campaign - I'll be putting together a formal shop announcement in coming days, but in the meantime, check out the available prints (and originals!) at www.wickedkingdomdeck.com/wkshop.

Wicked Kingdom framed original paintings by Wylie Beckert

Painting! (Obviously.) I have the good fortune of having a piece in the Mazza Museum's Enchanted Brush exhibition - a covet (accepted collective noun) of awesome fantasy artists creating their own interpretations of popular fairytales. Check out the rundown HERE, and if you're in Ohio, stop by the Mazza Museum to check out the work in person! My contribution to the show was Snow White (final image at the top of the post.)

Snow White oil painting by artist Wylie Beckert

The open theme left me free to try something a little more fine art/a little less illustrative in both process and content than my usual work. While I normally work over a print of my pencil art, this time around I painted directly over the pencil drawing - with some interesting results. You'll definitely be seeing more experiments along these lines in the future...

Snow White oil painting by artist Wylie Beckert

Snow White oil painting by artist Wylie Beckert

I've got a few other projects that I've been wrapping up over the past month (not the least being more work for Wicked Kingdom) - I'll try to get the site updated with some of the highlights as time permits.

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Richard:

Wooooow I love that paper, especially the piece used for this. I'm a huge fan of tone papers and I'm gearing up to do my first big project for school. I'm pretty sure you get this a lot but which paper is that exactly? I know it's Mi teintes. But I can't quite tell which color. My next question is about your pencils. How do you blend them so evenly? Are you using a Chamois or tissue. Thanks in advance ^^. Also sorry this was typed on my phone.

16 Oct 2015 08:57 am



Wylie Beckert:

Thanks Richard! The color I'm using is called Pearl (not Pearl Gray, that's a different one). This is kind of a warm gray tone. I use tissues & chamois interchangeably for blending, along with a kneaded eraser for cleanup and highlighting.

16 Oct 2015 01:07 pm


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