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pika bootcamp week 3

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

Been really busy with the Pikaland bootcamp stuff. This past week was a tough one for me – we were asked to be inspired by an existing work of art (preferably in person, but that did not work out so well) – I chose Remedios Varo, a very long-standing love of mine (back to age 17 or 18 or so) and I felt a great deal of pressure to try to live up to her. I wound up drawing approximately the same sketch many times, finally started painting one and chucked it after a few hours’ worth of work on it because it was absolute crap. Did a new sketch (pencils and some brush pen) and liked it. I’ve started coloring it digitally but it still has a long way to go – after all that time I had to just swallow it and move on. Maybe after bootcamp is over I’ll finish coloring it.

Below are: the original Varo, my drawing, and my digital WIP. Click any for bigger.


Illustration Friday: More Ripple

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

Annoyed with self – I posted an old link accidentally instead of this link here to IF. I guess I shall submit again…wish I could edit the original instead. Sorry, IF people.

Wasn’t overjoyed with the octopus. Here’s a pen-watercolor-digital Harrison Bergeron I did with a Gulf shrimp and some made-up marine stuff. I like it better.



Of course, this is also for the Ripple project – $10 for the sketchcard size. Kelly Light is doing good stuff over there.


More Ripple – Shrimp

Monday, June 14th, 2010

Works-in-progress. Shrimps. I wasn’t exactly overjoyed with the octopus so I did some shrimp from reference. The B&W one has a lot more stuff to get put on it. And neither is sketch card size, hopefully that won’t be too big a deal. Just started drawing and ran with it.


Illustration Friday: Ripple

Monday, June 14th, 2010

This week’s IF goes to Kelly Light’s Ripple project – $10 for the card, with 100% of the proceeds going to gulf oil spill charities. In this case you’d wind up with two – the original (brush pen, watercolor) and a print of the digital version. They’re pretty different; I darkened & colored the water a great deal in the digital version. So I figure I should send the sketch itself along with a printout of the digital version. The original is on the left and the digital is on the right.


I’m working on a couple of shrimp for the same theme/cause, too. WIPs are here.


couple things

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

going away for the weekend. been working on the supercool pikaland illustration bootcamp thinger-ma-bob. Here’s a reject that I wish I’d started on earlier so maybe it wouldn’t be a reject (the cherries) and my all-too-mechanical take on a jack-in-the-pulpit (which you can click for a bigger version, or here for a very large version.) Ah well.


Illustration Friday: Slither

Monday, May 31st, 2010

Well, this time I thought, briefly, that this would be the week I didn’t revise/edit/whatever till the cows came home, but I was as usual wrong. I’ll post up the final first, so those of you uninterested in the trials and tribulations are spared.

Click the image for medium-sized, click here for very large.


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Harrison Bergeron/Work-In-Progress

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Part of the reason I have to work to find a style is that my actual style is batshit crazy. Not in terms of content or theme but in terms of time required and visual acuity necessary in the viewer. I have resorted to Harrison-Bergeron-style restrictions on myself when I am working: I work in light that is too low for me to see the amount of detail I would otherwise see/produce and I often limit the materials I’ll allow myself to work with to fat points and large brushes. I am experimenting (read as: forcing myself to use) things like charcoal and big graphite pencils in my offline work. Somehow it’s easier for me to manage digital painting without going crazy detailed, maybe because it’s a new enough medium for me (that and the Wacom is just not as supportive a tool for it.)

Anyway, I started doodling the other night and wound up back in crazyland. And then last night I allowed myself the .005 Micron again. Here’s the work in progress. I like it, but my arm and back don’t. Ah well.

My brain’s excuse for this is that I’m trying out working with tracing paper for the first time, so I can work in literal layers of paper. I like this new way a lot. I’ve failed to finish I don’t know how many things simply because I’m afraid to wreck what I’ve already gotten done. I am aware that this is a paradoxical reaction, but it seems common enough in other artists that I routinely see exhortations to let go of that attachment to work produced. As much as I’ve told myself this, it hasn’t worked, so maybe the tracing paper route will.

Do click to see the big version, if only to make me feel better about myself.


Illustration Friday: Early

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

This girl (and a couple of her siblings/twins) showed up in my sketches from last week but I didn’t include them because I knew I wanted to use her & soon. So now I’ve got lumpy men and triangular-headed women populating my nascent world. No idea where I’ll end up with this but I like her face a lot. As for the theme, I knew I wasn’t going to do birds…and actually I probably will stay away from birds in general because so many folks are birds, even though I love drawing birds in various ways and do so rather a lot when I’m just doodling. So anyway, “early.” Interpret as you will, but this is where I wound up with it.

Click for bigger as usual.


illustration friday: equipment

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

oh, the sketches. the one million sketches, most awful, and having been squeezed desperately in-between work and herding a toddler. I didn’t much like this word but I am okay with the result, I suppose. I like his legs, anyway.

All digital, Scribbles and Photoshop. As usual click for large. On the right are some of my many brainstormy sketches, most in Scribbles. Click it for reasonably large, click here for enormo.


illustration friday: fearless

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

as is becoming my habit, I sketched about 8 different ideas for this before finally deciding to just draw something and be done with it. Part of the problem is that what I was having urges to draw were things that are really not my style (I may not know what my style IS yet, but I have some ideas about what it’s NOT), probably as a result of too much web surfing. Lots of scantily-clad ladies dangling from birds and whatnot.

So here is this. All digital, all Photoshop – default brushes plus Mark Molnar’s genius brushes. A little sloppy but I decided I didn’t mind that too much. Click for big, as usual.