Friday, March 16, 2012

Did I mention I have a tumblr?

Hi there friends!

I think I forgot to mention that I finally set up my tumblr, There's nothing there that you, faithful readers, haven't already seen - it's more like a nice, neat way for me to showcase what I consider to be 'the good stuff' and for new people to see my work without having to endure my babble. If you'd like to check it out, please do! It's pretty!

And as a thank-you for enduring that redundant bit of self-promotion, here's the painting I did today in class! My first not-terrible attempt at using color, I'm rather pleased with it. Have a good weekend!

Oil on canvas board, 11 x 14"


Thursday, March 8, 2012

I drew some more heads.

I had a portrait assignment in every one of my classes last week, so that was fun. I guess this is a good opportunity to do an overview post of my semester so far, since I haven't posted anything school-related yet and it's already WEEKSIXholycraphowdidthathappen, so here we go, a head for each class:

pastel on grey charcoal paper, 18 x 24"

First up: Sustained Figurative Concepts, a long-pose figure-drawing class taught by the head of the Graduate Illustration department, Bill Maughan. It's a challenging class to be sure, my first experience with pastels, which I like a lot more than I expected to. This was our first (and only, so far) homework assignment of the semester, and it turned out okaaay. My least favorite of these three, I think. There are a couple of things I'd like to fix after critique yesterday, but I went and left my pastels in my locker so nevermind.

oil on canvasboard, 11x14"

Next up: Portrait Painting. Can't quite complain about having a portrait assignment for this class, can I? (Sorry about the quality of this photo, by the way, it's from my phone because I left the painting at school to dry.) My friend Alice was kind enough to be my reference for this one (in a photo, of course). Next assignment is to paint this again with a limited palette.. we'll see how that goes.


And finally: Digital Painting. Ohhh, the workload in this class. I imagine it's easier for people who are more familiar with Photoshop than myself, but I have to spend a ridiculous amount of time each week doing these assignments because my workflow in Photoshop is so slow it's like learning to use a pencil all over again. The assignment was, obviously, to do a portrait, and since I've been watching a lot of Sherlock lately and because Benedict Cumberbatch has an awesome face, I did one of him. I'm not super happy with the reference I ended up using - I wanted a better angle, but I couldn't exactly take the photo myself.. anyway, this one turned out pretty well I think. I learned a lot, anyway. Did this in black and white with color layers on top and loved it; my brain doesn't work well with value and color at the same time (as evidenced by my attempts at using the limited palette in portrait painting so far) so this method was great for me.

Yay! So there you have it, an example of what I'm doing in every class this semester. It has been, by far, my busiest semester yet. Which is good, it is graduate school after all, but this freakishly gorgeous weather has been making me wish I had the time to just read a book in the sun. Spring break will come, eventually! And then it will probably be raining! Yay!

Thanks for reading!


Saturday, March 3, 2012

It's that time again

ink & watercolor on paper, you know, card-sized

Kept it simple this year.

Sorry for not posting in ages, been swamped with schoolwork which I guess is a good thing. Yes, I've got a ton of homework/classwork I could put up, but a lot of it is just not as good as I want it to be.. we'll see.