Thursday, October 05, 2006

When fat Girls Dream and Self Portrait (IP)

Based on a poem about the reality of obesity and the people who suffer from it.

This is just a self portrait for my painting class. I guess I was feeling really communist that day, because lots and lots of cadmium red just felt right.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Until Gwen - Finished - Digital Painter IX

Ironic that when I have no time, I finally get around to posting here. Latest work from my Illustration 2 class. Will update with WIP stuff later.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

4th of July

Had a blast this 4th. (much better than last year, which consisted of drinking caffiene at Big E's before wandering over to watch the bay fireworks.)

We also set off our own explosives, full details of which can be seen at Melanie's Facebook album:

She took cool photos.

From our rooftop the fireworks over sarasota bay were visible. Unfortunately we only had a short, rickety ladder and it took so long to find that they were practically over by the time anyone made it up there. Nevertheless, three of us attempted the climb, and were contacted by the ghost of lions past, as seen in this image:

Many burgers were eaten, and hot dogs fell by the thousands. After all was successfully blowed up, the night was rounded out by assembling random themed teams in Naruto Genteki Taisen 4 (teams such as "faces of classic pop" and "characters who keep animals in inappropriate places") and then battling to the death.

Because death is fun.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006


Nifty animation academy over in France. Their thesis students work in teams rather than individually, and after looking at their work... I think Ringling might want to consider a change. Some of these peices are amazing. Especially "Burning Safari". Cutest little robo-critters ever.

Their Animation Gallery
Burning Safari

Check it out, but don't tell the CA's I think it's good. They'll beat me to death with their Dual monitors or Wacom 3's or something.

Monday, June 05, 2006

Hit metrocon this weekend, good times. There were some pretty impressive cosplays to be seen, including the entire cast of Final Fantasy 6. Didn't go in costume myself, but planning to have a couple reday for my next con. Rezo from Slayers, Hughes from FMA, and last but certainly not least, Random Water Tribe Member from Avatar: The Last Airbender. (A horribly underrated series. Think japanese style animation/storyline with an american framerate and cultural jokes, and you've got a good idea. If you haven't been following the plot, most of the episodes are up for download on a p2p program of your choice.)

Oh, also, I got my Wacom signed by Monkey Punch! Hopefully a little talent rubbed off on it too.

Friday, June 02, 2006

Children Outlines - Finished - Illustrator

Spending a weekend on vacation at Megacon. In between panels and screenings I had to polish off this comission for a Mental Health Clinic in Vermont. They're to be painted on a wall in the lobby of the building, so to deal with the scale they're all vectored in Illustrator.

So yeah, More posts post-con I imagine. Probably some photos as well.

Not going in costume this year, but for next year... "Water tribe!"

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Figures - Ink and Pastel - Rough

Some paintings from my figure class. Yay naked!

Portait in Pen. nothing much to Talk about except how enormous his forehead is.


Pastel on blue paper. Pretty happy with the way the face came out on this one. Something about the chest area still looks a little off

Portraits - Finished - Watercolor

These were done in a style taught to me by my Media media professor, Octavio. In involves putting down a very wet, puddle-like wash of tone, then adding dabs of other color while it is still wet to create a gentle set of gradations. In the first picture, the tone was a burnt-sienna, and the added colors were purple in the shadow areas and some reds around the lips and nose.

That layer is then allowed to dry, and the shadows are painted on top with a good watercolor brush, one layer at a time. For this first one I used purple as my shadow color, to create a nice complementary contrast.

Funny Story: Day we were supposed to start these pictures, teacher hands out photos of everyone in the class to other random students. He's talking about how he swaps the classes so nobody gets themselves. He walks over to me, I pull a photo out of the pile right as he's explaining this, and lo, it's a picture of me! And I don't even own that shirt! Turns out that Alex, the guy in this painting, looks almost identical to me in photo form. What are the odds?

In this second pic I used yellow and red grounds, with dabs of yellow and blue, then blue shadows on everything. One of my favorite photos, but the eye on the left was a little wet when I went in to paint the pupil, so it bled and ended up the way you see now. Also, in real life the pencil lines don't stand out quite as strong. Pretty happy with this one.

Dishes at Moonrise - Finished - Oil Paint

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This was a media handling exercise for my Illustration class. There were two others in different media (watercolor and thick acrylic) at different times of day, but those photos didn't really come out.

This is done on cold-press illustration board, with a thick coat of Crystal Clear acrylic spray to keep it from absorbing the oil paint. Done with small amounts of unthinned oil and a softer brush to keep it even. The purple is underpainting, which helps the blue feel bright and "closer" to the viewer.

The smudge on the knife is actually the words "Never Knows Best" which some of you might recognize from FLCL. One of the requirements was that there be an unexpected detail somewhere in the picture, and that focus be drawn to it. All in all one of my favorite pantings for the year.

12 x 12's - Finished - Oil Paint

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This painting is part of a series for my Painting class. The project was called the "12 by 12" project, and consited of 12 paintings that were 1 foot by 1 foot with a common theme, all in Oil Paint. Each one of mine is done on a square of Masonite, with acrylic matte medium to keep the wood from absorbing all the oil and provide texture, then water-soluble oil paints. (My friend Jimmy got me hooked on them. It's like Oil paint without the pain in the ass)

My theme was "Urban myths and legends". This one was the one where the guy straps a ATOL rocket to his car and it flies into a cliff. Turns out that one of my teacher's cousins pulled almost the same thing, but he didn't get far enough off the ground to die.

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Supposed to be the "5 second Rule"... but doesn't read especially well. I'm fairly happy with the actual painting, though the cookie has some perspective issues.

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Alligators in the Sewer. Don't think I need to clarify the source of this myth. One of my favorites from the series, start-to-finish in under an hour. Most of that blue to the upper right is underpainting showing through.

Took a lot of reference for this one, but I think it payed off with a nice sewer-y feel.

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Another of the 12x12's. This one is the "daddy Longlegs are actually the most deadly spiders in the world" myth.

I'm fairly happy with the color of the sky in this one, and the legs really feel like daddy longlegs to me. I wish it was a bit less patchy, and that the acid-burning through the leaf was a little more obvious.

Those are the four that came out best, and that I could get decent photos of. The rest tended to have thicker paint, so the photos weren't really... y'know, visible.

Media Pirates - Finished - Acrylic - Editorial

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Picture I did for my Illustration I class as an editorial peice on media piracy. There are parts I like and parts I don't, but that's pretty generic...

The media is burnt sienna oil rub, with acrylic matte medium over top for texture and tone. The colors were added by drybrushing acrylic paint over the medium after it was dry, and then adding details with colored pencil.

A few problems with the technique, the colors ended up a bit dull where I had to use colored pencil, and it was hard to get in some of the detail necessary for a peice like this.

Starting Up

First post time. After my atrocious history with LJ and DeviantArt (I think I might have put up 10 posts between them) we'll see how well this works out. I'll be using this space to put up art projects that I'm working on and finished with, and possibly even to publish a webcomic at some point.

I know that when I was first getting into art the people who helped me most were other artists, with tutorials and how-to's being second only to actual tutoring at the hands of a professional. (which I actually managed to find on a forum, of all places) I'll be posting in-progress shots of work that I'm working on (hopefully on a daily basis) along with rough descriptions of process. (Since I myself often forget how I did something in the past and need to look it up) I'll probably do a decent number of links to other tutorial/howto pages while I'm at it.

Hopefully someone will find this as helpful as some of the other tutorials I stumbled blindly into a few years ago.