Just completed this piece for Illustration 3. The assignment was to create an image in acrylics that contained a vehicle used in another time or place, and to apply some sort of tangible texture to our painting surface. The Trabant (sort of the Model T Ford of the DDR, only much more poorly made) was the first thing that came to mind, and it only seemed appropriate that das Sandmännchen (the Sandman, a very popular stop motion children's TV character who started in the DDR and is still popular all over Germany today) should be the one tending to it. For the texture, I mixed (you guessed it) sand with acrylic medium and brushed it everywhere other than in the area of the car, little elf and bucket. I fought the texture idea up to the point of actually trying it, and it turned out pretty cool.
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Here are two goofy recent things out of my sketchbook. This is what I do instead of taking notes during my GE classes. You'll note that one of the devils has hooves and the other has a poorly drawn foot. Colored in Photoshop (after class)
Sunday, February 24, 2013
So I'm working on an auto-biographical comic right now, which meant shooting some reference of myself from different angles/lighting conditions/costuming, and I figured, "hey, as long as I've got the photos..." This one still only took about an hour, but it's much larger than the others, which made it much easier. I need to start working larger on these things.
Monday, February 18, 2013
I've been trying to do these 1 hour head paintings every Sunday night, with varied success. I try to tell myself, "You're doing them so fast, you're just learning this medium, just post whatever comes out without fear or shame, it'll make you better...". Well, whatever my mamby-pamby patting myself on the back I use to fortify my tender artist's sensibilities, that painting last night didn't look a thing like Lance Henriksen. Try as I might, I couldn't convince myself it was him once objectivity was restored. I knew it would bug me til I proved to myself I could create a likeness of him, so here's a quick drawing of him in the medium I'm used to, Ink and Brush. For those of you who don't know Lance Henriksen, this is what he looks like. For those of you who do, I hope we can all forget about that little faux-pas last night and move forward with the Sunday Head Paintings. The bottom is a quick, goofy digital coloring.
Sunday, February 17, 2013
This week's subject is Lance Henriksen, the actor who plays Bishop in Aliens, and Jesse in Near Dark. I could have picked better reference for likeness (he looked just like Clint Eastwood in the photo I used), but I really liked the lighting. I touched the image up with pencil to sharpen a few things, which looked good on the painting and a little heavy handed in the scan. Oh well. Happy Valentines day.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Here's a piece I just finished for Chris Thornock's Illustration 3 class. We were supposed to paint a woodland creature in an environment, so I made a narrative piece out of it. Most of the color you see is made up of acrylic washes (I had to tweak things digitally a little to get the scan to look like the original), with the wolf, horse and cowboy's color being adjusted and heightened with Prismacolor markers. The rest is ink and brush.
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
I listened to the Cramps for the first time in a while on the way to class today, which made me want to draw this in my sketchbook during class. Let's be honest, last Sunday's head painting wasn't that great. Hopefully this (and next Sunday's head painting) can make up for that a bit.
Sunday, February 3, 2013
Didn't quite have the time for an hour painting tonight, so this is a roughly 45 minute painting of your favorite lowbrow artist and mine, Chromium Bob Williams. The drawing fell apart a little due to the haste of the painting, but one can make out a creepy looking fellow with a unibrow, so I guess I've done my job.