Wednesday, September 13, 2006
I'm not sure if you can call three images a "dump", but here they are. The last image I saw a drawing of Ariel that Glen Keane did, and I could see so many construction lines, I tried to copy it. I came out with a somewhat similar looking Ariel, but I like the way he constructs his heads. After all, he is the master. I'm trying to get into form and shadow rather than line. I've found a new favorite pencil (that happens on a daily basis) and it is the "Turquoise". It's dark and smooth, and is a joy to draw with. The only drawback is that it smears easily. I still think my alltime favorite is the "Ebony" pencil. Well, the first two were attempts at getting back to knowing my anatomy and construction. I've got a ways to go as you can see. Both were from my head.
Thursday, September 07, 2006
With this sketch, I was trying to forget about noodling right off the bat and focus on just getting shapes down. Took me about 15 minutes. I need to do about a hundred more of these. My lighting seems to always kill me. I guess it's practice, practice, practice.
Wednesday, September 06, 2006
Tonight I really got the itch to oil paint. I think it was all that staring at amazing art on Ryan Wood, Adam Ford, Mark Behm, Dave McClellan, Dave Malan, and a ton of other's bolgs. They amaze me. Makes me want to paint and draw more and more. Man, I need it. This is oil on paper. I began using oil on paper in college, and fell in love with it. It is somewhat smooth, but keeps a bit of a tooth, shows the brush strokes a bit from the gesso, and is light and easy to store. I remembered something the hard way tonight...don't use Ivory Black as your black when doing a grisaille painting...it turns blue when mixed with white! Mars Black all the way. Doing this tonight was punishing...but worth it. I needed it, and I need to get better, that's for sure.
Last week I took my family up to Oregon for a family reunion. While we were there, we visited Portland's Japanese Gardens. They were absolutely breathtaking. I'm going to have to paint some of these pictures. My wife made fun of me because I was taking so many pictures and drooling. I could live there.