Thursday, April 26, 2012

On Quotable Quotes

A recently heard quote from Nate Call:

Dear Corel,

WTF?

Sincerely,
Everyone

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

On Caricatures . . .

Our final assignment with Richard was a "conceptual portrait".  Most of us interpreted this to be caricature.  Nate Call and I ended up with the same assignment (which we thought was weird, considering no one else got repeats), and we decided to talk to Richard about it.  I told Nate I didn't want to do Richard Nixon.  For reasons threefold.  1. There are about a bazillion caricatures of Nixon online and I thought I might copy one on accident.  2. I didn't want to compete against Nate.  3. I wanted to use the word "threefold".

So Richard assigned me Andy Warhol.  *sigh*  At least I didn't get Lady Gaga, which caricature Adam Munoa pulled off with aplomb.

So here are a few of my classmates' pieces, see if you can guess who the caricatures are:

Artist: James Allen 

Artist: Micah Larsen

There are more that I will post once I get images for them.

And here's mine:


Richard had no criticism.  So I must assume this piece is ... flawless?

Yay me.  I've arrived.


Friday, April 20, 2012

On the Apocalypse...

I have always been fascinated with tales of the apocalypse. Or post-apocalypse. Here is a piece that I did for Richard's class that reminds me of the apocalypse. Adam Munoa complimented me on it. That's a shot in the arm, especially coming from Adam.

Anyway, I like this piece. I did some experimentation with line and I think it turned out well. Richard told me to get reference for the ripples, which were just afterthoughts. I agree with him. I'm calling this piece, Tales from the Apocalypse.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

On Album Covers...


I've always found album covers fascinating. What image a band will choose to convey the feel of this particular album...

And so the world turns. I took a couple of private art lessons from a guy in my TX ward about five years ago. One of the first assignments he gave me was to design a CD cover. I learned a lot from him in a very short amount of time . . . Mostly things about how I could actually do art as a job (he was an art director at an animation studio in Dallas) and how I had artistic potential as an illustrator. Here is a CD cover assignment I did for him:


It was supposed to be nonobjective and black & white. I did three and this was my favorite one. I was listening to a ton of music at that time (mostly dark stuff). Pretty much constantly. Now I don't listen to music as much. I think I was trying to drown out some aspects of my life, and now my life kind of has its own soundtrack and I like it.

So Ryan Wood assigned us an album cover for our final project this semester. The band needed to be made up, along with the genre of music. The album art needed to fit the genre. I love how creative our class got. Here are my favorites from the class:


Kari Larsen: "Hide and Seek" by Ember, indie female musician EP. I keep trying to tell Kari she's a good artist, and she keeps denying it. Every once in a while, she'll completely blow me away. I adore this piece. I'm going to see if I can finagle a print from her. The line quality in the hair made me go, "Whaaaa -?" Beautiful, elegant work.
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Adam Munoa - "She Ate My Brains" by Zombabilly - Rockabilly/Zombie. I like zombies and I like Adam's depiction of them. Click here for another cool one. This made me laugh. Modeling, hair, texture, humor, all good. Overall, Zombabilly = WIN.
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Frankie Kriegjacado - "Starchild Hoodie" by Pebble Shrine Engineers, 90's alternative rock. I love the line art, I love the nebula reflection in the helmet, I love the palette. Also, I don't know how many of you know this, but I want to be an astronaut when I grow up. This piece was a tiny bit of fantasy fulfillment. So thanks, Frankie!
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Stewart Craig - Self-titled album by Reverie, "sort of a pop rock synth type 80's band". We watched a Prince vid from 1986 to get in the mood for this piece. You don't even need a description of this band to see the sound, do you? Stoo is a wizard with droplets. I'm glad he got to use them.
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Nate Call - "Terra Firma" by Sky Kings, indie folk band that is "awesome." I love the overlay pieces of color making up the hand. And the little branch is great. Nice design to the fingers, very organic. Love it. I'm not sure why, but Nate's art really speaks to me. Good job, especially with the time constraints. (!!)
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And here's mine; comp stage, line art and assignment:

Did the comp on the iPad in ArtRage. I REALLY like the watercolor engine for ArtRage, it just looks so textural and interesting.
Here's the line art for the piece. I really liked how it turned out, so I wanted to share that stage. This is my daughter, Calista.
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Here's the final. Tried to use the digital watercolor engine in Painter 12. There were some issues that I didn't know how to deal with, but I think I will improve with more practice. My band is an indie folk band, "awesome" like Nate's. Band: The Night Watch. Album: Somnambulation.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

On Artistic Faces...


So we had our critique tonight with Ryan Wood on our hat self-portraits. It was a very good critique, mostly because the pieces were so good. I'm so impressed with the painters in that class. Everyone has made so much progress!

Most artists have done self-portraits during their career. It's a good exercise. VanGogh did 37. They say Rembrandt did tons. Here are some of my favorites from class:

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And here's mine. I like it.
Painter 12, Wacom Intuos 4

the end.