Sunday, November 21, 2010

some more progress stuff and side project images

I saw this at the DIA recently. VERY nicely done in chalk pastel.

This is what I have so far with my self-portrait for fig 2, fixing the denim and skin tones as this is updated.
An in-class head study and an in-class figure study... I was too tired to finish but I liked what I was getting at.
Some book arts stuff for sale and etc. :D
Noel Night is coming up and I'm working on painting and book making and some jewelry.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

quick update/preview

I was in Chicago for an all day Saturday trip thanks to Megabus and CCS Hall Council and the people that signed up for the event. so now I'm playing catch-up with lots of work to cover and I plan to update this blog eventually.

besides that, here's 2 images from my fig 2 self portrait assignment. The charcoal was hard to do with the mirror pose and lighting. I then cropped the shot and adjusted my head position so it'd be easier to mirror paint. The lineart photo was taken at an angle, the work is not actually slanted back as you see in here (i will post a better photo later). 80s bike chick= me. :D

Monday, October 25, 2010

crafts crafts crafts

So I'm really enjoying book arts as a Materials & Process class. I have been making some books to sell at Noel Night along with the CCS Papercraft Society merch and these are covers I've worked on so far:
I've also got some great sheet music pamplets and other book binding materials through the Detroit Public Library. :D really nice stuff to take apart for book arts:

A couple weeks ago, I also stopped by King's Used Bookstore down near the Taubman Center and Wayne State's Police Station. Got some 80s GQ's and some comics:

I gotta work on stuff in Fig 2 and other classes, so the next post will be awhile from now.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

fig 2 painting and etc

So I've been late with updates but here is some stuff from Figure Illustration 2 that I've been working on these few weeks.

Sketchbook stuff (sorry these are crap camera shots, will scan better images later):

  1. Process work for my Wyeth mastercopy (sketches, B&W studies, color study, thumbnail, charcoal study, lineart, underpainting):
N. C. Wyeth's Boys of King Arthur illustrations are really cool, but have a wide range of color. With my limited palette of titanium white, yellow oxide, red oxide and mars black, it's weird to go by the tone of the piece... color swatches ahoy! the "dirty" earth tones are difficult right now.

And an in-class from last week I actually like:
Harry needs to dress as Santa sometime. The "Surfin' Santa" from those beach ads, to be more specific.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

some stuff from sketchbook

so I'm really jazzed about Fig 2... here are some head shots from my sketchbook.

Friday, September 3, 2010

painting completed!

This was a really good experience for me as the summer ends, as a callback to more serious, finished artwork. Also feels good to get frustrated with it, as I did this whole week. Chrome is hard to paint (lighting it is also evil). Also tried to be more "stylized" in this piece since he asked for a classic pin-up inspired girl... but with some attitude. I still need to work the attitude part, I need to draw more expressions, get loose with exaggerations (anatomy needs to be either tighter or looser). The pose is also slightly weird, as in, not naturally weighted- perspective is off on the body as well as the shoe, even though you can sit on your hand in that position, its not really relaxed/sexy (note to self: examine what makes something sexy)...... there are a lot of things wrong with this piece. BASICALLY SOME LEARNING HAPPENED HERE.

Overall, my eyes and hands are tired, crampy, etc.... it feels good!

It goes in the mail today, hopefully my friend will like it.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Sunday, August 29, 2010

still working on the painting...

Here are the progress shots from today! If I put my mind to it, I can get this done by Monday. I fudged the skin a bit somehow and I'm still searching for the best grill to base my design off of. So far, it is a great experience to try to do classic cheesecake with a little twist. Right now, the trace looks a ton better than the painting but I think I always reach a point in the middle where I hate something. Doesn't everyone?

Also I figured out how to use ustream and I did a broadcast today while I was painting. I will be broadcasting briefly tomorrow evening after 7pm. Catch it here:

Thursday, August 19, 2010

painting for a friend

I only have a shot of the rough on trace paper.... but this is going to be awesome. As mentioned in a previous post, I am doing a psychobilly themed pinup for a friend of mine. It took lots of tries to get the roughs to look right, and its not the last one I'll be doing by a long shot. I also did several poses for this idea, but it wasn't getting that "tough cookie" look I needed. Drawing sexy ladies is hard, as I struggle with more stylized linework (I tend to go for super representational, gritty stuff). It still bothers me how unrealistic the curves and limb lengths are... but pinups are exaggerated.
I also need better refs for hot rods and classic cars.... change the hair..... fix a lot of stuff.

Psychobilly is a combination of punk, rockabilly, and some others... (visually) highly influenced by punk/goth culture and Betty Page.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

30 Day Challenge! [EDIT]

This is gunna be awesome. :D BUT I'm putting it on hold for a bit while I catch up with other things and school starting next week.

Monday, July 19, 2010

just a preview...

The first rough of many portraits of friends for practice/ project prep (I'm thinking of working on a painting series).
Still working on the psychobilly pinup for my friend. Most pinups are stylized, so I'm having issues capturing the "sexy" when I tend to go for darker, gritty work.

I am also seeking a model for 2-3 hour drawing sessions... this is sort of hard when you live in a somewhat rural area and don't have a car. :C

Watching some shows on Hulu... Green Wing is just great along with Black Books featuring Tamsin Greig! My favorite doctor on Green Wing is Alan (Mark Heap)- he's like a middle-aged, sexually repressed Beaker (The Muppets).

In other news, biking is great exercise and I plan to do plenty of it when I get back to the D. :D

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Hey I'm updating (sort of)

Sorry, I took an unexpected artblogging hiatus. Been thinking through some stuff and went on a family road trip.
I have some projects in the works, but I don't have any photos yet. I am also learning how to ride a bike! :D Hopefully getting my license before school starts again.

Well, here's a doodle i did for fun a week ago. I am actually working on a birthday piece for a psychobilly music lovin' friend of mine. Gathering refs from Betty Page and etc.

Currently making mix cds for 3-4 people... and if you're interested, you can check out what my music tastes are like on my podcast, ONIGIRI SPECIAL.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

still working on papercraft and etc

I am working on this Howl's Moving Castle papercraft and it is nearly done. My entry for Jerk and Draw is now going to be late. :CCCCCCCCCCCCCC

You will see some roughs and etc by the end of the night. Fighting Chuck E. Cheese and a Russian Juggling Bear awaits.

Also purchased art books at a book sale. I LOVE BOOKS.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Keep evolving.

It is now the end of freshman year at CCS and I have much to do to become an illustrator. The biggest challenger I face is myself- for the next 2 months, and forever after that. I have learned a great deal from the people I have met.

I am slowly packing away my life at CCS and it is very sentimental. The immense freedom I have to become myself personally and professionally has been summed up in this statement:

"In life, you are not discovering yourself as much as you are making yourself."*

and with that, I have a few photos to show my progress.

*this is paraphrased from this quotation:
“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself."
George Bernard Shaw

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

painting some more!

So I finished up the ol' Kilpatrick thing.... here's some photos:

and now I'm working on this (starring my friends Joni and Brian):

Late night painting with my best friend Nescafe Taster's Choice + Hazelnut Creamer!