Saturday, January 31, 2009

Way back when...

I did this like 3 years ago and I don't believe that I ever shared it.  It's kinda "portrait-y" so for those who have ever wondered if I can do "portrait-y" stuff... heres and answer.... kinda...

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Christmas Ornament

Heres a Christmas ornament that I made this past Christmas that I forgot to share.  Sculpy and Acrylic Paint. 

Monday, January 26, 2009

Sketchbook Stuff

The first one is another smaller one.  About 2"x 2."  I felt I was getting too "detailed" with these sketches, so I decided to lower the scale.  The second one is still a little larger...

Sunday, January 25, 2009

"Stained Glass"

Well the work load for this semester is starting to pick up, and I'm having less and less time to sketch for "fun" and that time is being taken up by other smaller projects.   Here is our first "conceptual" project for watercolor. Assignment was to do a stained glass window painting.  Main purpose was to practice washes and keeping the pigments from bleeding over into other lakes of pigments. 

I thought this would be funny considering the pedestal a lot of people place him on...

Sunday, January 18, 2009

More quick Sketches

Couple more drawing board folks.  I've been working on watercolor swatches for my painting class,  they can be quite monotonous so I do these in-between for a change of pace.  Real quick, especially the second one...

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Oil Painting... again...

Alright, I know that I posted this before but I was never happy about the digital representation of the artwork.  I know that it still is pretty much on the sucky side of well... everything, with anatomical errors and to poor color usage in the skin.  yea.  But I did spend a lot of time on this piece and feel like I should correctly represent it.  

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Drawing Board Peeps

Her are a couple faces from the drawing board.  Sorry about the blurryness on a couple of them, they didn't scan well...

Monday, January 12, 2009

My New Red Eyed Tree Frogs!

The Reptile Show was in town this weekend and I headed over there and picked me up a pair of Red Eyed Tree Frogs, the unofficial mascot of rain forests everywhere!  One Male (smaller one on top in the below picture), and One Female (Larger on on bottom).  They are SO awesome!  Beautiful creatures!  I couldn't be more pleased!  Just thought I'd share them with you.  

Male and Female together on my hand. One of the interesting things about these frogs is they are never 100% asleep.  Take a look at the females "closed" eyes and you'll notice she has transparent gold laced eye lids.  The "gold lace" is actually veins, and resembles the veins on a leaf, it acts as a sort of camouflage.  When they are sleeping, they can rest portions of their brains uniquely so they are always on alert for oncoming predators.  A must for such a bright, spectacular creature such as the Red Eyed Tree Frog. 

Male Red Eyed spotting a Cricket

Male Red Eyed scaling the back wall of the enclosure

Female Red Eyed using the computer.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Opinions and a sketch.

Now heres an interesting piece off of Thursdays Colbert Report.  Its about artists copyrights when Stephen has Lawrence Lessig (author of "Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy") on to discuss his views on American copyright laws.  Usually Stephen is blatantly, outlandishly sarcastic in proving his point, but I think this time he's right on the money...  scary part is this guy doesn't seem to have a problem with Stephen's action... he completely believes that if you take someone's creative works and "add value" more power to you... whatever

This is an important issue, and only about 6 minutes long...and quite entertaining as always, stick with it. 

And another Office sketch...

Friday, January 09, 2009

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Ink Washing.

Well, after today my winter break is officially over, and here is my latest effort.  I know I said like a week ago the daily posts would stop, and well, they haven't they've just gone in a different direction... less "polished"  That happened for two reasons:

1) less time at my desk drawing.
2) a need for sketching rather than completing "finished" drawings.

With classes starting Thursday, now I will DEFINITELY have less time to draw.

But... good news!  I am taking 4 studio classes so I will have lots of "academic" art to share... 

Honestly, I am not completely satisfied with how this came out.  I was going for a stronger graphic look but this is what happened.  

Let me know what you think! 


The above image is a better representation of the original.  

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Copic Sketching.

Alright, while it's possible to create fully rendered drawings using these markers, I think their strong suit is to do quick gestural value/color sketches.  Heres one I did in that manner, once again I think that the likeness could be stronger, but I'll work on another later probably.  For now, this is what I have. 

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Keeping Slightly Busy

     I learned of an exhibit right here in Atlanta a couple months ago that boasts a collection of several mummies with a somewhat unique history.  In 1999, The Michael C. Carlos Museum purchased a set of nine mummies from a museum in Niagara Falls. Among those mummies was Ramses I, he was returned to Egypt upon his discovery in 2003.  Recently I visited the Michael C. Carlos Museum to see the collection, and thought I'd share a few pictures of some of their collections; Greek and Roman, Asian, Sub-Saharan, and Egyptian.

Greek and Roman




The above display case was one of the most interesting displays in the entire museums,  They are actually mummified animal remains, consisting of two falcons(one on each of the two "platforms") , a lizard (the lower of the two small rectangle boxes), and even a kitten (in the bottom right hand corner)

Something else that ha been keeping me slightly busy is this.  I've been wanting to do a drawing of House for some while now, and I've been working on an ink wash work-up of him.  I'm not completely sure how I like it so far, but the "washy" look I think is fitting for the character, we'll see... I may have to abandon this idea and go with another medium.