Archive for April, 2010

All the Abused – Eyes Pencil Drawing

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

All the Abused - Black Eye Pencil Drawing by Faith Te

All the Abused
by Faith Te

Graphite Pencil Drawing on Arches Paper
Size: 18 x 13 cm (7″ x 5″)

All the Abused is a rock band from southern California. In mid-2009, they commissioned me to do a pencil drawing of a pair of eyes to use as the band’s logo. For reference, I used pictures of lead vocalist and guitarist, Sky Green, wearing her signature black eye.

Their latest CD album, released in January, is entitled “A Never Ending Story”. They sent me a copy so I took a few pictures. Here is one showing the CD along with their logo.

All the Abused CD - A Never Ending Story - With Logo

I like how all the songs in the album convey a message of peace. I am privileged that All the Abused asked me to do the artwork for the logo. Please visit their web site to learn more about All the Abused, to purchase their CD, listen to their songs, or to get in touch: Here are a few more pictures:

All the Abused CD - A Never Ending Story Front   All the Abused CD - A Never Ending Story Back   All the Abused CD with Pencil Drawing Logo   All the Abused CD with Pencil Drawing Logo  

I will be posting another commissioned drawing soon which I did also last year, so please stay tuned for that.


Robin – Oil Painting

Saturday, April 3rd, 2010

Robin - Realistic bird oil painting

by Faith Te

Oil on Hardboard
Size: 25 x 20 cm (10″ x 8″)

Here is a bigger oil painting I completed a few days ago. I painted this robin for James Parker’s painting/drawing challenge titled “For the Birds”. Please visit the Windows to the Words blog to learn more about the challenge.

I used my artistic license quite a bit here. I flipped the original reference photo so that the bird faces right. Also, I replaced his feet in the original with the ones from a WetCanvas photo by Dave Slaughter.

Robin - Bird Painting - Detail

This kind of composition — an animal or a flower with its name by its side — was an idea I’ve wanted to try for a long time. At first, I thought the text would be difficult, but using a small brush and thinned paint made it quite easy to do.

I need to do a few more touch-ups on this painting because in some parts, the color of the background near the robin does not match the rest. But apart from that, I’m really pleased with it. I hope you like the “illustrative” style. I plan to make this a series and make some with flowers as well.

Thank you for looking.