Thursday, May 31, 2012

Recent 1-Session Painting

I did this painting yesterday at the uninstructed model workshop, which was probably around 3.5 or 4 hours. Every session lays out all my flaws and weak areas! This is both humbling and extremely helpful because it spurs me on to paint more and think about what I need to improve for next week.
Yesterday's lesson learned involves color and fluorescent lights. The model was standing under a normal light bulb, but the light on my easel was from the overhead fluorescents. My color seemed fine the whole time I was painting, but I took one look at it outside in daylight and lo and behold, it was WAY too orange-y yellow. So in the interest of not making figure paintings whose flesh resembles the Simpsons, I'm going to keep in the mind the influence of the light temperature on the final painting's color.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Mother's Day Cards

Here are some cards I made for Mother's Day presents, on the theme of May Day flowers! I've been working a lot with blue Colerase pencil lately, so it was fun to go a little crazy and throw all kinds of wild colors in the flowers. There was one more but I didn't get a good scan of it, so these will have to do. 

Friday, April 13, 2012

Oil Painting Progress!

    Today's the first day of class for the spring term of Rob Liberace's painting class, so I thought I'd post some recent work from last term's class. I'm learning a lot but still have so much more to improve on.
    The last painting of a woman is from a 4 hour uninstructed workshop I went to last Wednesday, trying out more of a Thomas Dewing style high key palette.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Drawing Stuff

    For my mama's birthday, sketches using Nico Marlet's orange Colerase, marker, white gouache and black Prisma technique. 
 Jerboa with angry puffball and dancing lemurs.  

Digital painting dump

Color Studies from Photos

 Tadahiro Uesugi Master Copies: Style Study

 Style Exercise

 Random Stuff, learning light, color, and design

glass painting practice

Thursday, March 29, 2012

ipad paintings

Here are a few more quick ipad paintings I've done lately. Rather than try to paint an entire scene, I've been focusing on capturing one effect more closely. It's fun to do as a warmup or a little note on light and color effects, and I'm learning a lot!

 The first on is a 10-ish minute painting of a gold statue at the Museum of African Art, and the one below is my mug of tea. It had this weird yellow-greenish color at the top that gradated down to a warm brown-red at the bottom as the depth increased, super interesting. The ellipse of the cup here is terrible though. I need to work on ellipse drawing in perspective!

Monday, January 30, 2012

Fashion Thumbnails

I love the Hel Looks fashion blog, and every once in a while I'll do some black and white studies in Sharpie to get some cool fashion ideas. It's interesting to note which outfits work because of their contrasting value, and which ones completely fall apart in grayscale without the warm and cool colors that play off one another. One thing they all have is a good or unusual silhouette. The second half of the page is a more down-to-earth set of styles.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Elrod the Hilbilly

Here are the pencil sketches for a character I was drawing for fun the other day while watching "Call of the Wildman". That show has all kinds of crazy-looking people that are more bizarre than anything I could think up on my own. It's awesome!

Also, a random page of character exploration stuff, just to show I haven't been slacking on my visdev work TOO much

Saturday, January 7, 2012

De Young goodness

I've been on kind of a dog kick lately, so when I saw a pair of these life-size pups carved into a mantelpiece at the De Young museum today, I had to take pictures.

There was other cool stuff too, including a head study by Frank Duveneck that blew me away. What a painter!

I'm still figuring out the best camera settings like shutter speed, color stuff etc, so no complaining if the photos are a bit blurry or weird colors. Also, I'm getting a weird lens distortion. One of these days I'll figure out how to photoshop that out.