Create, Learn, Inspire

If I could invite the world into my studio and show them around, they would see sketches, paintings, and personal work that otherwise would have no audience.
This site is the next best thing.
Here I'll show work that has been published as well as the work behind the work.
I encourage you to explore the older posts as well as the newer ones.

Feel free to contact me if you have questions about any of the posts. Enjoy!
spears@charter.net

Friday, December 9, 2011


A few students and some faculty from the university joined Illustrator David Dibble for some early morning Plein Air Painting. It was about 15 degrees with bright sunshine and clear skies.
Here I am with my effort - 9 x 12 inches, oil on Ray Mar canvas board.
David came in From New York to present his work as a color Key artist at Blue Sky Studios. It was a great presentation and a fun morning of painting.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Painted life drawing





I did this 1 hour drawing, last week, at our Tuesday night Open Studio here at the University. It was drawn in charcoal on a sheet of 22 x 30 inch, BFK Rives 140lb paper. Back in my studio, as an experiment, I taped it to a piece of gator board, applied a couple of coats of Matte Medium to seal it , then applied some oil over the drawing. the process was fast (less than 2 hours of painting) and the results were OK. Next time, however, I'll use Shellac as a sealant and for sizing, so the paper won't buckle.
Overall, a good exercise and I'm eager to start going through old drawings to see if any can be given a new life.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Watercolor sketch at Kolob


Watercolor sketch at Kolob. This area has such beautiful rocks.
Watercolor, 14 x 10 inches

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Kolob Canyon Watercolor Studies


Some of the small watercolor sketches I've done of Kolob Canyon and Taylor Creek.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Halloween Sculpt


A new sculpt for the Scary Season.
Happy Halloween!
-Ron

Friday, October 21, 2011

Updated Website!


After a long absence, I finally have a website up and running.
Visit it at ronspears.com

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Plein Air at Kolob Canyon






Friday, I joined some friends and students for a morning of painting at Kolob Canyon in Utah. It was a spectacular day and made better by the fun company. The Fall colors are just coming in.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Life Drawing Last Night

About 20 minutes
About 10 minutes


About an hour.

Drawing Class Demo


Here's a one hour demo I did last Thursday for my drawing class. It was done from life and focused on using the limited colors (30) of the pastel set.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Class Demonstration


For my Digital Illustration Class, I did a quick demo in Photoshop, to explain some of the challenges and opportunities of Editorial Illustration. This piece was done from scratch and on the fly, letting ideas and concepts develop as I moved through the creative process. The illustration is based on a New York Times Restaurant Review of Robertas.
Editorial Illustration allows a great deal of expression and creativity. Here, I wanted to show the context of the place and the irreverent attitude of this top chef.