Sunday, March 13, 2011

Which temple do draw next?

The next temple to draw on my quest to draw all the temples will be the Rexburg temple.  My reason for choosing the Rexburg temple next begins over a year ago.  It was Christmas Eve 2009, at Edwards Theatre in Idaho Falls.  I was eating some popcorn when all of the sudden a chunk of my tooth broke off.  I didn't have any dental insurance so I just ignored it.  As time went on, the pain got worse and worse.  I was finally scheduled to have insurance on March 1st.  All was well until the last week in February.  The pain became so intense that I could not focus on anything, couldn't sleep, and couldn't wait any longer for insurance so my wife scheduled an emergency visit with the dentist.  When the dentist finished giving me a root canal, he was so kind to offer lowering the cost because of my lack of insurance.  I asked him if he would accept a drawing or painting of his choice as a trade for fixing my tooth.  He gladly accepted after seen some examples of my work.  He asked for a drawing of the Rexburg Temple and a landscape oil painting for his dental office to hang in the lobby.  I will be starting the drawing tomorrow, Monday March 14th.  Follow me on my facebook page and watch the progress.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

I am on a quest to draw every LDS temple around the world.  It is a big goal since there are currently over 130 temples world-wide and each temple will probably take me over a month.  Because I grew up in Idaho Falls, I chose to start my quest with the Idaho Falls temple.  I started this drawing in the middle of December and didn't finish until the middle of February.  When I go around selling my drawings, one of the most common questions I am asked is, "how much time did that take you?"  Most drawings take me around 25 hours to accomplish but this drawing took me around 75 hours.  I chose to use a cream colored board to draw on because every drawing I have seen of LDS temples are drawn on white paper and I never thought it was a good idea to draw a white temple on white paper.  I thought it would be more powerful to add white accents by using white charcoal.  Do you agree with my choice in style?  I would like to hear feedback from you.  If you are interested in this drawing, I will have prints available soon.