Tuesday, October 25, 2011
I've been doing some artwork for work and I am not really satisfied with it, so I felt the need to do a piece on my own. This was quick, done in a few hours from a picture I saw on facebook. It's of someone who has been begging me to do a portrait of him for some time now. Hope you like it!
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Two posts in one day? Crazy! I made this book over the summer. I originally intended it to be something entirely different, but the covers didn't turn out as I was expecting them to. I have all sorts of collaged material under there, but the top layer of paint really covered it up more than I thought it would, so I made a different book instead. You can't really tell from the photos but I also splashed high gloss decoupage glue onto the covers so that most is mat, but it has shiny splatters on it. Each signature is wrapped in a sheet of gold vellum (my new favorite paper, it's so pretty). 8 signatures, coptic stitch, 128 pages, 4" x 6". I am planning on using it as a little journal for tanka.
I finished this book several months ago, but was really slow in posting (lost the cord to upload pics from my camera to computer for a bit there). It is the first and only soft cover book I have bound to date. It's small: 2.75"w by 4.25"h by 0.25"d and made with heavyweight printer paper cut to size. I used a coptic stitch for the binding (4 signatures) and embossed the cover paper to add some texture. I decorated the inside pages with acrylic paint, sharpies, and assorted craft supplies, and each page represents one item on my life to-do list. So essentially this is a book of things I want to do/be/accomplish in my life, in other words: a little book of goals. I titled it Notes to Myself, and of course as soon as I finished binding it, I thought of a few more goals for my list. Oh well. Maybe there will be a volume two.
Friday, August 5, 2011
I needed to flex my art muscles, so I spent the better part of today working on a poster for Witches in Bikinis. This is my second poster (I abandoned the first one part way through because I didn't like it). This was just for fun/practice, but more info about the show can be found here, as can the photo I used for reference. Hopefully the show will be better than the website!
Friday, July 22, 2011
My mom brought home a bunch of art books that I looked through today, and I was inspired by one of them, Digital Art Revolution: Creating Fine Art with Photoshop, which led me to make this image today. It is a portrait of my cousin from when we were young. It is a collage of a video still frame, digital painting with various brushes, and added textures. Just a quick digital exercise. I also played around with how it might looked framed. I think I like the darker frame.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
A big post today. This is all older work (Nov 2010-Feb 2011) that I finally got permission to post here. It's artwork I did for a new MMORPG by Test Subject, LLC. The game is called Ascended and more information can be found here on the Test Subject website. Check it out! They have this really cool philosophy about making it an online community in addition to a game. The short comic I did, which is posted in full on the Test Subject page, tells the back story of the game world.
Monday, July 11, 2011
So yesterday I went to an art museum with my family and saw a bunch of Wyeth paintings (Howard Pyle, N.C. Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth, and Jamie Wyeth) which were spectacular. Instead of feeling inspired, however, I had a mini art crisis where I freaked out about my life and my art and how I'm not doing a good job being an artist (just look how often I have something new to post...not often) blah, blah, blah.
To help calm myself down, and prove that I haven't lost all artistic ability, I did these two drawings, which I planned to use as the lines for two related watercolor paintings. Not sure when that is going to happen (I'm horrible at watercolor...of all my choices why would I pick that?), but the lines turned out ok, so I am feeling a little bit better/more confident. They are cropped a bit as the sketches were too big for my scanner, and I can't stand the face on the left drawing (it's supposed to be my sister...but she is way prettier than that), but overall I am pretty satisfied.
Pencil on newsprint. 11 x 11 each
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Here's a couple illustrations I have been working on for my next book project. I'm not going to give too much away about it yet, but as you can probably tell these images are not related to each other. Pencil drawings that I inked and enhanced with watercolor (blue watercolor actually...not that it matters since I made everything grayscale).
Saturday, June 11, 2011
This is an illustration I am thinking of using in a book I am working on. I'm not totally satisfied with it, but I'm not exactly sure what I want these illustrations to look like anyway, which is part of the problem. I can't decide on a style. I think I prefer the watercolor one, but I am still toying around with the idea of just using line drawings.
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
I have mixed feelings about this. It's an old piece (the bottom image is from 2008, believe it or not) that I dug up today and worked on. It's made in Photoshop with TONS of layers and an excessive amount of blurring. I like the yellow light; I think it looks like she's standing in a window as the sun is rising. But I'm also concerned that it's too cold and harsh in some areas. And that the lines are too strong. It looks pretty realistic in some respects, but at the same time, it feels so fake - which I hate. Probably because she is too smooth (all the excessive blurring)...or the fact that she only has half a head (the original design had her in a hat that covered her face).
Originally (back in 2008), this was going to be a full picture with hair and a hat and jeans...maybe even a background. She was supposed to be covered in tattoos and I was going to call it Canvas. Now I'm not so sure what it is, or if I will work on it more or not. Part of me still wants to cover her in tattoos, but I know that will hide all the subtle colors I tried to work into the skin. Anyway, for right now it's finished. Maybe in another couple years I will dig it up again and play around with it.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Two posts in one day??? Unheard of! What can I say, I haven't been doing enough art lately so I had an art binge today. I really wanted to work on the piece I started earlier, but as I don't have space set up for oils, I started a new piece instead. I was inspired by this beautiful charcoal drawing - it's really just amazing. It took me some time to find my charcoal (I haven't used it in over 4.5 years - yikes!) and I have to say I am disappointed at how out of practice I am. There is just something about this that I don't like that much - I think it may be the eyes. I tried to fix it with color, but I think I like that even less. Even so, it is of someone important to me, so I am posting it anyway so she can see. I think part of my problem is that I am less patient than I used to be. I want to make a fantastic piece of work, and I want to make it quickly. That's not usually how it works for me, and this piece illustrates that. I need to put more time into my work.
Started something new today.
For awhile now I have been itching to get back into painting, particularly with oils. The problem is I don't really have a good set-up for oils here...and I know you aren't supposed to just wash that stuff down the drain. I am thinking about asking a local artist/family friend if I can paint in her studio for a few days since she is an oil painter herself.
For now though, I will just have to settle for having finished the linework/underpainting. It is just brown watercolor on 10" x 10" canvas, and I am anxious to start putting some color down. I was going to wait until I finished to post on here, but if I am being honest I have no idea when that will be so I decided to just post the work in progress. Hope you like it!
Also, slight side note: one of the reasons I was suddenly encouraged to pick my brush back up today was thanks to this wonderful artist. Check out the piece called "Memories smell like flowers." It is especially beautiful, and I'm hoping one day to paint like this. Guess I better start practicing!
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Well it has been far, far too long since I've posted something on here. I was hoping I'd have some artwork to share by now...but all I have is another book. Not that that's a bad thing. I love making books. This one is a birthday gift for my sister. It is Japanese themed and contains a selection of Japanese proverbs and sayings that I found online. It's 9.25" wide and 3.75" high. The cover is made from book board, decorative papers, and ribbon, while the text block is a mixture of gold vellum, pink vellum, and standard computer paper. I made a few measuring mistakes along the way, but I managed to fix them all without too much trouble. Overall I'm pretty pleased with how this turned out since I put the whole thing together in about half a day.
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Some of you may remember my digital painting All The Things I Never Said. I was looking at it the other day while brainstorming and got the idea for a collaborative journal piece. I painted All The Things I Never Said when I was struggling with keeping a lot of my thoughts and feelings to myself for various reasons. I thought it might be nice to have a collaborative book project where anyone can share the things that have been weighing on their mind with the security of anonymity. There are couple rules I have for participating, but overall it is meant to be a pretty open space for people to get things off their chest, and share it anonymously with others. At least that's the general idea. I made this book from scratch with the intention of using it for this project. It is 5.5"w x 8.5"h. The cover was made using book board and three different decorative papers. The textblock is 32lb ivory-colored paper. There are six signatures for a total of 120 pages bound using the buttonhole/longstitch method described here. I found this blog the other day and honestly have not been able to stop looking at it. Dennis's work is really great.
Monday, January 10, 2011
As promised here are some of the other pieces I had in the Art Gala a few months ago. The rooster is watercolor and ink on watercolor paper and is about 7"x7", and the abstract is acrylic and oil on canvas, 10"x10". The rooster sold, but the abstract is still hanging on my wall. I wish I had thought to sign the rooster before I sent it out into the world, but I've never sold work before so I guess this is a lesson learned for next time.
Thursday, January 6, 2011
My first post of 2011! I hope everyone had a fantastic holiday/new years (I know I did). This card is a thank you card for a very nice Christmas present I received. I didn't spend too much time putting it together though because I have actually been quite busy. For that reason it's made of cut up old cards, cardstock, sketchpaper (for the inside text), and a touch of silver sharpie just cause I love it. It has a matching pink envelope and stands approximately 3.5"w x 7"h. Hopefully this will be the last of the card posts for awhile and I can get some new artwork up on here. I have been working on a project recently, but I am not able to post anything just yet because the company I am doing it for has asked me to wait. Hopefully you will all be able to see that work in the near future!
On another note, I will be starting a new job at the end of the month that promises to keep me very busy. It's not art related so I am a little worried about not having enough time to be creative, but hopefully everything will work out fine. I have about a million project ideas running through my head right now and just not enough time/supplies to work on them just yet, but I am going to do my best to produce some more work soon!