Friday, April 30, 2010

Painting Class 4.29.2010 (and other stuff)

Well... I apparently left my memory card in the computer rather than putting it in the camera where it should be... 




At least I had my phone-cam with me. Below is the only evidence... a better pic will follow next time I get to the school to take a better pic; with a memory card! ;)

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Illustration Class 4.28.2010

Old work, new materials, crazy fun times in illustration class... 


a little revisit to this unfinished drawing from a few weeks ago; somewhere, somehow this is a part of one of my final (I am doing 2 or 3) Illustration narratives.


So there have been a few materials that I have been itching to use for the past while; one of these is walnut ink. (easy to make? find out!) 

I learned about walnut ink (as well as other inks such as Iron Gall and the ubiquitous India) many years ago in the earlier days of my artistic education (and Modern Marvels), but never had I given much consideration to using it... I used India a lot back in the day, but gave it up in favor of a drafting ink (which technically IS an "India" ink... but whatever). But at the beginning of the semester I saw a few classmates working with Walnut ink and later found it was upon the suggestion of various instructors... my curiosity was, of course, piqued. 

No art store had real Walnut ink in stock. "WHERE," I ask myself, (and no one else) "are all these kids getting all this Walnut ink?!"

Weeks... nay, months go by and come to find out that my school art store sells it. 
Hiding in plain site.
I bought some...
...apparently some dude in Cambridge cooks up the stuff and sells it.

In the Fall, as others of you probably also have done, I have picked up the fallen walnuts, torn open the husks, had my hand stained for days, and wondered "I wonder what the heck this looks like on paper?" is my chance! ;)

This was completely random... wound up looking like Ahab/Popeye's love child with a conehead.

A Lion!

Woman carrying child.

LASTLY (but not leastly ;)

The other material I have been wanting to try is gouache. Yes yes, I am an aspiring illustrator and I have NEVER used gouache before... I can barely spell it! I am not going to be as long winded about it as I was with Walnut ink, but rather just let these few progress pieces speak for themselves...

It's like (tube) watercolor, but opaque... ish.  A traditional illustrators medium.

All for now.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Drawing Class 4.26.2010

So... where the F did the semester go? 

Tonight was the last "drawing" class of the semester; next week is a semester crit of our work over this half of the school-year. I guess I'll worry about that come next week, but in the meantime (the in-between time) I'll offer up the drawings from tonight!

My instructor actually liked where I was heading with these -- and then I decided to get a bit wacky (ok ok... I got a bit tired and ran for my happy place; but I still tried to mix it up a bit)


Then one last one back to black and white...

Monday, April 26, 2010

Some painting progress...

Some recent updating on my paintings...

and some from tonight!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

illustration class (in absentia) 4.21.2010

progress on my final projects for illustration class... not many words... tired.

 and the new piece... so far, but it's close... 

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Hey... how the heck did that happen?

Somehow in the midst of all my other posting and work I succeeded in neglecting to update the progress of this piece. It is, so you know, a portion of one of my final illustration projects. 

Without any further ado...

Dioramas & Still-lives (Lifes?)... Illustration and Painting Class (Wk of 4/16)

As part of the final projects in my illustration class, we were asked to recall a strong memory (good or bad) where the location (or room) was a focal point... well, I was unable to conceive of a particular "event" so I just went with the room that my memory of is that strongest... that just so happens to be the bedroom I occupied in my mothers house during my High-school (and later pre-Ireland) years.

Crazy lighting above, huh?

Going up the stairs... a view seen 10,000 times.

the old vines on the wall... and my uncles drafting table he let me borrow for many a year. The painting shown on the table here was not done back when I lived here, but rather in 2008... I just thought it would be fun ;)

Below you will see a little in-class work from last weeks illustration class... not thrilled with how it's turning out, but it does need a bit more work...

Below is some more illustration, but this time home-work. Since I was less-than-pleased with the previous incarnation of this copy-plate that I tried in a wash (the Moleskine does not seem to care very much for the wet media) I went back to a traditional pencil/graphite approach for this.


...we went back to the still-life. For this project we were glazing --
which is a style (or, technique) of oil painting.

I had finished the monochromatic under-painting, and so began the layering of colors onto the canvas...

Though the subject matter is far from exciting, I was quite pleased with the end result. (if you look closely, you can see a lot of color in the white walls and shadow)

More next week!