Saturday, March 27, 2010
I have been busy at work in March, so have not had much time to post. I recently completed a 4-evening Color Theory oil painting class and did the March WetCanvas Portrait Challenge. This portrait was painted in oils and is from a photo reference.
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Vine charcoal, compressed charcoal, and Conte charcoal pencil on Sennelier Pastel Card. I like shadows and enjoyed the challenge of obscuring the left side of the face and only suggesting details. The support is very attractive, but also very delicate. I damaged the paper as I was working and had trouble adding charcoal on the damaged areas. Lesson learned: Do not erase too much on this support. (Does this mean don't make mistakes?)
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Friday, February 12, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Sunday, February 7, 2010
I am working on an oil painting of Christopher. Here is what I have so far. I am in the modeling stage. The vertical stripes behind his head will be curtains.
By the way, a porn site was leaving comments on my blog, so I switched to moderated comments.
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Monday, February 1, 2010
Friday, January 22, 2010
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Sunday, January 17, 2010
This book chronicles a road trip Gurney and Kinkade took one summer. Along the way, they did a bunch of on-the-spot sketching. This book shares their tricks-of-the-trade and drawings. The book covers the following topics:
- Sketching in public (Logistics, dealing with people, being inconspicuous.)
- Materials (How to keep it simple. Pencils, pens, markers, and wash are favored.)
- Achieving accuracy (Start with pencil. Big forms before detail. Tips on perspective. Pen, marker and wash last.)
- Capturing motion (Best treatment of gesture drawing I have ever seen.)
- Creating mood.
- Using imagination (We are not cameras, folks!)
- Studying nature.
- Sketching people.
- Sketching man-made objects and structures, such as buildings.
- Fitting sketching into your life
This book is inspirational and full of useful advice. I put this book in the same quality category as Bert Dodson's Keys to Drawing and Drawing with Imagination. This book is no longer offered new, but is available used. Used prices range from $45.00 to $315.00. These prices attest to the value of the book.
Here are my initial attempts at doing more comprehensive sketching and at using marker for values. Marker is a whole lot faster than pencil.
Friday, January 15, 2010
The rules are: I need to answer a list of questions in ONE word, and I need to pass the award along to 5 other bloggers. So here we go:
1. Where is your cell phone?…Purse
2. Your hair?… Blonde
3. Your mother?… Passed
4. Your father?… Active
5. Your favorite food?… Starch
6. Your dream last night?… Didn't
7. Your favorite drink?…Merlot
8. Your dream/goal?… Illustration
10. Your hobby?… Art
11. Your fear?…Failure
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years?… Illustrating
13. Where were you last night?… Home
14. Something that you aren’t?… Sophisticated
15. Muffins?… Homemade
16. Wish list item?… Time
17. Where did you grow up?… Vernon
18. Last thing you did?… Baked
19. What are you wearing?… Sweats
20. Your TV?… Small
21. Your Pets?… Adored
22. Friends?… Work
23. Your life?… Busy
24. Your mood?… Content
25. Missing Someone?… Me
26. Vehicle?… Honda
27. Something you're not wearing?… Shoes
28. Your favorite store?… Target
29. Your favorite colour?… Yellow
30. When was the last time you laughed?… Everyday
31. Last time you cried?… September
32. Your best friend?… Husband
33. One place that I go to over and over?… Library
34. Facebook?… No
35. Favorite place to eat?… Macaroni Grill
I'll pass this award along to the following bloggers, who all post frequently and do great work. Check out their blogs!
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Hansel prepares to trick the witch.
I chose to illustrate a scene in Hansel and Gretel. The witch has put Hansel in a cage and is fattening him up. Her eyesight is poor, so every day she she feels Hansel's finger to see if he is fat enough to eat. He tricks her by putting out a bone instead of his finger.
I am teaching myself Photoshop and experimenting with color. This is the drawing I colorized:
My son Christopher posed for this drawing. He loves drama and was happy to pretend he was locked in a cage and needed to trick the witch into thinking he was thin. I took a photo of his pose and used it as reference. Here is the photo:
Monday, January 11, 2010
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
I used a yoga pose to illustrate renewal, since I always feel renewed after yoga. Here is the full pose in a circular format:
And here is the full pose in a slightly different color scheme:
Monday, January 4, 2010
Saturday, January 2, 2010
This piece was inspired by the Illustration Friday prompt Pioneer. I started to think about how the American settlers brought household items from home with them. I then thought about how much stuff I have and what a hassle it is to move. Which led me to think about space pioneers. What will the first settlers to Mars want to bring from home? Will they overpack? Will they bring foolish items? Will they need to discard household items in space?
I made line drawings of household items and scanned them in. I then manipulated and arranged the drawings in Photoshop Elements. I didn't understand layers before this exercise but now I do, so at least I developed a new skill.
Friday, January 1, 2010
It is that time of year again. I love reflecting and making goals for the new year. My goals fall into three categories:
- Production Using my current skills to produce artwork.
- Learning Developing new skills so my future artwork will be better.
- Sketching I see this as a combination of production and learning.
By December 31, 2010, I will have a website that show cases my best illustration work, so I can start seeking illustration assignments in 2011.
- Participate in Illustration Friday every week.
- Participate in the WetCanvas Monthly Portrait Challenge every month.
In addition, I will work through the following self-study books:
- Adobe Photoshop CS4 Classroom in a Book (Complete by 4/30)
- Creative Photoshop CS4: Digital Illustration and Art Techniques (Complete by 9/30)
- Vanishing Point: Perspective for Comics from the Ground Up (Complete by 8/31)
- Color Drawing: Design Drawing Skills for Architects, Landscape Architects, and Interior Designers (Complete by 12/31)
- Watercolor Basics: People (Complete by 4/30)
- Painting People in Watercolor (Complete by 9/30)
- Expressive Portraits: Creative Methods for Painting People (Complete by 12/31)
- The Figure: The Classic Approach to Drawing & Construction (Complete by 12/31)
- Human Anatomy Made Amazingly Simple (Complete by 12/31)
Here are my ideas for filling my sketch books:
- Drawing from life
- Imaginative drawing
- Drawing dreams
- Drawing memories
- Making up stories
- Illustrating journal writing done in the style of Writing Down to the Bones by Natalie Goldberg
- Anatomy studies
- Portrait practice
- Color practice
The photo is our front walk on Christmas morning.