Sunday, April 24, 2011

Landscape Studies Inspired by Iceland

Seaside Cliffs

Mountains at Dusk

Jagged Crags

Mossy Hill

I was inspired by a couple of things lately - My students are making some amazing landscape/backdrops for their final assignments in Digital Illustration, and Icelandic Space. They're doing a backdrop for a trio of scenes based on either a fairytale or a cultural event from a specific time period. I was blown away by the backgrounds they brought into class on Friday and was excited to try some painter studies myself. I did a series of four 10 minute studies based on Iceland. I'd love to go back some day... this is as close as I can get for now. Maybe I'll make some full fledged paintings based on these some day.

At least it's good practice for one of the topics I've always avoided (backgrounds).
All of these are with Painter!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Acrylic + Pug Dogs = good fun.


I did an acrylic demo for my Illustration 1 class on Thursday which was a brief intro to painting. I decided it would be fun to finish it up later that night and am really happy that I did.

It's been a long time since I worked with actual paint (it seems) - for something that was not for work. So here it is! I am hoping this summer I get to spend more than a couple hours on some paintings that are bigger than a couple inches! This guy is only about 6 x 6" - and with just a couple weird tubes of paint I had lying around.

I always wanted a pug - but then fell in love with our weird pug-rat terrier mix!
Mutts are really the best, but I'll always have a place in my heart for these guys!
Look at all those rolls!


A small detail of his face complete with textural cat-hair addition!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Olivia's Tiny Face

Olivia's Tiny Face
A funny painting of my black cat, Olivia's giant green eyes and tiny face

Today was insane. I contributed way too much money I didn't have to my retirement for 2010's stupid taxes, taught a class and then went home exhausted. I've got good company tonight as I make some 10 minute art and I am excited for the remaining two weeks of the semester to happen! My students are doing amazing things and I am psyched to see them through!

I think I'll finally have some time to relax in May - I am looking forward to it, though I am trying to hang on to my brain in the meantime!

Friday, April 08, 2011

Livestream and my Dog, Atari!

My silly dog, Atari! Closeup

This week was LONG. I finished up a million things, had some super long nights with everyone at Paper Bicycle - and a lot of teaching this week.
I feel accomplished, but worn out. It's funny though, I came home from having dinner tonight with some great friends, determined to get some personal art done and determined to relax.


I made another Friday night personal art challenge thing tonight - this time of my silly dog, Atari. I ALSO learned how to use livestream!

A super closeup!

I'm super excited because it's really easy to use and I can broadcast some of my Friday night artwork times to whoever is interested in watching!
Here is a snippit of my in progress live stream before it cut out - all 37 minutes of me noodling around!(watch at bedtime for relaxing sleepy-time)

I hope I can record these for myself when I have the chance and if anyone is interested in my process in the future, I hope to do it again!

Friday, April 01, 2011

Darklands - Relive the glory days


Back when I was in 7th Grade we got a computer.
The first huge computer game I ever bought was called Darklands.
I used to sit in front of the computer, day after day, playing this amazing, hard, epic game. This was before games gave you a "journal" to keep track of your quests. This was back when everything was on a 5.25" floppy disc, and this was when I was first becoming computer literate.

Needless to say, Darklands was a HUGE part of my childhood. I bought an old copy on CD in 2000 off of Ebay and hadn't been able to run the game until recently, when on a whim, I bought a PC, installed DOSBOX and got the darn thing to work. The sound doesn't function, but the rest of the game is amazingly intact. Bugs, copyright protection and all.

Chris, Francesca and I are doing some Friday night art tonight - all to celebrate the amazing characters from my very favorite game of all time.
I took one for the team and did a portrait of Ebhard, the fat, old priest that uses a Flail the whole game. Anyone that had ever played it might recognize the font, maybe the bandits, but most certainly the blood stain that was left after killing some dudes.

I still remember the sound it makes when someone dies.
Those were the days!

Here is the one CHRIS did tonight of Gunther! Studly man!!!

And one of Gretch! from Francesca HERE!