Friday, September 28, 2012

Sanity, Gone: Part I.0

Title:  Sanity, Gone: Part I.0
Date: September 27, 2012
Medium: Ink, Vine Charcoal, White Chalk
Scale: Page was approximately 3' x 5' or so...

Notes: A fellow Illustrator (Robert Burns) and I, managed to just go completely crazy on a big-ass sheet of paper. After about every fifteen minutes we spun it around and worked on the opposite end. This is pretty much the result of like one-hour worth of insanity. We just had absolutely fun!

IPC Hand Practice

Title:  IPC Hand Practice
Date: September 25, 2012
Medium: Foil

Notes: An practice attempt to make a tin-foil hand that would actually stand on it's own. Success!

Hands, meet Hands

Title:  Hands, meet Hands
Date: September 26 & 27, 2012
Medium: Ink and White Chalk

Notes: The 'non-tan' paper was for part of a thirty minute draw straight through on just hands. Honestly with my interest in hands coupled with the fact that I just enjoy drawing them... time literally FLEW by. Still sooo many pages of hands left to go before I'm decent at them.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Charles "Derpy" Gibson

Title:  Charles "Derpy" Gibson
Date: September 19, 2012
Medium: Ink
Scale: Each page is 9" x 12"

Notes: We've started to look into ink for my Illustration class, and like I said last post, we were introduced to Charles Dana Gibson. So here's my attempt (multiple times) to recreate the 'Gibson Girl'. This was almost laughable on my part... because I just kept going and going, trying to get the damn thing correct. Other than that, we were trying a multitude of mark making techniques. Trying to achieve 'visual grays' by using the ink in different ways.

Face Painting

Title:  Face Painting
Date: September 20, 2012
Medium: Photoshop

Notes: I've REALLY begun to study when it comes to getting value in it's correct place. It's kind of silly how slowly the painting comes now, but how much better it looks in terms of accuracy. I'm just constantly measuring and checking, measuring and checking. It's an exhausting process, but the results are much more appealing for sure!

Clare, From Life

Title:  Clare, From Life
Date: September 17 & 19, 2012
Medium: Ink
Scale: Each 'page' is 9" x 12"

Notes: We did a few life drawings that were timed. Each one was about twenty minutes. The focus was to really get in there with the ink and use measuring and mark making to it's maximum. The top right was to only use one value to really get the form out. This was extremely fun and I want to do many, many more of these.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

We've been doing a ton of drawing and ink stuff that I will show later in my Illustration class.

John actually introduced me to a cool new illustrator, Charles Dana Gibson. I think that this is pretty much the epitome of what I want to do in terms of my ink works. And then learn to translate that into digital painting (perhaps over the line work?).

Anyway, just a one-hour study session. Trying to learn how to really pay attention to what I'm drawing. John, I'm just throwing it out there if you see this... you're blowing my mind teaching me these awesome techniques!

Studying Techniques

Title:  Studying Techniques
Date: September 19, 2012
Medium: Photoshop

Notes: Each of these is using a different technique to get value. I'm trying to learn every way I can and see what really sticks for me. Honestly the Gibson method might be the most interesting, but how does that translate to painting? I mean I guess I could start to put washes on top of what I draw, but I feel like I need some color instead of just straight value. Maybe I could digital paint over these lines? I'm not sure yet really... will definitely need more experimentation and practice before this makes sense. Anyway, the second method is a bit closer to edge / planar analysis. It was meant to find the contours and big mass of color to just get all the things in the right place. And finally, the third one is a subtractive form of painting. I was just blocking in the black shapes and then coming back into it with the lighter tones until it started to get closer to what I was looking for. Hopefully all of these make sense, but regardless... I'll have more of them soon.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Just a few quick lunch doodles...

Hel-Looks Study

Title:  Hel-Looks Study
Date: September 17, 2012
Medium: Photoshop

Notes: As always, I'm studying from Hel-Looks. I'm beginning to wonder if maybe I'm not doing this whole studying thing right. Maybe I need to consult with my teacher and see if he has any pointers. I wonder if maybe I'm just stuck in contour mode. I need to start gathering the forms faster and better and maybe that will help me a bunch.

Title:  John Sketch
Date: September 17, 2012
Medium: Photoshop

Notes: A guy sat down next to me during lunch and I just went into it full-on paint style! Fun quick sketch.

So, as always, my promises to update more often go unfulfilled, but here it is. I just keep trucking on.

School has been grinding my to the bone, so I decided that working was less important for the moment and that I should focus entirely on school. Oh it feels so nice to actually get a decent night's rest. So much homework, so little time.

I've been doing a little bit of searching lately for what really matters art-wise, and I think that it's really important to just do art all the time. There really isn't an easier way around it than that. Other than that, I've discovered these fancy little brush pens that help a ton with my mark making. I would recommend that everyone that struggles with stroke economy to pick up one of these. Of course I would stick with the solid black, but that's just me. Maybe you want to do all your drawings in a crazy purple or something...

Also, if you look on my links on the left, you'll notice that I've added two more. Two people that I go to school with who are pretty damn talented. I would suggest you check out Clare Caldwell and Mary Tuttle.

Anyway... here's the art:

Uncle LAN

Title:  Uncle LAN
Date: September 11, 2012
Medium: Ink
Scale: Original is 11" x 17"

Notes: This is the first project related to my Idea, Process and Criticism class (IPC). It deals with my topic of technological addiction. I wanted to show this as a sort of introduction to my overall topic choice. I hope that it conveys it well. Oh, and it's made on Bristol board that was soaked for about four to six hours in coffee. I wanted the final piece to have this sort of vintage look to it.

Life Drawing I

Title:  Life Drawing I
Date: Variable
Medium: Graphite
Scale: Each 'page' is 9" x 12"

Notes: Getting back into the swing of things with a ton of life drawing... this is just the graphite ones. I have a ton more in the pipe.

Life Drawing II

Title:  Life Drawing II
Date: Variable
Medium: Ink
Scale: Each 'page' is 9" x 12"

Notes: Getting back into the swing of things with a ton of life drawing... this time in ink-o-vision. Just gotta keep on trucking... only a ton of hours to go before I reach the 10k hour mark.

Marko Studies

Title:  Marko Studies
Date: September 13, 2012
Medium: Graphite
Scale: Original is 9" x 12"

Notes: Marko Djurdjevic you crafty devil. I'll get around to getting how you do your incredible stuff someday... But until then I'll just keep studying yours and drooling at your amazing skills.

Losing My Mind

Title:  Losing My Mind
Date: September 11, 2012
Medium: Graphite
Scale: Original is 9" x 12"

Notes: I hope someone can find it...

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Alright, so, I've been away awhile. I decided to all but take the entirety of August off. Just relax and play a ton of video games and watch a ton movies. I sketched here and there in my sketchbook, and digitally, but for the most part, I just played a ton of video games. Sorry about that ... I should have probably updated a little bit here and there.

Well, school started up again and YAY my school isn't closed down and is still accredited. That's always good news. But the unfortunate side effect of being back in school is that now I'm completely bogged down with work. That's both a good and a bad thing. The productive side of me says, "Let's do this!" so that I can get better in every respect, the lazy side says, "Work?! UGH!!!" Luckily I have my teachers this semester here to kick me in the ass to get me jump started.

Speaking of teachers, I just wanted to throw a blurb to him, as his work is really impressive: John Lee

Anyway... more talking soon, for now, art:

ChoW 297 WIPs 2

Title:  ChoW 297 WIPs 2
Date: August 2, 2012
Medium: Photoshop
Scale: Original is 2550px x 4000px

Notes: Just more sketches dealing with the Character of the Week Contest. Of course I didn't really get anything fully done on it, but it was still fun to just get things going with it.

Crash Study

Title:  Crash Study
Date: August 4, 2012
Medium: Photoshop
Scale: Original is 2550px x 1072px

Notes: This movie is actually a really good movie. I especially love some of the long panned shots such as this one.

Edgar Sketch

Title:  Edgar Sketch
Date: August 2, 2012
Medium: Photoshop

Notes: This one is just kind of silly... I was just noodling away with my tablet and thought, "Hmmm Poe would be really fun to draw in just black and white." So I went with it. Kinda stylized, but interesting.

Figure Sketches 1 - 3

Title:  Figure Sketches 1 - 3
Date: August 1 - 31, 2012
Medium: Photoshop

Notes: Just a ton of sketches for studies. Need to do sooo many more of these...

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