Saturday, May 16, 2009

Life Drawing

Its the 21st Century and all the motels got wi-fi (traveling these days), so I thought I would upload the last set of work from the semester that I had planned to do before leaving SF for the summer. Did not have any figure drawing classes last semester, so I spent time at the quick studies and clothed figure workshop. So much to work on, but feel like I have managed to boost my learning curve a lot. Hopefully I'll pick up this post in a year from now and have fun comparing.

1,2 & 3 mins:

20 mins:

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Three last paintings of the semester

The first painting of the woman and the chair is a composite from two photos on Masonite board. I tried out Coles Phillip's Fade-away technique on the shawl, which I though was fairly successful. Seeing as the large shape of the figure is of to the left I was spending some time balancing it out with the more saturation, dark value and hue variation to the right of the picture plane.

The second piece is top view of wall street commenting on the near religious view a lot of people have of the capitalist economic dogma of todays america. Even in a time where the system has proven to be flawed people reserve their critiscism to mere details. The centered, strong and powerful composition was meant to build up on that. I believe the idea was a good one, but limited by my own lack of experience this one fell apart in execution. Did learn invaluable lessons on value pattern, saturation of lights/darks and shapes.

The third piece is a painting done for an in-class session on the figure in composition. I photographed the same pose from three different perspectives, then composited the figure together in photoshop without merging them. The idea is that the figure and composition study is of the same surgical nature as a dissection of meat.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Illustrative Digital Imaging final

Right in the middle of finals week, and as usual the stubble is uncontrollable and my pants are covered in oil paint. However, if I manage to wake up tomorrow morning and hand in my last final, a three week roadtrip is waiting around the corner. - Good things comes to those who wait (or some other cheesy thing people say)

For my final digital painting assignment we had a group project. The brief we were assigned stated we had to work with a mix of an archaic and a futuristic society. Collectively we decided on a mix of 70% Roman culture and 30% Star Wars (that first movie). We were assigned either two characters or an environment, and seeing as I still had not done any characters for this class I was glad to get the choice of our cultures evil emperor and his evil general.

Working with thumbnail character studies was a true eye-opener, and a small example of the ones I did can be seen underneath.

I finally installed my wacom tablet driver, - yeah I have been working all semester without pressure sensitivity (!). And managed to work with looser, more solid brushstrokes on this one. This made the painting part a lot quicker, and even though these were a bit rushed I am very happy with the learning process here.