Sunday, February 27, 2011

Gouache painting - Friday Night Challenge


Friday night was a great night. I got done with class a little bit early and headed to Moto-i with Francesca and Chris. It's the first weekend in a long while that I wasn't swamped with work, and Francesca and I sat down for a 2 hour challenge. Originally, we had planned to finish a piece of art in two hours, but as things started going, I changed my idea from inking a drawing of this sleeping girl - to painting her in gouache.

detail of her face

As the night wore on, I went over the 2 hour limit and painted for almost three hours on her skin. Gouache is one of those mediums that if you don't mix enough, you're screwed. I had to paint over her skin a second time, since I hadn't done it right to begin with. Also - once you start, you can't stop.

Eventually I called it a night around 11pm and headed home with Chris to play some Marvel vs. Capcom for a sec. :) I am excited to pick this back up and finish this painting once I get another couple hours of free time!

Drawing in Class


My Illustration one class on Thursday was a ton of fun. For about 20 minutes we sat in a circle and sketched each other for a character development project. I was up late last night taking pictures of some of the stuff we did and thought I'd throw this one on the blog!

Everyone had some really fun sketches and we then took turns trying to do one minute captures of some weird faces we were making. I was laughing the whole time - seeing them try and make faces and draw each other at the same time was awesome.
I should do that more. :)

Since I was part of the circle for the first group, I figured I'd pick up my pencil and sketch them, too!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Happy Valentines Day!


Happy Valentines Day!
May your Monday be filled with kittens and things! :)

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Guess Who? Blue Man Painting


You'll never guess who this painting started out as...
I am HORRIBLE at making likenesses of celebrities! There was a point tonight when I was referencing picture after picture and I ended up with a painting of a man that is WAY different (in many ways) than the blue man you see here.


There is no way you'll ever guess who this was at the beginning of my painting...
Anyone want to guess?

I'll buy you a tea if you figure it out.

Painted tonight in Painter 11 with about 1 hour of real painting, and 1 hour of trying to figure out how to make this look like the guy I started to draw in the first place.

I guess it ended up looking like a cross between Lawrence Fishburne and O.J. Simpson.
Love those freckles.

Wednesday, February 02, 2011



Here's a cute sketch of a ballerina. You can tell by the bun.

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Strange Self Portrait


Oh man, I haven't done a self portrait in forever and I think it shows...
Here's a painter painting I did tonight for the sake of doing personal art in my free time. It's definitely not the most awesome thing I've ever done. Then again, It's better than some of my MCAD self portaits (It's probably been that long).


here's a detail of my painting

Also, I've been grilling my students left and right about making sure that when they use color that they use the "Squint" rule. Squint your eyes to see value so you know you're doing it right. Just because colors are on your art doesn't mean that it works with value. So - with this, I just wanted to check myself before I wrecked myself. (OH SNAP!)

I suppose that's pretty good! My face hurts from squinting for three hours.