Monday, November 21, 2016

The Names of the Ashes

I found the source file for an old illustration this weekend, and decided to give it a few new touch-ups. I added the atmospheric and color adjustment layers (the very last step in the gif). Pretty happy with the end result. Now I am just trying to decide what to rename it/remember what I was thinking when I named it the first time around. Done completely in Photoshop.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Cooking Up Trouble

I talked a bunch of my coworkers into doing a halloween art challenge, and this is my submission. Doesn't quite have the feel I imagined in my head, but still pretty satisfied with how it came out. She is sufficiently creepy I think. Pencil drawing, inked, scanned, and colored in PS.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

On Obfuscatory Onomastics

This is the last line of a poem my great uncle used to recite that I always liked. I had plans to make a whole book, but it's still in progress. He died a few hours ago, so I felt it was time to post it, even though I don't have the other lines done. I don't know who the original author was. I've tried to look it up...haven't found it exactly, but looks like it may be based on a speech by Mark Twain, which is fitting because I really like him (Huck Finn, not Tom Sawyer...that book was awful).

In promulgating your esoteric cogitations,
Or articulating superficial sentimentalities
and amicable observations,
Beware of platitudinous ponderosity.

Let your concatenations possess
a clarified conciseness
and a coalescent, consistent cogency.

Eschew all conglomerations of flatulent garrulity,
Jejune babblement and asinine affectation.

Let extemporaneous descantings
and expatiations have intelligibility
without thrasonical bombast.

Sedulously avoid all polysyllabic profundity,
pompous prolixity,
psittaceous vacuity,
and verbose vapidity.

In other words…

Keep it simple and short.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Virgo Art Nouveau

I started this drawing on the plane a couple weeks ago, after doing a little bit of research about Virgo. I tried to incorporate a bunch of virgo details into the piece. The symbol for virgo is the maiden. She is an earth element, whose stone is sapphire (although this changes depending on where you get your info), and is often associated with wheat, corn, and the harvest. Her flower is the morning glory so I gave her a crown of them. I originally intended to make a companion piece for aquarius, but I'm not sure if I am ready to start that just yet. It took me two days to do the sketch/ink and another couple days to finish up the colors. Pencil sketch, inked, scanned, and colored in Photoshop.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

D is for Death

This is one of my submissions for an alphabet book I started with some coworkers and friends. I needed some motivation to make some personal artwork and this seemed like a good start. The only rule I had for myself was that I had to do a drawing/use traditional media—nothing too graphic and polished. Not sure that I really achieved quite the look I was imagining, but it's been a long time since I used charcoal so I think I'm a little out of practice. Preliminary sketch: pencil on paper. Final artwork: charcoal on paper.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Flower for Invitation

So it's been an embarrassingly long time since I've 1) made any art and 2) posted it here. This past weekend I did this little pencil sketch, which I then colored with watercolor, to use as a decoration on my wedding invitations. The invitation design is coming along, but now I need to find a good printer (and a better scanner...)!