Wednesday, March 28, 2012

On Self-Portraits...


I've done a lot of self-portraits. When I was going through therapy, I found my messed up brain really fascinating. So I did a lot of introspection and self-exploration through self-portraits. Here are some I have done over the years:


"2D ME" - ink on paper, 8.5"x11"
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"Modern Medicine" - Ink on paper, 8.5"x11"
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"Supplication" - Acrylic on canvas, 24"x36"
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"Cracked" - Ballpoint and digital
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"Secret" - Photoshop
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"Let Go" - Digital


"Deus Ex Machina" - Photoshop
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"Sprung A Leak" - Photoshop
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"The Birthday" - digital
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"Bad-Ass Elora" - Digital

Wow, so angsty. But some of them are happier. Anyway, I think self-portraits are interesting. We get to see how artists see themselves. So Ryan Wood assigned us to do a self-portrait with a hat. And eyes. And no other parts of the face. So here's my comp:


This is my hat from my steampunk costume. I like it. Also, Geary did the ribbon work on the hat. You can't tell how awesome it is, cuz there's no form yet. But it's awesome. I will make changes based on Ryan Wood's notes on comp critique. Then I will post the final.

The end.

ps. I like the eyes.




Monday, March 26, 2012

On Good Fortune...


I collect fortunes from fortune cookies. I have lots of them. I have a bunch in my wallet and Tyler and I started to put them in a jar in our kitchen. I am not really superstitious about anything. But I am a little stitious about fortune cookies. I can't open one until I have finished my food, because it would be bad luck. I save them to if they will come true. Some of them have! I feel fortune cookies have a little bit of magic that we can crack open and carry around with us. How often to we get to have our fortunes foretold?

I hate fortune cookies that have advice and no fortune. Like: "Eat your vegetables." How much of a let-down is that? But here's a ridiculous double standard: my favorite fortune I've gotten from a cookie said, "Love."

So Richard Hull gave us an assignment where we had to illustrate a fortune cookie phrase. I asked him if we could bring our own. He said no way.

So here's the phrase I got: You will make many changes before settling satisfactorily.

Here's what I came up with:

A Haddon Hubbard Sundblom paper doll in modern clothing. And it's kinda autobiographical, except for the fringed vest. Really.

I will make changes based on Richard's critique. But he said, "This is a really stellar, really fantastic idea. You students here at UVU can really think!" And then he said all I needed to do was get my technique up to the level of my ideas. "You're almost there though," he said. "You're really close."

So that's nice.

Monday, March 19, 2012

On Mashups...


Mashups are intensely awesome creations made by mashing two awesome things together. I love mashups, especially ones that are done well. Here are some of my favorites:


Okay, a lot of those are Star Wars. I like Star Wars.

New assignment for Ryan Wood's Digital Painting for Illustration II: Texture creature. I decided to make a mashup. Mashing together the awesomeness of a sea tortoise with the awesomeness of an octopus. Creating the uber-awesome TORCTOPUS. (Well, the idea is uber-awesome.)

We needed a creature with at least three textures, riding, driving or using some kind of vehicle. So here are a couple of steps in the process:

First, the line drawing, just graphite on paper.

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Scanned in the drawing and opened it in Painter 12. Added some color for the comp review. Ryan's notes: flatten shell with more gentle curve, lengthen front arms and raise up scooter, bring in more color variation to the octopus section. You can also see some of my reference.
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Here is the final painting. Some of the contrast was lost in the flattening, but you get the idea. Happy torctopus.

What are your favorite mashups?

Here are some other paintings, my favorites from class:

Adam Munoa - Bear driving a Rat Rod
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Meghan Belluomini - Goat driving a lawn mower bicycle.
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Micah Larsen - Musk ox driving a tractor.

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Nate Call - Lizard flying a jet pack
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Stewart Craig - Rooster driving a segway.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

On Positive Thinking...


We hear all the time about how we should be positive. Relentless positivity is a good thing, right? Well according to the article Richard Hull assigned me to illustrate, it's not. In fact, positive thinking can be a trap. The basic idea: without any critical feedback, or recognition of negative aspects that need to be corrected, mediocrity will reign supreme.

One thing we are used to in the UVU Illustration program: critical feedback.


We don't walk around smiling with bear traps on our heads. We walk around like this:

Especially after critique.