Panel 6: Minos, Judge of the Damned - Day 2 finished

After a weekend of workshops with students I'm back into panel 6!  It was a good day roughing in the contrast, color and punching up the opacity of some of the whites.  I'm ready tomorrow to get into the details for the figures.  I can't wait!  

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Panel 6 Minos, Judge of the Damned - Day 1

I apologize for not posting this sooner.  A few days ago I finished the initial grisaille for Canto 5, Minos, Judge of the Damned for the series.  It was only a few hours of work but you can see my initial idea for the composition.  It will have five figures including, Minos, Virgil and Dante and a demon with one of the figures that is being judged.  In the background I will be adding some of the crowd of souls being led down to where Minos is in the foreground.  

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 Panel 6 next to the finished Panel 4: Charon in my studio - May 19, 2018

Panel 6 next to the finished Panel 4: Charon in my studio - May 19, 2018

Panel 6 Composition Ready to Paint

Sorry it has been several weeks since I've worked on the series.  I had a major commission I needed to finish and install in a church.  I've been back and forth with Dr. Kleinhenz over the last two days and I now have a composition ready for Panel 6: Minos, Judge of the Damned. I can't wait to start.  The panel will have 5 figures including Dante, Virgil and Minos as well as many other smaller figures in the background.  I'm really excited about this composition and I can't wait to start. 

Getting Ready for Panel 6: Minos, Judge of the Damned

Worked with the model for King Minos today for panel 6 of my Dante's Inferno series - Canto 5: Minos, Judge of the Damned. I'm really happy with some of the sketches I'm working up for the composition. The composition I am working up will have about six figures and I think it will have all the intimidation and the drama I was hoping to bring to this panel.  I can't wait to get started!

Eric's Dante's Inferno Series Featured in Lecture by Dr. Micah Christensen

I wasn't aware of this lecture until today.  I came to find out that my Dante's Inferno series was featured in a discussion during a lecture in November 2017.  Click the youtube video above to listen.  My work is discussed around 1:02:00 and talked about for a few minutes.  It is an honor to be recognized in the context of this discussion.

 

This is the first in a new lecture series by Dr. Micah Christensen (PhD, History of Art, University College London) meant to arm artists and art collectors with a greater understanding of how to approach art. (Go to artisticarsenals.com for additional episodes in the series and an accompanying reading list.) Each lecture is a series of slides with the lecture and comments from the audience recorded in real time. In this lecture, Dr. Christensen met gathered with a group of artist from the Beaux-Arts Academy to talk about how to read and understand paintings that often seem out of reach due to historical, cultural, or aesthetic distance. They include works by Rubens, Holbein, Titian, Rothko, Malevich, and Ai Weiwei. In this lecture, Dr. Christensen gathered with a group of artist from the Beaux-Arts Academy to talk about how to read and understand paintings that often seem out of reach due to historical, cultural, or aesthetic distance. They include works by Rubens, Holbein, Titian, Rothko, Malevich, and Ai Weiwei.

Detail Photo of Panel 4 - "Charon"

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Here is a detail photo of panel 4, "Charon."  I hope everyone enjoys the way this one turned out.  It's exciting to see the first five panels in this series together.  I can't wait to post a photo of it next week.  I have also just had a consultation with Dr. Kleinhenz about panel 6 and I have a rough idea of the composition.  Monday I'll be working with the model for King Minos!  Stay tuned...

Panel 4 "Charon" FINISHED!

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I've just completed the fifth panel in my 40 painting series!  As you may remember this panel is actually from Canto 3 and will be the fourth panel in the series.  At the time I was ready to proceed with panel 4 I didn't have a model so I decided to skip this one and move onto panel 5: Dante and Virgil Visit the Great Poets of Antiquity in Limbo.  I don't regret the decision to paint this panel out of sequence because from here on the series will start to descend into hell and the palette for the coming paintings will be much different from the first few.  I hope you enjoy this new painting.  I will be posting detail photos and my customary behind the scenes video for it next week.   For now, I need rest.  I've been pulling a lot of late hours to finish this one by February 1.  I just missed my deadline by a day.  I will be working with the model for Panel 6 on Monday.  The title for Panel 6 will be Minos, Judge of the Damned!

Help me to keep going on this epic project by considering a donation to my Patreon campaign.  Your contribution will help me bring one of the greatest poems in history to life over the next three years.  Thank you for your consideration.

Donate to my Patreon Campaign!

As many of you know, I've embarked on the largest artistic journey of my life in mid 2016 when I decided to paint the most comprehensive series on Dante's Inferno.  At the time, I wondered if people were taking me at my word.  Now, over 18 months later, the public is finally starting to understand the scope of what I've taken on.  However, the most challenging dilemma for me is how do I engage in a project this large without it disrupting my life. Sadly, the answer is that there is no way for it not to.  In the last year, I was forced to take on a lot of commission work in order to keep my family supported while I was also working on this project.  The result?  I was only able to complete less than 5 of my projected total of 12 each year.  If I do not find other ways to support this project, it may not be completed in time for the 700the anniversary in 2021. The importance of having the series on schedule is to make certain I'm ready for the show in Florence, Italy and the venues set up in the states.  This is why I've decided to start a Patreon account. Your monthly support, no matter what level, will enable me to see this project to the end, and grow a larger audience, which will only secure the success of the published book and the notoriety of the series.  Thank you so much for your support.  

Working on the face of Charon

Here is a progression shot of the face of Charon from Saturday night's session.  I am hoping to push a lot more intensity and detail in the face in my next session.  I've been working in tandem on my Baptism of Christ painting at the same time so there has been a lot of back and forth between the two.  I'm really happy how things are progressing though.  

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Update on Panel 4 "Charon"

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My apologies!  It has been a few weeks since I posted anything showing the progress of Panel 4.  That doesn't mean that I wasn't working.  The holidays tend to slow things down a little.  When left with the choice of spending time with my family or doing computer work I will never pick the latter.  Anyhow, here are a few shots of Charon.  I've worked up two layers of paint on the background in some areas.  Last night I began work on the background behind the figure.  I will continue that work tonight.  Fortunately, with fewer characters in this painting, I'm hoping I will be able to push my productivity forward for the year.  With only 4 paintings completed last year, I need to finish 12 of these paintings a year to finish in time for 2021.  I have several grants in the works and I am looking for additional investors to help me stay in the studio working and less time marketing to make up the difference.  

I am hoping the cold weather snap we've had here is coming to an end soon.  We have had single digit temperatures for the last two weeks and with my studio not quite finished it has been a little colder than normal.  I'll post more shots as I work ahead.  Take care.

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Preliminary Charcoal Sketch Art for Canto 3: Charon

 Drawing of Canto 3: Charon, from the Inferno, Divine Comedy

Drawing of Canto 3: Charon, from the Inferno, Divine Comedy

Here is the new preliminary charcoal drawing of Canto 3: Charon which will be Panel 4 in my Dante's Inferno series.  The drawing is available for sale here.  This sketch is but a sample of the dramatic and intense composition I have planned for the fourth panel.  

 Detail photo of Canto 3: Charon, from the Inferno, Divine Comedy

Detail photo of Canto 3: Charon, from the Inferno, Divine Comedy

Finished with Panel 5!

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As of this weekend, I am officially finished with Panel 5, Dante and Virgil Visit the Great Poets of Antiquity in Limbo!  This has been the most challenging piece of the series so far but I'm very happy with the results.  I hope you are too!  I'll be cleaning up some of the detail photos I took as well and I'll be posting them over the next few days.  Thanks for all of your kind remarks.  I'm jumping a little backward to Panel 4 for the next painting "Charon."  Look for me to begin work on this panel in the next few days.  I almost have a composition ready.

Studio Update / New Preliminary Charcoal Drawings Available

Good morning, everyone.  Sorry it has been so long since my last update.  Between getting drawings done for future panels and trying to finish up Panel 5, I've been exhausted lately.  I believe I should have Panel 5 finished after just one more sitting so look for finished shots soon!

For now, here are some of the new preliminary drawings I have available for purchase.  You can purchase them now directly through my site on this page.

Check out some of the video and images I've posted in the last week on Instagram.  Follow me there if you aren't already!  Thanks.

Progress on Panel 5 ( Canto 4 Painting )

 After weeks of working on the new studio and several commissions I've been able to get back to panel 5 to finish it up.  I've been working each night on some of the remaining arms, hands and feet on each of the 6 characters and their clothing.  I am hoping to finish it in the next week at this rate.  This has been a very challenging panel due to all of the characters but all the hard work will be worth it in the end.   Even more exciting is that I'm making preparations to compose panel 4 "Charon" which I skipped over since I did not have the right model yet to pose.  I can say that I'm very happy with the new panel so far and I can't wait to start.  

After weeks of working on the new studio and several commissions I've been able to get back to panel 5 to finish it up.  I've been working each night on some of the remaining arms, hands and feet on each of the 6 characters and their clothing.  I am hoping to finish it in the next week at this rate.  This has been a very challenging panel due to all of the characters but all the hard work will be worth it in the end.  
Even more exciting is that I'm making preparations to compose panel 4 "Charon" which I skipped over since I did not have the right model yet to pose.  I can say that I'm very happy with the new panel so far and I can't wait to start.  

Studio Update - October 13, 2017

To contribute go to:  https://www.gofundme.com/eric-armusik-new-studio-fund

Sorry, it has been a few weeks since I posted progress photos of the studio. As you can see I've been able to frame, insulate, run electric, sand and stain the floors and do some trim work for one half of the space. I've been able to minimize the budget through sanding the floor instead of buying new flooring which saved $400 in the budget. I've received an additional small donation which helped buy most of the drywall. At this time I have the remaining wiring, electrical outlets, drywall, the lighting, and heating to finish in order to work in this space during the winter. With a few more contributions I can get this half of the space completed before it gets too cold. I've determined that since the other side of the space needs a floor, walls, wiring, and heating, I will try to finish this side up first so I have a space to work. I've been able to work in this new space the last few nights and it has been fantastic.

I can't thank you all enough for your continued support. Having a space large enough to work on this series is giving me the ability to dive headfirst into the next 36 panels. Thank you very much. I am grateful for your support.

To contribute go to:  https://www.gofundme.com/eric-armusik-new-studio-fund

Update - New Studio Fund Created

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Since I've taken on the Dante's Inferno project a year ago I've been on a journey that has forced so many unexpected changes in my life.   Not only has this been one of the most productive years in my studio but it has also been the biggest year in terms of doing business.  I've had more collector visits, modeling sessions, business meetings and impromptu visits to my studio than ever before.  My productivity alone has made my small 144 sq. foot studio in my home become so crowded I have very little room to work.  Currently, I can only fit 5 of the 40 panels I will be painting in this series.  Most importantly it has become a necessity for me to separate my business from my home and family and to create a space large enough to not only give me the space to work on my Dante project and my commission work but to have a space large enough to display the work for my collectors. In short, I need a new studio space.  Fortunately, I have a 160-year-old carriage house in the back of my property and the carpentry talents to transform this space on my own.  I've already begun work framing out the interior but I do not have enough funds to complete the project in time for the changing seasons.  I am asking for help to enable me to build a new 600 square foot studio that is adequate for me to work in.  It will require me to frame out a floor and walls, insulate, drywall and put in a heating system to allow me to work in it during the coming winter months.  If you can contribute in any way you will be directly responsible for helping me see my epic Dante's Inferno series through to the end in 2021.  I thank you in advance for your kind generosity.  Click here to support my new studio fund.

 Upper half of the studio as of September 6, 2017

Upper half of the studio as of September 6, 2017

 Studio progress Sept. 6, 2017

Studio progress Sept. 6, 2017

New Drawing Available - "Homer"

I was going to post two of the preliminary drawings for sale this morning but before I had the chance to I sold the one of Beatrice to a private collection!   I do, however, still have a drawing I did of Homer in preparation for Canto 4, Panel 5: Dante and Virgil Visit the Great Poets of Antiquity in Limbo.  

The drawing is charcoal on toned paper, 9 x 12" and for sale for $150.  Email me using the form below to purchase.  

My drawing of Beatrice, sold to a private collection 9 x 12", charcoal on toned paper