Monday, September 21, 2009

Edgar Allan Poe - watercolor

I painted this on Tuesday and Wednesday of last week. Typical quick turnaround like most jobs I do for The Weekly Standard, but this one was different because it was painted traditionally. It would have been nice to have more time, but for the time given as well as my frame of mind last week, I feel quite good about the final product. I'm also very happy that I was asked to do a watercolor, as watercolor is one of my favorite mediums and I hope to do much more work like this in the future. For me, painting with watercolors is more intimate than other mediums, I feel my emotions of last week were captured in the painting.

My watercolor technique takes a long time, I build and build thin layer upon thin layer, I let the watercolor do what it's supposed to do. Let it drip, let it bleed, let it wander.

I love the texture and the transparency of the medium. There's some nice bits in there.

Here's my lousy sketch.

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Blogger Brad said...

it is a gorgeous watercolor! wow the close up pics are great to see the details.

what hardness of pencil do you like when your sketching?

12:48 PM  
Blogger Aaron Wilkin said...

Really nice job on this one! Watercolor definitely helps to create a dark, grungy, organic look/mood.

12:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is great Jason!

12:59 PM  
Anonymous Daniel said...

Do you do the same with acrylics as far as building up with multiple thin layers?

1:14 PM  
Blogger Neil Davies said...

Beautiful painting Jason :)

1:46 PM  
Blogger J. Anthony Kosar said...

Dude!!! I LOVE this one, probably one of my FAVORITES!! Plus its Edgar Allen Poe... doesn't get much better than that!! Great Job!

1:53 PM  
Blogger ARI said...

Perfect and Beautiful too

1:59 PM  
Blogger Brian Vasilik said...

Nice to see your traditional work done for the cover.

2:47 PM  
Blogger carl said...

absolutely beautiful. your work never ceases to inspire. hope you're feeling better.

-carl - my sketchblog

3:14 PM  
Blogger cabap said...

amazing job Jason,

3:25 PM  
Blogger Tim Bye said...

Tremendous piece Jason! I notice you said the sketch was digital - how did you transfer this to the watercolour paper?

3:28 PM  
Blogger Arto Isotalo said...

Wow, awesome!

3:45 PM  
Blogger David Colman said...

awesome piece bro...and sorry to hear about your friend, my thoughts and prayers are with you and his family


6:55 PM  
Blogger Abz said...

wow..this is such a powerful image! the lighting, the colours, the textures! Wow!! Good for you man, keep it up!

7:44 PM  
Blogger Robin said...

Really fantastic job. very dark, very Poe. nice work as always.
What board did you do this on? It looks like maybe cold press?

7:53 PM  
Blogger Nelson said...

Great job!
It's a wonderful reference since I'm beginning to work with that medium!

10:01 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

I've been watching your work for years now. This is by far my favorite of your paintings. Makes me want to try watercolor for sure.

11:04 PM  
Anonymous theb said...

This is great ! I really like your traditional art.

3:43 AM  
Blogger Barry O'Donoghue said...

Great one Jason.

4:30 AM  
Blogger Restrepo said...

Excellent portrait! Cool! This one, like all your work is truly inspiring.

7:20 AM  
Blogger peter said...

Great work, Jason. Are you familiar with the watercolors of Thomas Aquinas Daly? I think you would enjoy seeing what he does with the medium; the layering and textures. I sure hope you end up more on the fine art side of things: you are one talented guy. The Frank McCourt portrait was phenomenal.

9:18 AM  
Blogger Nico Di Mattia said...

Amazing piece Jason.

9:58 AM  
Blogger EDEN said...

Eexcellent work.
Congratulations !!

11:23 AM  
Blogger Charles DA COSTA said...

Beautiful painting Jason
fantastic piece
congratulations !!!

2:47 PM  
Blogger Damion009 said...

DUDE! Edgar A. Poe is my favorite poet... i was going to draw a raven and post it but you drew him! DAM IT ALL! your drawing of him is outstanding... but now i cannot post my Poe. (maybe later 0__0) Mr. Seiler, you are amazing man! cheers

7:06 PM  
Blogger W. K. Moore said...

Nailed it Jason. Poe - done appropriately in blacks and grays. Also could pass as an oil painting - nice.

10:30 AM  
Blogger ian said...

a very beautiful piece. I like to see these traditional pieces that you post. I wonder if the original will be offered for sale?

6:56 AM  
Blogger Tom said...

Wow, I love this painting and the process pieces as well. Great work!!

5:26 PM  
Blogger Ken Knafou said...

I always appreciate seeing your traditional media work. I have been getting more into watercolor for the past year or two cuz it really keeps you from getting too precise. This looks great and I hope to see more. Perhaps next time you go out to paint you bring watercolors.

11:08 AM  
Blogger Decur said...


That pretty that continues being to happen for here.... I surprise you always.


10:13 PM  
Blogger Jeffrey W. Meyer said...

Dude! So nice... Do you have prints of this?

12:02 PM  
Blogger Purple Cat said...

Nalair gave me your link. I love your work. Great post!
XX Purple Cat (

8:30 AM  

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