Aug 25, 2012

Old Oil Paintings

Don't have anything new to post at the moment, so here's some old head paintings from long ago.  If you happen to have gone to ACCD in the 90's, you may recognize these models.  All three were oil on canvas board done from life.  I think I've gotten much better at seeing and using color since then, but I still kinda like these ones.

May 31, 2012

Happy Self Portrait

Another self portrait from the mirror behind my computer.  I was happy with the last one even though I didn't look happy.  So I decided to give it another go - this time with a happy expression.  Those of you who know me may think that the earlier one is a better likeness, but that's only because I don't go around making this face.

May 13, 2012

Marker and Charcoal

Just some recent life drawings.  The first two were done with marker in my sketchbook.  I haven't done much work in marker, but I think I like the way these worked out.  Thinking I'll try exploring this medium more.  One thing I like about marker is that you have to plan out your values more carefully, because you have a vey limited set to work with.  John Watkiss is a master at this, but I think he is using both marker and charcoal together - also something I want to try.

May 3, 2012

Had a little time to kill at work today and I did this little sketch from imagination.  Hope it doesn't show my mood at that time (computer problems, RAID rebuilding).  I had fun playing with the filters.  Just needed to do something fun.

Apr 29, 2012

Self Portrait

There is a mirror in front of my computer.  I filled one monitor with red and thought the color on my face was interesting, so I decided to do a little color study of myself.  Maybe I'll use it for my avatar.  You can see I like to work in a dark room.

Apr 3, 2012

Jack be Nimble...

This has been on my hard drive for over a year now.  It started out as an art challenge at the place I work -  do something based on the nursery rhyme "Jack be Nimble".  I knew what I wanted to do, but I kept going back and forth about the rabbit.  At one point he was a very large and sinister character, but it didn't fit.  I wanted him to be the turtle's peer, not a villain.  Originally I planned on making it look hyper-real like a 3d render, but my motivation to finish this to that degree after a year's time is gone.  Now I just want to get it out of the way, and move on to some of the images I'm more excited about finishing.  Below is the line art I did.  Hope you enjoy...

Mar 6, 2012

Sargent Study

Here's another study I did using Art Rage (really love that program) and Photoshop.  This one turned out to be much more difficult than other master studies I've done.  Sargent makes it look so easy.  His portraits have this naturalness quality that you simply can't achieve unless you really slow down and look very carefully.  Besides the fact that I liked the painting as soon as I saw it, I picked this one because, one - it looked like a simple, fairly monochromatic straight-on portrait, and two - it had a lot of thin areas that I was eager to try and tackle.  Art Rage does the thick, impasto paint pretty well, but the thin areas are hard to mimic.  But boy was I wrong about this being an easy study.
Here is a rather rough progression and a detail.  I started with Art Rage and worked back and forth with Photoshop to get the canvas wash satisfactory.  In hindsight, I should have done the initial sketch and block-in with the darks (stages 1 and 3) more carefully instead of rushing in with the heavy paint thinking I could just fix it all later.  I had to do a lot more correcting of the drawing in the later stages because of that.  Overall this was a humbling experience.  You can see the image I was working from here:

And here are some figure drawings from  a week ago.  1 mins, 10mins, and 20 min I think.

Feb 5, 2012

LifeDrawings from yesterday + Sketchbook Dump

And here are some life drawings from my sketchbooks - some old, some not so old.  Yes, the first model was nude except for the giraffe hat (complete with spotted pattern).