In what has become an annual tradition here at Jason Yoder Art, we will be once again donating an original painting to benefit the charitable organization, the ziMS Foundation, and their fight against Multiple Sclerosis (MS). The ziMS Foundation was created by Washington Nationals star, Ryan Zimmerman, with a goal of "Bringing Home a Cure for MS", as his mother, Cheryl has MS. His parents, Keith & Cheryl both serve on the Board of Directors, and have been nothing short of amazing with both my wife and I, and treat us like family when we are able to attend their events. Their battle is our battle, as my wife's father battled MS for decades. So, obviously, the cause is something very near and dear to our hearts.
Here is a photo of the very early progress thus far:
And, while the donation of my artwork to the ziMS Foundation won't be anything new this year...the format will be. With the popularity of some of my 3D artwork thus far, I offered it as an option for this year's event, and the Zimmerman's were very excited about this new variation.
As you can see in the photo above, the 3D part hasn't really started yet. First, I must finish the background, so I can attach the main image (foreground, if you will). Both pieces are wood, the background piece is 1/2" plywood, while the cut out image of Ryan is on 1/8" pine board. I begin the process by cutting out the plywood background, and then tracing an outline of the image (Ryan in this instance) onto the thinner board. I then cut out the image using a jigsaw, and use some wood carving tools to refine any edges, etc. I also use my Dremel multi-tool to sand down some of the edges. And, after I hand sand both pieces, I make sure to remove all the sawdust and particles, and I apply multiple coats of gesso with a foam roller. Depending on the surface I desire for the painting (smooth vs. texture), I may sand the gesso. In this instance, I did sand the layers for a smooth finish. And, from there, the painting process begins...background first, then the foreground/main image.
Well, I think this will conclude our latest blog post. I will certainly do my best to keep everyone updated on the progress of this year's ziMS Foundation piece! And, all else fails, follow me on all the social media...you'll get all my latest work on there. www.facebook.com/jasonyoderart , www.twitter.com/jasonyoderart , www.instagram.com/jasonyoderart .
Until next time peoples.
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