Thursday, December 31, 2009

Goodbye 2009 ...

... hello 2010.
I don't know about you guys, but I'm going to be saying it "Twenty Ten."
...

maelgwyn on Tegaki E


To a new year!
:D

Friday, December 25, 2009

STUPID

MERRY CHRISTMAS MAGGOTS.

So I doodled this while painting my digital final.
:T

WHAT IS THIS I DON'T EVEN...!


This is what happens when THIS and THIS are viewed in the same week.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Digital Painting Final

WELL, more like, first draft of.
I painted this in pretty much one huge sitting. YEAH.
I'm happy with it... but it could be a LOT better.
SO.
Go forth and critique.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

BYUIA T-Shirt Design Contest

Not sure when we'll hear the results, but this was the design I submitted:


Are we seeing a pattern yet?
:>

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Owl Process

I can't remember if I ever uploaded these images here, but well, here they are.
People have been asking me lately HOW I DID IT. (you can see "IT" here)
Well.
Read on, and I'll tell you. In nauseating detail.




"HOW I DID IT"
A small novel :I

I originally had the beginnings of a gouache painting on this board, but then I decided I didn't like it, so I gessoed over it with a thin coat of non-acrylic based gesso (the kind that feels chalky when dry).
You could still see some of the painting underneath but I was going to tone the board and then paint over it with acrylic anyway, so it didn't matter. (If you do this, also make sure to turn the board upside down so anything left showing through is harder to recognize. You can save a lot of time/money this way.)

Then I drew my owl in with blue ColErase pencil and toned it with burnt sienna (or something similar) gouache which dried funny (kinda looked like water stains or tea stains).
Then I noticed that it looked like clouds. This is called a very happy accident. I kept the cloud-looking-shapes and painted in a rim light eventually.
Then I painted in my lines (I wanted a more comic-book art feel to this piece) and general value patterns (image on right).
I love making this CRAZY texture with matte medium, so, using a sponge brush (cheap-o kind from the craft store) I put the texture down by dabbing it on the board.

When painting in acrylic it is important to remember that hairdryers are your friends. The heat + moving air will help dry an acrylic piece quickly and will save you (again) time/money.
(RANDOM HINT: the same thing applies to drying oil paintings, but instead use an incandescent (heat producing) bulb and shine it on your painting. The heat will help the oils fix faster. Non air-blowing space heaters work well too. Never put your painting in the oven though, it will darken it.)
ANYWAY.

Then I painted. It was a little hard to paint over that nice texture on his jacket (right image) but I had a lot of fun with this. I love doing little landscapes in the backgrounds (look at the Mona Lisa, Madonna of the Rocks etc there are a lot of little beautiful back grounds on those old paintings).

I hope this helps.

I subscribe to the thought that when all's said and done, I'm not afraid of anyone "stealing" my "process." Please. If anything I'd LOVE to see folks learn from this and make it better.
Yes, that WAS a challenge.

Good luck!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Western Sketches

YAY! *Kermit Flail*
This is what my sketchbook pages look like in the book:


And then with the magic of Photoshop:


:D
Plz to be enjoying these here cowboys.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

We are LIVE

I have just made a "Portfolio Blog" for myself, please check it out!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Jon Foster Lecture Notes

Recently Mr. Jon Foster came and lectured at BYU, so here are my notes for what they're worth: here as a Google Doc.

:)

Please to enjoy, and I hope they aren't too cryptic.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Because all can I do is CUTE :(

It was my roommate's birthday, like, FOREVER AGO.
Thus: Hedgehogs.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Am I asleep...?

"Am I asleep...? Have I slept?"


The inside cover of my sketchbook... that I'm almost done with.
:/

ALSO: HINT. I like set 2.
:)

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

MY FINAL Part I

ALL OF THESE STILL NEED WORK
PLEASE BE AS HARSH AS YOU CAN AND TELL ME WHAT YOU HATE

Final Part I
All my projects of this semester Sans the Final Project.

Her Majesty's Courier

Sir Crow Goes Walking
Bring collar up more, fix path make everything look like it belongs.


DEY'RE IN LUV

Sir Owl Poses for His Portrait
(fixed the values on this one)

Tessa Grab Yo' GUN

Washington Landscape

Painted this while on vacation in Washington at the beginning of summer.
Hm.