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Discover a Muse/End of Week 6 (A bit over due)

June 1st, 2010

12WC_week6

So here I am on the first day of week 8 posting my last image for week 6. I’ve been hustling, but never could make up the time from the about face I made at the mid point of week 5. However now I’m finished and I hope to be back on track by the week’s end.

The final image I chose to do was kind of a two for one for me. Prior to the 12 Week Challenge I’d run across a contest run by the most excellent ArtOrder blog who joined forces with Veronika Kotajic for this particular challenge. This was an awesome contest, run by an awesome blog (one I can’t believe it took me so long to stumble across), oh and judged by awesome judges. All for a good cause to boot? Sign me up.

It posed a lot of interesting problems for me. Not the least of which were the delivery dimensions. The final output was set for 13.5″ x 17″. Since I work traditionally I like to work larger pieces at least a bit larger than the final. In order to let scaling tighten up the image for me just a bit. So the original ended up being 16.875″ x 21.25″ so around twice as big as I have been working lately. It proved to be a lot of fun. I plan to work on more drawings at a larger scale as my schedule allows it in the near future.

Any way here’s what I was able to come up with this week. Let me know what you think.

muse-web

***ETA*** In my haste to post this I left off the link to Veronika’s page, and any mention of her being part of hosting this contest.

12wkch, Projects

Process Post Redux

April 1st, 2010

layout 2small

I’ve finally had the time to go back and start reworking this poster project. The previous incarnation to me felt a little stiff, like I’d forced so much stuff into the image none of it had room to move. So beyond a compositional reshuffle I tried to add a little more oomph to the characters. Especially bringing the main figure out more and making him more prominent. It should be noted a logo will be taking up that GIANT empty area at the bottom of the page.

I’ll stare at it a bit tomorrow, and then I’ll start laying paint down.

As always thoughts welcome!

B Movie, Lost Futures, Process Work, Projects

Quiet on the front.

March 12th, 2010

By now I should have been posting updates to my process post stuff. With pictures where you could actually see what’s going on. Instead I’ve gone to ground on it and decided I just didn’t think I was producing something that was as interesting as it should be.

It’s the double edged sword of personal work I guess. I have the luxury of no deadline staring me in the face telling me I can’t go back. But at the same time I have no deadline staring me in the face threatening to shoot if I retreat.

And that was at least one too many weapon metaphors for a single short paragraph.

So to sum up my last week for those playing along at home.

I’ve restarted a poster design, returning all the way to the thumbnail stage. After having the old style all the way to compositing and adding type.

Building up/refurbishing a mailing list. Terribly unexciting but terribly necessary.

Less talk more art soon I hope.

B Movie, Lost Futures, Process Work, Projects

Last of the series.

March 5th, 2010

maasassi

This was the last of the series I produced before the show. I actually finished it the Thursday before the opening.

For now I’m probably going to let the stained paper work rest just a bit as I recharge some. I did learn a lot from doing these, and that’s always the goal. In fact doing these have convinced me to restart the poster I’ve been working on. So starting soon the Process Posts will return, but I’m headed back to the beginning I believe.

This week has been mostly about the business end of things. Making a mailing list has really sucked up much of my time. And I’m still only a fraction of the way through. Necessary but data entry and fact checking is not a very relaxing way to spend my days.

Projects, Scribbles

Winding down on this series for now

March 4th, 2010

guns

This was a concept thrown out to me by Chris Horrorshow. At the time of doing this one I was down to two more images to create before the opening and I was drawing a bit of a blank. Chris threw the concept of an old west gun crossed by a ray gun at me. After hearing that I only had to come up with one more concept. This one practically drew itself.

I need to draw more guns. Especially LASER guns.

Projects, Scribbles

It’s a BIRD! It’s a…no wait it IS a bird.

March 3rd, 2010

sparrow

This is a House Sparrow. I had no idea that “house” was an indicator of a separate breed of these things until I was grabbing reference for this bird drawing. Clearly I should be on the Audubon Society’s short list of illustrators*, with thoughts like “Oh There ARE different kinds of Sparrow. Would you look at that?”

Maybe I should erase that line and scour the House sparrow wiki to act like I’m knowledgeable or something?

Nah, I doubt that would fool anybody, at least those that know me in person.

*If I ever manage to land a job with them, you’ll be cool and not point out what an idiot I am right? Right?

Projects, Scribbles

It would only be cooler if it were smoking.

March 2nd, 2010

monkey

Any new technique or style I work with has to pass the ape test. Yes I’m aware the file is named Monkey!, and this is a chimp. It’s okay I assure you. Tarzan called a Chimp Cheetah, clearly they have no special identity issues.

Projects, Scribbles

Another drawing from the show

March 1st, 2010

steampunk-lowres

More coffee stain drawings to come this week.

I’ll do a write up on the opening at some point this week. However on the off chance anyone who was there is A) reading this and B) took pictures while people were there, that would be awesome to know. I ended up running off at the mouth at anyone and everyone who wanted to talk. And promptly forgot to take any of the pictures I planned to take. But talking to so many awesome people was worth forgetting the one task I’d set for myself honest.

Long story short I’m still really pleased with how things went. And I’m stoked to hopefully do this all over again soon!

And when I do, here’s hoping my son won’t have a whirlwind flu bug come through the day before the opening causing him and my wife to miss out on the fun part. Sorry family! Next time.

Also Richmond, I’m still impressed with how quickly 200 chicken nuggets were eaten. Amazing.

Projects, Scribbles

Geiko (芸子)

February 26th, 2010

geiko

Pencil, brushed ink, White colored pencil, white china marker, white gouache, on coffee stained water color paper. 4″x6″.

I started doing these as an experiment, and ended up liking the results enough that I’ve done ten in the last two weeks between preparing for tonight’s opening. Come on by if you can and check them out. At the very least you can partake in the refreshments.

Projects, Scribbles

Variations on a theme.

February 23rd, 2010

soldier_0

Another in the current series. Shamelessly exploiting my fascination for World War I era gas masks.

Projects, Scribbles