Friday, August 15, 2014

We made a zine!


We made a zine! I am so excited about it! I will be at SF ZineFest at the end of this month (August 30-31st at the County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park) with two of my very wonderful and talented friends, Annie Wong and Shirong Gao.  And we made a zine!! Did I say that already?

It's really great you guys. I'm so proud of us. I can't wait for you to see it! It's all about TV shows we love, and it was a ton of fun to make. Here's one illustration I did for it, a sneak peek if you will:

If you want to see the rest of it, you'll have to come visit us at Zine Fest!

Come on! Do it! See you there!

Sunday, August 10, 2014


Remember this painting from my last post?

It's a 9x12" quick study from reference, took about two hours. For the midterm I painted a finished version of it, 16x20" - it took about two weeks. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out!

Oil on canvas, 16x20"

Weird to see them right next to each other!

I was excited and nervous about painting hands, but it turns out if you're painting them this large they're pretty much just like painting anything else.

Thanks as always to my lovely model!

Til next time..


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

100 Paintings

May I apologize for having disappeared for so long (again)? You know I'm sorry! This poor blog falls to the side when I'm busy, and I have been busy, I swear - that includes both legitimate busy-ness and the type of busy where I'm not that busy so I get to say "Screw doing things I know I should be doing it's summer damn it I'm going to read a book on a beach!" Keep in mind that was a foggy, cold, Oregon beach.. don't worry about back-door bragging here, folks, my life is the opposite of glamorous.

But I do get to paint, so that's pretty good! I took a quick studies oil painting class last semester and when they told me it was a "practice" class, they were not lying. The idea is pretty much to get you to just paint a lot of paintings (and I mean a lot - the title of this post is not much of an exaggeration) and learn by doing, basically. No sitting in front of a single painting all day in this class, more like paint for twenty minutes and then BAM new painting. Four to five paintings a day (once a week), with 26 due as homework outside of class. Taught by Craig Nelson, a great painter and teacher!

This is a photo-heavy post, so I tried to consolidate them so you wouldn't be scrolling forever. Details are in the captions. All of these paintings took between 30 minutes and 2 hours. The largest of them is 11x14 inches. I tried to make the relative size of the images somewhat similar to how they are in real life (for example, this first one with the yellow and pink buildings is tiny, like 4x6"). All reference photos were taken by yours truly.

Cityscapes. Clockwise from top left: plein air around Snow Park, SF; Hopkins Bakery, Berkeley (from reference); plein air around Snow Park, SF; downtown SF near Union Square (from reference)

Figure, etc. Clockwise from top left: in-class color exaggeration exercise with live models; male head+shoulders (from reference - this is the only photo I didn't take myself, a friend did); topic: musical (from reference)

Landscapes. Clockwise from top left: somewhere in Italy (from reference); Haystack Rock, Oregon (from reference); somewhere in China (from reference); somewhere else in China (from reference). We did do some plein air landscape paintings, but I can't find them.. whoops.

Still life, etc. Clockwise from top left: Still life; topic: closely cropped, squid (from reference); topic: mismatched (from reference); still life.

I only took one set of in-class process shots, and it's not complete, but here it is anyway:

Left: After the first sitting (about 10 mins); right: after 30 mins total.

This was a 30 minute pose. The basic strategy was to block in shadows, then lights, then go back and refine each as time allowed. The allotted time included mixing your paint - that tripped me up the most, I'd spend way too much time trying to mix just the right color instead of just diving into painting. It was great to see how we all improved through the semester though - proof that practice really does make you improve, whether you notice it or not.

hardboard panels

 Just a quick note, in case anyone out there is looking for an affordable painting surface for quick studies/practice - I went out and got a big sheet of hardboard from Home Depot, I think it was around 4x8' for maybe $15? Cut it into something like 36 panels of different sizes (a couple were 18x24"), coated them with gesso, and they worked just fine. Don't know how well they'll hold up long-term, but for practice paintings they were very budget-friendly!

There you have it, my second post of 2014 (wait, what?!). I'll be back shortly, I promise. Seriously. For real.

Thanks as always for reading and for sticking with me through long absences and for reminding me that I haven't updated the blog in a while (some of you, you know who you are!). You're all truly appreciated.

Til next time!