Here's a few shots to show some of the steps I took to get to the finished piece.
It's been a couple months since I really got to sit and spend some time on a piece for fun/study. With a recent move, major computer issues, family situations, etc., I haven't been able to do any art for myself. That being said, it's good to get back to it with something fairly loose and simple. That's one of the great things about sketches. It doesn't really matter what happens because it's just something quick. There's no demands from clients, no deadlines, no restrictions. It's great. It's something that I hope to be doing a lot more of.
Here's a sketch I did from a photo I found by photographer Hedi Slimane. I just stumbled upon it and it instantly caught my attention.
So it's been a while since I've had a model sit for me, but I got a chance recently with my Sis-in-law (Sister-in-law's sister?), Becca. If you've seen some of my recent work, you've seen her before - she's the blonde photographer in "Unusual Affinity" project.
Long story short, she made a visit to the studio and sat for a couple hours, in which time I got enough information down for me to finish the piece later. I think I could have designed the pose a little better, but I'm pretty happy with the color in the finished piece. I have north-facing window in the room, which provides what's called "north light." North light is a cool light that is reflected from the blue sky and remains fairly consistent throughout the day (whereas a western or eastern light would drastically change with the time of day and the position of the sun). Fortunately, the sky was overcast that morning, which helped to create an even more diffused light source, which helped create more neutral colors and softer shadows.
I did a painting a couple months of ago that was supposed to go to a gallery, but unbeknownst to me, the gallery had closed its doors. So, it never went up for sale, but anyways, here's another step-by-step process that goes into one of my paintings. Enjoy!
So, after all these many months and hundreds of hours of work, I finally finished my BFA Project! It wasn't easy considering I started all over from scratch more than halfway through my deadline and including the fact that because of work for a client, I had to rush at the end and do 6.5 of my pieces in the last 3 weeks before show. IT WAS SO MUCH WORK!!!!! But I somehow pulled it off, haha.
Anyways, for those who can't see the pieces in person with the respective artists' statements for each piece, I'm posting it all up here for you to see. I know it's a lot of reading, but hopefully you'll finding it interesting! Enjoy.
An Unusual Affinity: The Project
affinity: [uh-fin-i-tee] noun
a natural liking for or attraction to a person, thing, or idea, etc.
Anybody who’s tried their hand at anything involving mental or physical abilities has heard someone say the phrase, “You’re so talented!” It usually involves someone being really good at something, whether that’s playing the piano, shooting a basketball, or delivering a speech. These people are just really good at what they do! Yet, people sometimes seem to get the idea that these abilities just appeared on the doorsteps of these individuals in a UPS package, wrapped up all nice and pretty for the receiver to enjoy.
In reality, we know that’s not the case. So, if it’s not because of some magical gift that’s just handed to them in a box, then what is it that gets these individuals to become so “gifted”? I’d like to think it begins the first time a person plucks a guitar string and realizes that he or she has the power to produce a beautiful sound, or when someone discovers that they can take a pencil and create an entire world that’s never existed before. Even though their first attempt might not have been very good, some people find that they are naturally attracted to a certain craft. Curiosity soon becomes a hobby, which then develops into a passion. Eventually, after investing thousands of hours, it becomes an aspect of their lives that defines who they are.
It is this “talent” and passion that I wanted to capture as I started this project. I began by searching for people that I know personally who have this affinity for the arts; whether it’s in dance, photography, singing, playing an instrument, or painting. Using both digital and traditional methods of painting, I then decided to illustrate them not only in the act of doing what they do best, but also to portray the emotion or thought behind it – because art is about more than just the technical proficiency of the artist; it is about what each of them have to say about the world through their own eyes.
So, there you go! And I didn't think I'd need to explain, but none of these are photographs! I paint.
Anyways, thanks for visiting. Stay tuned for new work in the near future!
A Growing Thorn in My Side
So, there's been some big things going on here lately. First off, remember the super sculpey statue of that guy with the spikes and chains? Well, that was for my BFA project that's due at the end of this year. I started the project nearly a year ago - with the idea that I might want to go into concept art / character design. I wasn't sure what it was that I really wanted to go into with Illustration, and since I always draw characters (buff guys, superheroes, demons, creatures, pretty ladies, etc.) in my sketchbook, I thought, "hey, why not give entertainment illustration a shot, since I always do it for fun."
Well, apparently, I don't enjoy it as much as I thought I would. I came up with what I thought was a pretty interesting idea and I even came up with some cool characters/concepts (see below). But, alas, I just wasn't that into it. Over this past year, I've really (and I mean REALLY) dragged my feet with the project and hardly worked on it (despite taking two semesters worth of classes for it :0 ).
Better Late Than Never
So, with another semester coming to an end and just one more to go before it's all done and over with, what did I decide to do? Change my whole idea and start from scratch!
It was a crazy idea, especially since I had already invested so much time into it. But, what else could I do? I'd rather start over and do something I love rather than finish this hideous thing that's become a thorn in my side.
Of course, I didn't come to this conclusion without another idea in mind. Actually, this new idea was so intriguing that I wanted to work on it as soon as the summer break started (a rarity, considering I hardly ever end up doing any art during the breaks).
What is the new idea? It's what I'm calling An Unusual Affinity: The Project . The basis of the project goes like this. I want to gather fellow friends of the arts ( this includes musicians, singers, artists, dancers, writers, actors, photographers, etc.) who are passionate and skilled, and create a series of work based on what it is they do. So, I want to capture them in the act of doing what they do best, while making it a little more interesting and artsy.
I also wanted to do something different, so these projects will be done in mixed-media, with the majority of it being done in Photoshop and the rest added after being printed out. I haven't done too many mixed-media projects before so it'll be interesting.
In the end, the goal is to create a sense of community between people of different art fields and also get their craft out there for people to see. I want each piece to capture what it is the individual does and make the viewer want to know more about them. So, basically, it's free publicity for those involved.
There's already several people who are willing to help out, and I've finished the first piece already (see below). Some are better known, others have yet to make their name, but we're all just people who love what we do and want to share it with others ( that's what the title of the project means - affinity means that there's a natural attraction/liking for someone/something).
So, in the end, I'm really excited about this project. Like, really excited haha. I think it'll bring out things that I've never done before. Check out my blog often for updates!
So here's some detail shots and the behind-the-scenes step-by-step process behind the painting I recently finished. It's an oil painting on a 36'' x 48'' (3ft by 4 ft) wood panel. All in all, it took about two and a half weeks to finish, and it'll be on display during the Extravadance show on campus this week, along with paintings from my classmates.
The theme behind it is the three muses. In case you didn't know, muses are goddesses in Greek mythology who are the inspirations for literature, science, and the arts; more particularly known for their influence in literature, dance, and music.
Alright, so here's the finished maquette for my BFA project. Remember the earlier post with the work in progress? Well, this is what the end product looks like. It's made of Super Sculpey, epoxy putty, aluminum foil, steel wire, copper wire, nails, metal mesh, chain, and a wooden base.
So without going too far into detail, this guy is the main antagonist in my story. He's the younger brother of the main character (this is the interpretation of Blake, the younger brother, in the main character's subconscious world, which where the story takes place.) He's a druggie, criminal, etc. and the chains and snake/dragon represent his addictions and their binding control over him.
So, there'll be atleast one or two other maquettes for my project, but I may not show them to the public til my show in December. But stay with me and you might get some more sneak peaks! And please feel free to leave comments.
So I posted some of the photos I took from the dancers in an earlier blog. Well, now I'm starting a painting for my Life Painting class from one of them. One of my classmates mentioned that he had some large frames that he bought for cheap and that we could use some of his. Well, one of them is 3 ft by 4 ft, which is pretty dang big. I've never done a painting that large before, but I said what the heck and decided to go for it. It's a little intimidating honestly, but I'm excited at the same time. Where's the fun if you don't challenge yourself every now and then? So here's a couple pictures just to show you the size and the beginning stages. The figures are roughly drawn in so don't worry, they'll be a better in the end. Stay tuned to see how it turns out! I should have it done in about a month's time.
Today we went and did a little plein air painting in the country-side. The weather was not the best - the cloudy weather gave us poor lighting and it was stinkin cold. Still, it was nice to get out and paint outdoors.
For our Life Painting class, we're gonna be painting some of the dancers here at school for our Final. These paintings will be shown at the dance performance sometime in June, I believe.
So, we got to go over to the Kirkham and have a photoshoot with a dozen dancers or so. It was pretty fun actually - I took several hundred shots and I think I got some good ones. Here a just a few of them so you can get an idea of what to expect. I'm excited for this project.
So this is the first entry here and I'm gonna give you a sneak peak at one of my BFA pieces. In case you're wondering what BFA even means, it stands for Bachelor of Fine Arts, and to get the degree, it requires me to create a BFA project and then have a show at the end of my last semester. Well, long story short, I'm working on an entertainment illustration project that includes several character designs, environments, a couple maquettes and a couple posters.
So, without giving away too much, this is one of the maquettes that I'm building with Super Sculpey. Stay tuned to see how it turns out!