Friday, December 31, 2010

Busy, busy, busy... goodbye 2010.

I feel a bit overwhelmed with all kinds of art projects at the moment, and with so much occupying my time i find it harder to keep my blog updated. I can't complain, I'm usually wallowing around in boredom, hoping for inspiration to fall in my lap, it's good to have my mind occupied with art, keeps me sharp, excited.

I suppose it's only fitting as my last post of the year to reflect a bit...

This past year I've drifted away from digital art and caricatures quite a bit. Due to school, my traditional fine art pursuits are taking up more and more time, and i really enjoy the challenge of something new.

I'm really, really enjoying filling in the gaps in my art education. You would have been hard pressed to find me voluntarily reading my math textbook while at UC, but i find myself searching out more and more things to read and learn to make myself a better artist. The exercises and projects that, in any other subject, i would have considered a chore, i search out and complete with a zeal that surprises even me. I feel silly for saying it, but I'm excited just talking about it.

My caricature projects have taken an obvious back seat to my attempts to get a handle on painting and working from life, both portrait and figure. However, when i go back to my caricatures it's a whole new beast now. It's like i was walking in the dark before and I've finally found the light switch. With some actual art education under my belt i feel i can competently make the right decisions in my art. Sure, some of my caricatures were quite nice, but i feel like i was just getting lucky. It excites me to think of what i will do with my caricature art in the new year, and i hope it excites you too. However much fun I've been having, this blog is for the reader as well and i feel an obligation to provide something. That's a constant motivation for me.

I can certainly see the trend, not so many comments on my traditional artwork, and less and less on my caricatures. I will Try to take a more active roll in the blogosphere in the new year. I miss the interactions with my peers here on the internet and the real-time feedback and critique available, but it's a give and take and i feel guilty for not keeping a closer eye on the work of my internet acquaintances and sharing my thoughts.

Well, now that I've said that, you were probably hoping for some art. I have a couple caricature projects on the drawing board at the moment.

My Sherlock piece is coming along slowly but surely,



I also have some sketches from a personal project for my Dad to share.

He's a Drummer and he wanted some caricatures of legendary rock drummers for the wall of his drum room, so here are the prelims.



Have a good new year's celebration everyone.
I'm enjoying mine drawing, wooo!

See you next year

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

redhead


from a photo, can't recall the source...

Friday, December 17, 2010

Can't stop painting


yet another study from a deviant-art stock photo, this time courtesy of Majesticstock

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Velasquez studies



a couple of exercises from my last two days of painting class for the semester.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Sherlock sketch


So i watched the new imported Sherlock show when it aired here a few weeks back, and thought it was great. i intended to do a caricature, but never really got around to it. i had some time tonight so i sketched something up. i may have discovered why my colleagues from overseas chose to only caricature the Star, Benedict Cumberbatch. Martin freeman, who plays Watson, i found, is nigh impossible to caricature.

so, you can obviously see which of these was rather spontaneous and quick and which was labored over continuously just from my linework. i think i got something that is passable at least, but i'll have to do something more convincing on the final if i want him to hold up against the other caricature.

let me know what you think.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

A few more...




the last of my paintings from this semester, yet another self portrait and a couple pieces from portrait class.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

s'more Paintings

a couple of studies from photos, courtesy of 'lockstock and idnurse41 on deviantart, respectively.


and a couple from last weeks portrait painting class

Monday, December 6, 2010

Monday, November 15, 2010

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Bored to death


that was refreshing, getting to scratch the caricature itch a little. a sketch of the three main characters in HBO's series 'bored to death'

Friday, November 5, 2010

Blue feathers w/study



another school project.
reference images courtesy of AmethystDreams1987 on deviantart.

Monday, November 1, 2010

And now for something completely different...


just a little photoshop photo montage for class. practice with the masks and making use of adjustment layers.

i'll have some more paintings up soon, and maybe even some new car

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Fett Final

Portrait class



a couple of pieces from my portrait painting class, my painting from last friday's model and my homework assignment "vincent", an exercise in learning the basic planes of the human face and the subtle value shifts. hope ya dig em.