Saturday, January 30, 2010

16 months...

I'm a little surprised that this has gone as far as it has. I usually stop working on personal pieces when school is in session. Well, school be damned, because here's Almost Done Austin.

Take care.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

I need direction to perfection...

So help me out, yeah? What do you think?

This one abandons the textbook approach. I think I want to introduce hand drawn and cut out elements to these, but I would have to actually draw or cut something. This is good for a jumping off point.

This time, the lovely text comes from this essay.

Take care.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Mock up...

This is a sort of "sketch" for my senior thesis. I want to do pieces about creativity in the brain; innovation as a physiological process. My instructors seem to understand what I want to communicate, but they have trouble visualizing it. I made this as a sort of example.

I don't plan on making all the images like textbook formats, but I do want to use photomanipulations and concrete research. The text in this image comes from this lovely essay.

What do you think?

Take care.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Saving throw...

As you know by now, dear reader, I have a lot of trouble with digital painting. But, I wanted to do more with this. As I said earlier, it doesn't look a whole lot like him. However, as a dear friend told me, it captures a certain amount of his spirit and personality.

I find that I often have trouble with likeness. I like to think a lot of artists do. Technical skills take me only so far, but at some point, I think the drawing becomes alive in a certain way. I can't draw a picture that looks exactly like someone, especially if I have an emotional connection to that someone. Maybe I don't want to draw just their face?

I don't know.

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This is the first time I've inked a drawing like this, so it looks kind of...not too sharp in some places, but overall I like the look. I'll get better. Give me time.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Hello, my ghost...

Behold! The stone, it gleams like gold.
Austin. I'm not super satisfied with this; it resembles him, certainly, but I don't know that it really looks like him. This sketch was interesting. It felt like it took on a life of its own early on; I don't think I was ever in total control of it. Turned out more cartoon-y than Zac's. I like to think it wanted to be that way.

I'm an owl on the sill in the evening.
My son. The reference for this sketch was an old photo; he was sleeping in the car (leaning against the window) on the way to a fencing tournament, so I caught him at a rare strange expression-free moment. It's a beautiful photo. The sketch isn't too bad either.

Check out their misdeeds here.

Back from vacation.

Take care.