Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
And a Merry Christmas to all!
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Finally an oil painting. This is from some reference taken at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It is the life of a dedicated artist sitting on the hard chairs trying to block out the loud tourists and get a competent depiction of the sculptures.
The colors shifts were really subtle and a little tricky mainly because I was trying to push the loose brush work on this one. It also makes it looks kind of rough as a digital image. Seems to work okay as a piece of art though.
Another problem I keep running into is how to get a good idea of the real colors when the paint dries and turns from the wet vivid colors to the low contrast mat variety. Some colors are more mat then others(black) and I haven't figured out how to avoid that problem.
I'll have to keep thinking on it. I usually paint a piece then it will sit propped against a wall for a few months in my peripheral vision so I can decide if it'll work out. Often it is useful to have it sitting on it's side or even upside down to get a feel for how the shapes and colors work.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Chacoal on paper 18"x24"
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
Fridays figure drawing which I am pleased with. I feel like my sketchbook drawings are my artistic strong point and I have been trying to get my figure drawings to catch up with them. This one is close. I like how it is tight and accurate around the face and eyes focusing the center of attention then letting the details go as you move out from there. And its accurate but also expressive.
And here is Sam's version.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
*Update- it may not come across clearly but the hand in the black area is some hapless victim obscured by his shadow.
Yet another illustration. The Avalanche blog topic is Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. I had this good idea for a composition but I get so bored trying to do full backgrounds so this is as close as I'll probably get. I hope it's not too dark it looks okay on one screen and dark on another.
Monday, November 17, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
I really nailed it on the fairy dust, I don't know why but it may have something to do with my week in Disney World.
Thursday, November 06, 2008
A very messy figure drawing from night school. It's been okay and I enjoy the practice but I am ready to move on.
One tip If you are working with pastel or charcoal do your rubbing with the back of your hand and a paper towel. Rubbing with your fingers should be very limited because the oils seal the area making it nearly impossible to erase anywhere near the original paper color.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
You may have seen this one if you have been around for a while, but it never got posted. This was painted in 2005 and I really still like it a lot. It is one of those paintings that maybe you get lucky with but it is better then what you are capable of at the time. Though it is a little too tight it has some really nice edges that keep it feeling like an oil painting.
New great artist link; If your not already aware of Lucong he is a fantastic painter with a interesting subdued mood to his work. I like the portraiture that he is able to make accessible. It's not easy to paint a portrait that is appealing to everyone beyond just the subjects family.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
More importantly, I have no clue how his teaching method is supposed to help. No wonder there are so many untrained artists with teaching methods like this making things more confusing. One thing, I am not high on is overboard study of muscles, this guy is clearly proud of himself because he knows the name of every muscle in the body. I don't really think it is that important. I have a good basic knowledge of the bones and muscles and most of that is thanks to drawing them. I took an anatomy class once which I thought would help, it didn't, instead it was the lowest grade I received in college and a lot of stress. I think I have learned much more through observation of models. I am interested in being able to draw what I see not necessarily what the reason for these shapes are. My philosophy is learn to draw the shapes and masses and you can draw anything regardless of it's interior makeup. When I taught we only had a couple of models, students would ask for others but in my opinion you are learning to draw what you see if you can't draw one model that you are looking at you wont be able to draw a different one(though it may be more interesting for the artist). I am not trying to say it has no place for the study of anatomy but I think people like this get carried away, he can name them but can he draw them?
Anyway, it is not fun but we'll see if the misery and practice helps my art in the end. You'll probably be seeing more figure drawings because I do a lot.
Monday, October 06, 2008
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
I was looking at some more fantastic drawings of Nicholi Fechin. This is based off one of them, I was trying to copy his long beautiful flowing lines.
Sometimes when I draw, I enjoy ignoring the overall perportions, not really characature just being loose with the shapes. But, this is the lazy way to draw. You need to be careful with it because it's easy to stop measuring and let it become a bad habit.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
This figure drawing is a couple years old but I have always really liked it. It is quick and loose but the model really had that slouch that I think is conveyed naturally.
No one ever does figure drawings in these kind of stale, realistic poses. But I like them.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
Again my wife gets to be the model, stay tuned.
Monday, September 08, 2008
Thursday, September 04, 2008
Monday, September 01, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
I think this will be my inaugural insect post. A sketchbook drawing pencil on paper maybe 4".
While visiting Prague and the Alphonse Mucha museum, I saw a breathtaking pencil drawing he had done of berries and leaves. It was so simple but so well done and meticulously detailed. I tried to follow that lead with this bug but my lines are nowhere near as perfect as Mucha's.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Thursday, August 07, 2008
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Visit her blog, she is an extremely talented artist but isn't sure she wants to pursue it. At only 17 she's great and will only get better, I like the cupid drawing. I am sure she would love to hear your comments.
I tried to think of some symbol for the scarf thing but couldn't think of anything, what would represent the state? Any other ideas?
Monday, July 28, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
I posted this painting mostly finished a little while back. Well, I've finished it Heres a decent upclose look at the face, thought I've never really had a good digital image thate show the brush strokes very well. At least you can see some of the strong reds that were pushed in the face and I like the ear.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Monday, July 07, 2008
I would love to spend more time on figure drawings, it's like a great constant challenge. The paradox is that the better you get at it, the better your eye for detail will get thus revealing more problems. Just like chasing a carrot on a stick.
Thursday, July 03, 2008
To celebrate Independence day, here is a portrait of our greatest(and most attractive) president.
This was done for the "Meet the Robinsons" video game. It had a nice half second cameo. One difficulty was the long horizontal format that I needed to fit the tall vertical Lincoln into, I ended up shrinking the hat.