Friday, December 28, 2012

Sketch- Anne Hathaway in Les Miserables

Taking a break from painting today. Instead I bring you a sketch of Anne Hathaway from Les Miserables. Er, attempted sketch.

I have to say, the film adaptation of this musical was phenomenal. Easily the best movie I've seen all year. Be sure to bring a towel and a few buckets when you go watch though. Your tear ducts will be empty by the end of it.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Winter Sketchbook Painting #5

Fifth sketchbook. These are wooden duck figurines that have been in my house for as long as I can remember. I had forgotten that they were here until just now.

I'm not too happy with how this one came out. I will say I do like little bits and pieces with how the color movement came out. Getting through this painting was a struggle, however. I'm not really that fond of using flat brushes for these sort of studies.

But you know what, you win some and you lose some. This one didn't go quite well for me, so time to move on.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Winter Sketchbook Painting #4

Another day, another painting.

Actually, I took a day off since I had done two paintings in a row before. Now...well, I wasn't as productive as I should had been, so why not end the day with a painting?

This was definitely a challenging painting, but surprisingly one of my faster ones (about two hours?). The highlights were especially tough; I don't think I correctly painted some areas. I will say though, this was LOADS of fun. The more I paint in acrylic, the more I fall in love with it. I'm actually not sure how I'm going to transition back to digital. I mean, the tablet stylus just isn't the same...

Friday, December 21, 2012

Winter Sketchbook Painting #3

Since I was a bit disappointed with how the last painting came out, I decided to pump out a second one before going to bed. There are a good number of things that I struggled with while painting this setup, but it was definitely a lot of fun (and much less of a headache than the previous painting) and I’m generally happy with how it came out.

Acrylic, approximately 2 and a half hours.

Winter Sketchbook Painting #2 (Bonus: Awful Night Drawing)

I'm on a roll today...

...for being bad.

Jokes aside, today was a bit of a rough day. This painting didn't turn out as bad as I thought it was going to but man, those were weird colors to work with.

Yeah...I don't know where my mom found this thing but yes, this isn't from my imagination lol.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Winter Sketchbook Painting #1

Winter is here, so let the games begin!

This is a wooden puzzle dolphin souvenir that my dad got me many years ago. Strangely enough (but awesome for me), my dad and my grandparents has accumulated many interesting souvenir specimens over the years that they have bequeathed to my brother and I. I think many of them will make pretty cool still life studies.

I used a fairly limited palette here; prepped the page with raw umber and used burnt sienna/umber, yellow light hanza, cobalt blue, and white.

I am probably going to do the same plan that my roommate +Clayton Chan (check out his own art blog here) is going to do over the break, which is one still life painting a day. For now I will only upload those still lifes; the other drawings in my winter sketchbook will have a cumulative set of posts towards the end of the break. But expect this blog to get busier from here on out.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

ANI113A- Artwork Dump!

What a crazy semester!

Since ANI113A is done for me, I want to make a cumulative post on almost all of the work I've done for the class (except the color comps...there are too many of them for me to scan right now). It'll be a good way for me to see all my successes and failures together, as well as the progress I've made.

Wow. This was my very first painting for the class. As Inga said, shapes first before tone. Which is what I wasn't doing over here...

Here are most of my black and white object studies, including the ones selected for my portfolio. The only one here that is missing is the painted version of the egg. I may scan that one in later, but it isn't really that impressive. And wow, those ellipses on the pencil mug...yikes!

These are the black and white drapery studies, including the ones selected for my portfolio. The diaper drapery was a bit of a flop since I limited myself to using one pencil (a 7B), which was a big mistake. The wrap-around drapery...actually looks not bad as a thumbnail. I still think the best draperies I did were the first two (the portfolio ones)/

Ah, the still life rendering. This was perhaps the most monumental artwork I've ever done. There isn't much for me to say about it, other than that I'm very happy with the result.


Psychedelic draperies. These were supposed to look like white cloth. Someone clearly wasn't following directions.

These were the last in-class paintings we did. Inga was very happy with how the one with the eggplant came out. It was a big jump from what I did the week (and weeks) before in color.

And finally, this:

There are still tweaks I need to make, but overall I'm very satisfied on how this came out. Funny how the black and white version took a month, while this only took me five days to do. I guess that's how mileage works: spend 50 hours learning how to do it in 10.

Anyhow, that's all folks! Hope you enjoy this cumulative post! It was a great semester, one that started with uncertainty and ended with a passed portfolio review. Big thanks to Inga and John for being awesome teachers, and to my friends for crits and moral support.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Portfolio Final Pass

This is essentially the final push for this portfolio. It's been a long battle! Hopefully one that pays off.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Bootcamp Figures!

A couple or so weeks back, I enrolled in a week-long course of Sheldon Borenstein's bootcamp. A week worth of tracing and going over the same fundamentals I learned in my figure drawing class under the same teacher has resulted in these two pieces. I've still got the whole world to improve on, but I was pretty satisfied with the improvement I made with these two.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Photoshop Speedpaints

Feng Zhu recently posted up a new video on his Youtube channel FZDSchool called "Chaos to Control." No, it's not about Sonic the Hedgehog (although the related videos section hilariously suggested so), but about a certain type of process that Feng Zhu often liked to do to stay loose. Since I had been in a bit of a rut for the last few days, I figured I would give it a try. I wouldn't say these are really awesome speedpaints, but compared to what I normally do in Photoshop (render the eff out of everything), doing these really quick speedpaints felt really liberating.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Tonal sketch of an old car

Here's a tonal sketch for my light and optics class. This one was a lot of fun to do, though it took a little more time than I intended it to.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Figure Drawings and Location Studies

After some three weeks of being in a rut, I finally managed to make some breakthroughs with my figure drawing. I also discovered that I have a love for perspective. So anyhow...

Top left, top center, and bottom right are from photos via the Pixelovely figure drawing tool, whereas the other two are were done in my figure drawing class. Yay, Sheldon Borenstein!

This is a location study of some of the temporary stairs that construction workers need to access the Student Union construction site. It was too late for me to really work on tone, but I'm really happy with the structure of this one.

These are some tonal perspective studies. Nothing really amazing, but I think I'm starting to get tonal drawing. Thing about markers: they're pretty fun, but...sort of confusing. I think I'm going to do the next few in ballpoint pen crosshatching.

 This one isn't exactly either location or figure studies. Actually, I was debating on whether I should show this one, but...ah, to hell with it. Here's my specimen project. Getting the crit for this felt like taking a rocket to the face (since John Clapp was immediately able to tell that I was faking the shadows). But in all honesty, the project was a lot of fun. And I learned that...well, reference is paramount, haha. What I'll probably do is go back and redo the hand over the summer, cause I really do like this idea.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Figure Drawing 'Folio 2

Well! Been a long time since I said I would start using this blog. And now that I've been incredibly busy with drawing, why not share a few? These are the selected drawings that I chose for my figure drawing class's second portfolio. The focus is structure on top of the weight, balance, and proportions of our gestures.

We're also supposed to take our best one and break it down into the two steps of gesture and structure. Here's that for you: