Wednesday, November 30, 2011

On Surreal Art...

So I'm a big fan of surrealist art. I wish I had time to create more of it. It's not really something we're doing in Children's Book, and it's absolutely against the law in Painting the Human Head. So the only time I get to do it is in Digital Painting for Illustration. I did something a little surreal for the speed paint today, but it's not too out there. Peter gave us the trigger phrase: "The world is planted in pennies."

Monday, November 28, 2011

Back to class...

Here is the speed paint from today. Trigger word: Castle.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

On Digital Painting Progress...

Here's the progress I printed for Peter's class. Still a WIP, but I like it.

Monday, November 21, 2011


Thanksgiving speed paints:

"Zombie turkey"

"Steampunk pilgrim"

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

On Pooh...

So I love Winnie the Pooh. I feel like he's a zen-master. Here is a speedpaint from yesterday. It was inspired by the trigger phrase: "The bear and the bees." I used watercolor effects in Painter, trying to get the look of the original illustrations from AA Milne's stories:

Sunday, November 13, 2011

On Oz...

So I really love L. Frank Baum's work. I don't think that I can do it justice with this medium, not yet. I have been able to capture my vision for a reimagining of Oz. You can see it here.

Here is my second painting in the digital painting Oz project. I think it's better than the first one, but Peter didn't say that in critique. He did say it specific others though. And then he said at the end, "For the most part, everyone is improving." Maybe I'm one of those that make up the least part. But I'm probably being too sensitive. It was chosen by the class to go up on the board with the top four paintings. So that's nice. Although it didn't hold a candle to the other pieces.

This scene depicts when the heroes of Oz meet the kalidahs (blood-thirsty tiger-bears) and have to run away. In the book, they have to cross a vast canyon and the kalidahs are behind them. The Scarecrow hatches a plan, the Lion pushes a giant tr

ee so the trunk falls across the crevasse, then they cross. As the kalidahs begin to cross behind them, the Tinman chops the trunk away on their side and the kalidahs fall to their death.

I wanted to create a little different situation with the fallen bridge. The Tinman is buying them time to escape as he faces the kalidahs with his axe. It's a little reminiscent of a later scene, where the Tinman kills forty wolves that are sent to kill them by the Wicked Witch of the West.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

On Musings...

Sometimes I just want to sit and think. My brain is going all the time anyway, but wouldn't it be nice for the body to stop and the brain to have the leisure to just drift over musings? Sometimes referred to as meditation or contemplation or having two seconds to just STOP.

So I just wrote a whole paragraph complaining about how I have no time. But why would I sit here and do that? I am instead going to write a list of things over which I would like to muse:

Papasan sofas
Original works of fiction
Undersea life
My son's laugh
What happened to George Lucas
Reflected light
The movement of planets

And now,

to bed.

Friday, November 4, 2011

On Speed Painting...

So I never really knew what speed-painting was. In oil, a painting in one sitting is called alla prima, and I've done that before. But I wasn't familiar with the term speed-paint. Now I do speed paints all the time. Not that they're that good, but I really like them. Even if I can't create exactly the textures and mood I would if I were an expert, it's nice to be able to convey the basic idea.

Here are some speed paints from Peter's class. They're supposed to be one hour, but they're more like 45 to 50 minutes, because we sift through reference photos once Peter gives us our trigger word or phrase.

Peter said, "Paint something Halloweenie."

"Tree portrait" -

"Flower-bot" - Peter said, "Looks like someone's been reading too much Oz."

"Turtle" - penguin mixed with anything is rad.

"Saint George and the Dragon" - I like the idea of storytime with a dragon.

"Fish Out of Water" - Denise goes, "What...?" I said, "I dunno."