Archive for March, 2010

Scott Brundage

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

This guy is very cool and goes into quite a bit of detail about his thought & work processes. Really great stuff.

Little calendar

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Other projects, including not being sick anymore, seem to be stalling out. So here is a little calendar – if you click the small images, you’ll get a very big one you can print out & cut up if you are so inclined. Watercolors as usual.

Character Painting link

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Sorry for the lack of updates. I’ve been extensively sick and the time I do have/can use I’ve been working on something for the latest Sketchoholic contest. Digitally, which is a big learning curve for me. I’ll post it when it’s done if I haven’t decided I hate it too much.

In the meantime, this is a helpful technique and it’s an approach I’ve not seen before:

Rhythm – Line of Action

Sunday, March 21st, 2010

since I’m trying right now to work on something with semi-imaginary anatomy, this post came at a great time for me. Very helpful brief post from Ben Jelter at The Art Educator’s Blog on line of action and rhythm in drawing.

Plants and their Application to Ornament

Sunday, March 21st, 2010

Very cool book at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. I’m at work on a couple of things that aren’t fit for posting yet. If I dig up more old stuff I’ll post that later on.

little watercolors

Saturday, March 20th, 2010

these are a few little old watercolors that I started for the letter “A.” What I did like about these is that I managed to be a little looser/spur-of-the-moment with them, which is difficult for me. Crowquill pen and ink (speedball) with Yarka half-pan watercolors.

Imaginism Newsletter

Friday, March 19th, 2010

Bobby Chiu & Imaginism implemented a newsletter so you can keep up with all the many things going on over there. Sign up is here.

This Old Man WIP

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

This is a song card I’m working on presently. I’m really trying to make an effort here on a number of fronts above and beyond just sitting down & drawing – I’m trying to do this one digitally, for one thing. While I work digitally for my professional career, and am as much at home in Photoshop as, say, my own actual living room, I haven’t done much painting/drawing digitally. Unless you count doodlebug or online pictionary, and even that was years ago. Some of this is a learning curve/time issue; I have very little time to spend in front of the computer these days, and the time I do have usually has to be spent doing paying work. I have to be pretty judicious about how I parcel out my computer time – every ten-minute video artcast is ten minutes I can’t do much drawing in, or work in, and as a work-at-home mom of a toddler this is a major issue for me. But I’m making an effort to do at least a little bit more.

So this was thumbnailed and sketched out on paper, first, and I actually drew one version of it that was different that I tried pretty hard to beat into submission before concluding that it was a bad direction. I’ll post those when I get a chance. I scanned the pencil sketch that I finally did like, and then spent a bunch of time fighting with it, myself, and the software in Painter to get the sketch where I wanted it. Now I’m kind of bouncing between Photoshop and Painter trying to paint it; this is incredibly frustrating to me because Painter has brushes and brush features I like, and particularly the “pick up underlying color” feature, but seriously lacks tons of the usability and other features of Photoshop, while Photoshop-painted-stuff typically looks very …photoshoppy. I’ll get there eventually, I suppose, but in the meantime it’s not a very easy or forgiving process.

The dog-with-bone will eventually get back in there, I just hated my sketch of it and need to sit down and actually work on that part of the drawing.

Superb tutorial from Tin Salamunic

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Couple more works

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

This is a secretary bird in acrylics on canvas. I use a junky mess of acrylic brands, to be honest – I just recently ordered a couple of tubes of Lascaux so I could see what the difference is – some of the brands I use are fine and many are crap. I’ve been using acrylics probably longer than any other one medium so I’ve just got a big cardboard boot box of whatever I’ve picked up over the years. I think I have three different brands of yellow ochre, since that’s the color I invariably use the most.

The other image is a pencil sketch I drew in half a minute (if that) on the paper my son was painting on on the other side of his art table. He has contributed several fingerprints. The color is Crayola-brand watercolors – the kind you get for $1.69 at the supermarket. It was my first drawing of him – or at least among the first – that I actually kind of liked, so I’m putting it here.

(by the way, in case it’s not obvious – click any image on the site for a larger version.)