Saturday, December 22, 2007
It's been a long time since I've been outside painting. I love doing it, just haven't had the opportunity lately.
So here's an old one that I did not feel was successful at the time. Had no idea how to get the willow's branches NOT to look dense and heavy. Still, I like the directness of the foreground. Always fun to be outside smearing paint.
Friday, December 21, 2007
For sale: 5" x 7", oil on canvas. $100.
I've been tagged. Twice. by Jason and Dan
I'm crazy busy now illustrating a children's book, but I'll do what I can.
The rules of Tagging:
1. Link to your tagger and post these rules on your blog.
2. Share 5 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.
3. Tag 5 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.
4. Let them know they are tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.
1. I like Spam. (The tinned meat, fried crispy, yumm.)
2. I was nuts enough to do this.
3. I once shook the hand of Roy Rogers.
4. I still have my Roy Rogers lunch box.
5. My highest paying freelance job was illustrating a single hair follicle for a Rogaine TV spot.
1. J. Matt Miller
2. Terry Miura
3. Aaron Coberly
4. Steve Atkinson
5. Xiangyuan Jie
Monday, December 17, 2007
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Sunday, December 2, 2007
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
Friday, October 12, 2007
I thought it might be interesting to see the process I go through on a drawing.
Drawing can be described as simply putting the right value down in the right place. That's just what I'm attempting to do here; broadly establish the tones so I can begin comparing their relationships to each other.
My drawing teacher, the great Bill Parks used to hammer into us: "If you are drawing without comparing, you are drawing without seeing!"
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Friday, October 5, 2007
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Friday, September 21, 2007
More quick sketches. Ball point pen again. Not an attempt at perfection, but an exercise in maintaining the right approach. It's very easy to get sucked into rendering features. Instead, I'm trying to model a solid structure in space. You have to build the frame of the house before you can put up the vinyl siding.
As Sargent said: "If you work on a head for a week without indicating the features you will have learnt something about the modeling of the head."
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Sunday, September 9, 2007
Friday, September 7, 2007
Draw, draw, draw. Worked in ballpoint pen to force me to get the structure right before putting in the features, since there's no erasing. Sargent (the great master) used to work until he got the eye socket just right, and only then put the eye in "like an egg on a plate".
Thursday, September 6, 2007
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Over the next few days I'll be running illustrations that for one reason or another, (generally clients or bosses who were WRONG, WRONG, WRONG!) never ran.
Baccus here was for our newspaper's Sunday magazine section's annual booze issue. I imagined the old boy snoozing after stomping out a harvest's load of grapes. My editor felt readers would think he was blotto. (Of course, it also had nothing to do with running a nekid man on the cover in the Sunday paper, no, no.) What do you think?
I wanted to keep the colors clean and simple like the sketch. Oh, well. Artus interruptus.
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Subtle or bold, I think working intricacies of color to be the aspect of painting that gives me the deepest satisfaction.
It's hard to see at this scale, but there's a little bit of orange in the blue, and bits of blue in the oranges. The green harmonizes everything. I loved painting this.
Monday, August 27, 2007
In honor of the end of summer, a random passage from Lin Yutang's work of genius: 'The Importance of Living':
"The three great American vices seem to be efficiency, punctuality and the desire for achievement and success. They are the things that make Americans so unhappy and nervous. They steal from them their inalienable right of loafing and cheat them of many a good, idle and beautiful afternoon."