Monday, November 30, 2009

Crunch time

Not a very good photo WIP of my painting. x_x

Gotta love those blank, vacant eyes. I'm using my boyfriend Chris as the subject, seeing as how he's always here, and easy to get to model. I know the hand looks super weird, but honestly, in the photo it's really that odd. I actually was worried I gave him too many fingers at first. XD Just because of how much space that hand is taking up.

I'm going to TRY and get this under painting part done by Wednesday afternoon. TRY. Here's hoping. x_x I  can probably get about three more little painting sessions in before that class. And then I have until Dec. 9th to finish this. UGH. So much work to do in about a week. It's pretty ridiculous. Gotta love those big end of the semester projects.

And on a totally unrelated to school note, here's a sketch study I did of a folk singer I enjoy called S. J. Tucker. I've gotten an idea of a piece I'd like to do as a bit of an homage to her, so I'm doing sketches to figure out her face shape and the like. Should be fun. 

Saturday, November 28, 2009


I've been having issues getting technology to work for me, so I've been ragefacing a bit. And today I was griping about how there's a sorry amount of art out there for Egyptian deities, so I drew Sekhmet, the lion headed Goddess of  war who's breath made the desert. She also almost took out humanity according to myth, and was only stopped when she got totally smashed on beer dyed with pomegranate juice to make it look like blood.

I think Anubis unfairly gets a lot of the Egyptian deity lime light, so I'm going to endeavor to draw all the other awesome Egyptian deities. I'd like to draw Hathor, Horus, Sobek, Thoth, Set, Nekhbet, Nut, etc.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Fake it

Look at the bruise I gave Sarah. :D

Haha, it's fake. I used her for a photo shoot, and she needed some bruises for it, so I broke out my copic markers, and kinda just winged it. I used colors I've seen prominent in bruising, and then just dabbed and smeared.

I'm terribly fond of my handiwork XD. So if you ever need some fake bruises, I can do it haha.

SOCA, now with twice the models!

SOCA was awesome last night. We had a couple as models, and they could BREAK DANCE. They were awesome enough to hold break dancing poses for a solid minute for some gesture drawings (far left). It was fun to draw two people interacting.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Hands make me think of monsters

More hands drawn durring Eastern Religions class. I love the class, but it doesn't require note taking, so I have to keep my hands busy while I listen. Therefore, I draw...hands. And then today while in Panera waiting to get my portfolio back from the department review I drew an arm monster. He's very frustrated with having so many arms to deal with. I would be too.  This sketchbook is supposed to be for life drawings, but I couldn't help myself. One monster in the whole book shouldn't hurt anything.

Speaking of monsters, I'm thinking of starting on another monster book. First I need to finish editing the text for my Beastiary of Bottomdwelling Monsters though. But what I was thinking of doing, is like, a book of monster portraits. The premise would be that on each right page, there would be a full page image, and on the left, a blurb about the picture. It would be written in first person, and it would be me explaining the story behind each monster, and how it was to work with them to draw their portraits. And I think the chapters would be divided by stages of a monster's life. So some would be like high school photos, others like wedding photos, family portraits, and then some srsbsns classical photos. Like when people go to get those old time western photos done.

Imagine it. A picture of an adolescent monster in headgear to gnarl it's straight teeth. HOW ADORABLE IS THAT? I'm probably going to finish editing my first book over winter break (so I say) and then work on the next book this upcoming summer break if I don't start sneaking in pictures before then.

Here's a piece from my Bestiary of Bottom Dwelling Monsters book. It's a book I did for an AFO class here that labels and discusses monsters living under the beds of people around the world. It's 35 full color images. That I had to make in 5 weeks. Never again. x_x  The book is, geeze, over a year old now, but it still stands ok as far as quality.

Monday, November 16, 2009

bad juju

 Things haven't been going the best recently, and been really stressful. I've got so many issues to fix, and not a lot of time for any of them. This is the only thing I've been able to draw, and I think it sums up how I feel pretty nicely.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Painting WIP 2

Here's another WIP of my final painting. I've gone back in and added some more value. Tomorrow I'm going to make it so the new tones aren't just on the top of the piece. I'm really fond of the little bird figured in there. Not a whole lot left to do on the background. Soon I'll have to paint the figure. x_x

And here's a bit of a look at a sketch I'm currently messing with of a character I have neglected for way too long. It's been so long since I've drawn him that my way of drawing has changed, so it's hard to figure him out now. x_x  The hair is really giving me trouble, and so is his bottom jaw. I'll post this again when it's finished.

Sickly sick sick

Sorry I haven't posted in a bit. I've been sick since Wednesday and not fit to really do much but sit in bed and wallow around. I've still got sinus pressure and a cough, but all is well aside from all that, so I'm back to drawing capable. I should be posting a new WIP of my final painting at some point later tonight. I'm so behind on school work it's a bit sickening. x_x

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Steam Machine

Some sketches using colored microns. The hands were going to be a hand forrest, but I deviated for some odd reason. Maybe I'll try again later.

Here's the first WIP photo of my final painting for my painting class. I feel so much better now that it's started. It doesn't feel so huge anymore. I think the person in it is what's going to take the longest though. This is just an underpainting. There's actually going to be glazes of color on this once the values are put in. This way, I'll have a uniform green feel to everything.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Inspiration Post

I found a website for someone who does amazing concept art and I decided to do a bit of an artistic inspiration post.
This guy did some of the concept work for Uncharted 2. I love how detailed it is. I don't think it's 100% digital painting though. Looks like it might be a collage of photos, 3D renders and photoshop. I could be wrong though. I would love to learn how to utilize Ps like this though.
I really wish he had some of his black and white up to show to you. It's so clean and amazing.
Here's his blog. I love how angular and geometric his work is. And once again, his black and white work is to die for. I want to learn how to use positive and negative space as well has he does.
Tiffany showed me this guys work. I think she said he's a friend of her moms? I love the use of fine lines and minimalism against the bold thick and textured spaces. I'm also a sucker for the black and white work.
Yoji Shinkawa is probably one of my biggest inspirations. I took into seriously learning how to use my brush pen because of him, and he's inspired me to work on getting stronger with black and white as well as a limited color palette. I absolutely adore the textures he gets out of his materials, and how loose he is with the inking.

There's tons of other artists that I look to for inspiration, but these are probably the ones that make me want to draw after I look at their work and want to improve.

Who are your inspirations? What artist makes you want to draw?


The blog's gotten a bit of a small face lift. Nicer, less generic colors and a proper banner. Feels much more mine and less like the default format. Mmmmm, neutral color pallets....

You are (not) alone

We did a fun set of photos dealing with motion and lighting in class today. Here's just one, and actually only one of the two photos that are still. The rest are all crazy motion shots. For the rest of the set, follow the link:

Sunday, November 8, 2009


This is what happens when you let me draw from movie stills. I will find the strangest movie I possibly can.

Both of these are from the Daft Punk movie Electroma. Hillariously wtf movie, watch it.

Took WAY too long on both of these. about an hour and some change a piece. but I was also drawing and talking on AIM, so.....

Acrylic and ink on moleskine paper.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Dark Circles

I lied. Here's something else before my weekend. I might lie again later too, we'll see.

Close up of my to scale full body self portrait. This piece is as big as I am, almost exactly. I generally hate drawing myself, but I think this was one of the better attempts I've made. I'm using the full sized shot for a portfolio to turn in to try and get into honors studio. Wish me luck! There's lots of really talented people in our department, so I'm not too confident about getting in. x_x

charcoal and white chalk on butcher paper.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Human after all

One of the few things I've done for myself. Pharoh is a survivor in the post apocalypse scene, serving out her own brand of karma with her trusty bat 'The key to the City'.

I've just obtained a ton of Daft Punk video, so I'll probably be drawing them quite a bit here. Also, I'm going to Nekocon this weekend, so I'll be drawing lots of cosplayers I'm sure. All to be posted here.

See you sunday!

Monday, November 2, 2009

sketches and finished work

I was at a friend's house, and drew their boxer dog. Such huge jowls! And moar shoes!

My friend Sarah drawing as well. I forgot the very first page in the first sketchbook because I'm so used to only drawing on one side in my regular sketchbook. x_x So this one isn't too elaborate, but I like it. It was a challenging angle to draw.

This is the front cover of my second sketchbook for Concept drawing class. It was so bright red, I couldn't think of what else to draw. I wish it was more symmetrical. Here's to trying to finish another 100 page sketchbook by the end of the semester! I'm going to try!

A C project done in my concept drawing class. Done from sketch to finish in a bit over two hours. The prompt was to draw this box, and whatever we wanted to be inside of it. And when let to wander, my brain likes to come up with monsters. So these poor guys are critters from Pandora's box placed back in the wrong container, and horribly afraid for their well being.

Finally, something I did to unwind. I've been starting to drag as the semester draws to a close, so being able to just doodle something without worrying about things like anatomy or composition was nice. I intend to transfer this to some watercolor paper and pick at it here and there when I have the time as a de-stresser. I'm very fond of it. :3