Tuesday, December 30, 2008


still life update

Wednesday, December 24, 2008


Here's a new still life I'm working on, hopefully as a future portfolio piece. This is just the start, I'm trying to keep Will's advice in mind regarding composition, organizing elements in a triangle, not having things evenly spaced, using overlaps to create space, having rhythms to guide the eye. When I get around to the actual solid painting, my focus will be on understanding edges better.

Sunday, December 21, 2008


Branching out...haven't really done many interiors before, but since I'm working on my portfolio illustrations, they're good practice. The first one isn't finished but I think I'll get around to it eventually.

I've also been ridiculously inspired by Cornwell, Sundblom, Harry Anderson, and Oleg Lomakin :)

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

random vis dev stuff

a prop and a layout, will post the context for these and more stuff later.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

things to come

so, I'm posting this crapperific picture of an self portrait i finished yesterday in lieu of other things that I should be posting :) At least I feel good right now because I think this might be decent enough for portfolio inclusion.

Hopefully, as courage and time become more available in my life (..i.e. when I stop being a lazy bastard) I'll post my life drawings and plein air paintings, along with a better picture of this particular painting.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

I'm back!

Ok, so this update has been overdue for a ridiculously long time, but I suppose it's better late than never. I've been super busy with school (i.e. ditching classes to go paint) and the drawing classes I take on the side (actually good). Overall, life is good, I've been really excited about landscape painting, so this update consists of that mostly. The figure compositions are studies after Harvey Dunn, NC Wyeth and Howard Pyle. The last batch of things are layout drawings that I've been doing for my composition and drawing teacher, who has been tremendously helpful in all aspects of art, particularly composition.

PS. Fish still life was never finished, fish went bad

Thursday, August 21, 2008


the same pot thing from one the previous tree studies.....light can make even broken bricks interesting!

Monday, July 21, 2008

Round 2

Today I ventured out into the sun again to settle a score with yesterday's first plein air. I managed to finish the plants in the foreground and the window bars. Overall I'm fairly happy with the values here, I think this is an area that's been seeing some improvement in my recent work. Also, I think the perspective is right for the most part, I can't praise Rex Vicat Cole's book enough, I think my understanding of the subject is more intuitive now.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Backyard still

Plein air I started today, still have some more work to do, need to straighten the pillar, add the bars for the window, the plants in the foreground, etc.

EDIT: Okay, I couldn't resist, here's another one I started, couldn't finish it either, but that's what tomorrow's for :)

Saturday, July 19, 2008


Here's a finished charcoal layout for the tree painting (which I'm basically handling as an animation background painting). I plan to transfer the outlines and do a gouache painting of the subject soon :)

Also, a cast study I worked on for a few hours till the light changed. I'm going to start doing more of these.

Oh, and I found out about an amazing painter today

PS. I just got a new computer and I realized how different my images look on this screen. The paintings look gaudy and terrible! I can only imagine what people have been seeing over the years and considering to be my best efforts!

Friday, June 20, 2008

still life update

I'm basically done with this, I'm going to do a last run tonight to check for any things that need to be fixed, etc, but for the most part I think this is it. I'm pretty happy with this one, the transition from the brow to the eye socket could be better, but I'll tackle that in a future painting. I really liked painting the coins, they were super easy and the effect reads relatively well (they're nickels and pennies). In all, I think this is my best portfolio piece yet...hopefully that will change soon though :) Anyway, comments welcome

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

greuze again!...and some film studies

It's really no wonder Glenn mentioned him in class so often, Greuze could draw! I absolutely love his skillful handling of...well....everything! But especially the way his lines feel around the form, caressing the structure of the muscles and bones underneath. Christie, I don't know if I've sent them to you already, but I have a bunch of really high res drawings of his if you want me to send them your way!

I'm taking a break from the still life today, but I made some progress on the skull and brought other parts to a greater level of finish. Anyway, to avoid feeling lazy, I decided to copy this and see what I learned :) It turned out decent I think, it's much more accurate than the previous one. I loved how Greuze shows the skull very clearly in this drawing, so I decided to draw the skull separately just for kicks :)

Also, some film studies from The Birds and Nosferatu

Sunday, June 15, 2008

still life update

still working on this, not done by a long shot but made progress on that damnable skull :) Values are reading ok, structure will get there eventually, and hopefully i'll finish this while I'm still alive :) Sorry for the craptastic pics.

Edit: slightly better pics

Tuesday, June 10, 2008


I was reading a pdf of notes on a lecture by Harvey Dunn (Dean Cornwell's teacher and a student of Howard Pyle) and he mentions that there is no place for fear in art. He also said that sometimes, the things that seem the hardest to paint come without great difficulty, because the attitude of humility one adopts in that situation is more conducive to good painting. So I went outside for a bit today and decided to tackle whatever looked interesting, not giving a damn if it was hard or not....so I came upon this random corner of our house....I was intimidated by the pine tree and the bush/plant thing beneath it, there was so much to mix!

However, the gods of painting took pity on me and let me do a decent job here, with minimal pain....in fact, the hardest part was painting the damn pillar, because my hand wasn't cooperating on the whole straightness thing (which it's usually pretty good about). Anyway, I tried to work on my edges while painting the tree, but my darkest darks came out a bit too light because I painted in the shade again...must find new way of painting outdoors and not getting skin cancer :)

Sunday, June 8, 2008


So, the Caravaggio copy is sitting tight right now, since I've been away and working on other things. I started a new still life right now, it's called "learning to paint" and the setup includes, my plastic skull, an old paint bucket, brushes, books, and coins on the same semi-reflective surface that the previous still life was placed on.

It's going ok, my placement is relatively accurate thus far, but I know it's going to take me awhile to accurately model the skull because I need to understand and express the planes as well as possible. Surprisingly, looking around vanitas still lifes and baroque/renaissance paintings, there are very few really good skulls to be seen. Most mangle the skull quite a bit, or fail to properly show how the forehead bone (supercilius?) fits into the structures at the top of the eye socket. The really good ones are by Pieter Claesz (always amazing) and Frans Hals.

Anyway, I can only work on the still life at night, so here's what I did during the day :) I think it went ok, but I got ahead of myself looking at the planes and made the sided plane too narrow in my lay-in. However, I learned a LOT about using line to emphasize the direction/fullness of form, and the bony structure. Anyway, this study didn't take that long, and I've been wanting to study Greuze more in-depth for ages so maybe I'll do more of these. BTW the hair does not even compare to the way Greuze handled it :)

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

It's cooking time!

haha yes, that's my tentative title for this painting :) This is the painting I told you about, the one I was worrying about overworking....I managed to keep some of my more painterly strokes on the pot thing, but the 3rd tomato got a little overworked....I screwed up part of the board, I got the perspective right in the under-drawing, but screwed up when painting..lesson for next time!

Anyway, this was inspired by Pieter Claesz and William Claesz Heda's still lifes, really amazing. I'm fairly satisfied with this painting, I think it shows improvement in my handling of color/value and maybe even edges, and the drawing is ok for the most part..i think I spot some wonkiness on the bottle....

anyway, starting a new one soon....although I'm almost certain this one is going to be part of my Art Center portfolio....my comic book deadline's been extended to June 1st!

Edit: better picture and added a detail, still a lot of lens distortion though (see bottle)

Thursday, April 24, 2008

another one

ok, done with this one :) Still hard, but hanging in there, I feel like each one is successful in some areas and weaker in others lol, but I learned a LOT with this one, esp. about down and up facing planes and how they catch light.....and I still set up perspective for all of these lol

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Skulls.....we're going Russian

Here's another skull, I'm hoping to start another one tonight, Glenn gave me some awesome critiques about the first one, so here's my attempt to address those issues this time. For some reason this one was a much more hardwon battle....I still think I won, however small the victory, but damn, that skull put up one hell of a fight. Today I tried painting one of my friends, it did NOT work..even after like 5 hours.....trying again tomorrow though!Btw the title refers to the Russian Academy practice of having students do finished drawings of bones in ten different positions :)

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Disney Portfolio work

So I'm applying for a Disney vis dev intership, here's the ol' folio