Sunday, January 26, 2014

January Art Update

There was an art show last night in allentown


at 4th and tilghman, I believe they (AG's pervert shows) are every other month now and i plan on participating as long as the weather is kinder to me.

I took to starbucks after work on wed due to the lack of interesting places to sketch or its probably that im just too lazy to look for a better venue.  But the hippy redhead girl that works there recognized me as a local artist since i had left a sketch in the starbucks tip jar one day so i felt compelled to sketch something and post it to their cafe bulletin board.


it's a Christolph Waltz that i rushed through simply because i knew that i wanted to leave something there at the cafe because i had been called out as an artist but i think with more time i could have been happier with it.  

but i moved onto working with something new this weekend since i couldnt get out to the art show








not so much a step by step but the steps i took






Saturday, January 11, 2014

Andrew Loomis - art instruction


to get one of my amazon xmas orders eligible for free shipping I bought the above book on supe-artist Joe Dillon's recommendation.

Loomis talks about form and line and their function on making an interesting image but quickly he mentions going into creating interesting compositions and i come to an art assignment?!




Mostly i want to share these paragraphs as an exercise in creating or finding interesting compositions.  Something i certainly need help with.  As i go through this book i'll share any exercises or findings or revelations that i may come across.


step 1: make a picture finder


step 2: find interesting compositions or just shoot your camera in random directions like i do


step 3: draw what you see (i think i went a bit far with the shading where the exercise might be to see how the forms interact to form an interesting composition.)


Loomis shows how the line itself, shapes and letters can be seen in some of the compositions you may encounter.




Creative Illustration is just another interesting book that I haven't yet finished, like...


and (recommended by another talented artist, Zafer Louisa)...


as well as...











Saturday, January 4, 2014

runner

started with a quick animation because i am trying to draw something everyday in 2014


though i've spoken with an artist friend and he decided to instead of doing a sketch a day, try to work on a finished piece every 2 weeks in order to improve his portfolio.

i think it's an excellent idea and i'll probably abandon the sketch-a-day thing for now atleast not be so darn focused on doing something just to have each day's sketch completed.

currently my portfolios are either empty of filled with sketched and unfinished sketches, i could use some pretty work to show off.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Uncle Phil Tribute

wanted to do an uncle phil (James Avery) tribute



no secret to how this one was done


i was hearing on facebook about how many people around my age that didnt know he was the voice of the Shredder, it may not be obvious unless youve looked that up before or watched the cartoon after you had seen fresh prince episodes

once you hear his voice once without seeing his face then you come across all kinds of uncle phil voice over work, I remember watching one of the Fist of the North Star films not paying full attention to it but I heard one of the villains that sounded exactly like Shredder but with a bit of gruff-ness (is gruff just a portmanteau of gravel & rough?) to his voice which is probably because it was before he had refined it to the Shredder tone that we grew to enjoy, anyway that's when i started to dig into his work a bit more.

but it was also nice whenever he'd pop up in a show or movie unexpectedly




loved that~!
dude was 6'5

rest in peace James

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Christmas Card 2013

I've never made a Christmas card (holiday card) so this year I wanted to rectify that.  Ive designed cards for my mother in the past like we all do as children.  Taking construction paper and drawing and cutting out images, I'm sure our mothers kept and charish those little creations of love.

So I love anyone reading this and i've made you a holiday card.  I think it was a couple weeks ago at Panera bread (a poor excuse for what Borders was for me) and I was thinking what I wanted to see on a Christmas card:


I still need to print and fold and write in a few of these but for my virtual family, Happy Holidays~!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Film Festival the Holiday Season

I just finished watching Primal Fear


and Edward Norton was fantastic~!

My father went on a rant last month about movies he likes after I had mentioned to him that I hadn't seen One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.  Seeing that it's on everyone's list of favourite films.  This lead him into passing me a stack of films that I hadn't seen after he went over practically everything he owned.

So i'm taking some time out this month, maybe as i sketch or lounge around to run through this stack.  I'm proud to announce that I finally made it through the VHS's and now all that remains are the more manageable DVD's - I really didnt remember the unpleasant noise that a VHS player could make when you used one.  

I wanted to slap a list together ranking them in order of enjoy-ability, so here it is.

 1.) One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - fantastic film, lovable cast
 2.) Primal Fear - what a twist, kinda predictable but that boy can act
 3.) The Game - another twisty movie, best story of this list
 4.) Hoodlum - young Morpheus, slightly unbelieveable but probably the most fun of this list
 5.) Narrow Margin - a dated film that holds up, but barely

I typically look up these films on Wikipedia after i watch them just to see what kind of awards they may have won (5 Academy Awards in the case of One Flew) or just to see what else some of my fav. actors have been in, like this guy:

 

didn't know he was in Primal Fear, nice surprise, but he always looks so tall in films, i expected him to be taller than 6'1"

This basically devolved into an advert for wikipedia so i'll put my Steven Bauer man love to bed and show you that this is what i have to look forward to:


and i did a little Narrow Margin fan art




Sunday, November 24, 2013

Toned Paper Sketchbook


So I treated myself to a sketchbook


toned paper, i've never had one and from what i've seen artists do with white colored pencil/charcoal i wanted one.

it's probably my lack of formal art training 

every art student is probably sick of toned paper but i'm still an art infant

plus since it's hard cover and i had a 40% off coupon, i had to get it


and my first sketch (J. Stroup) is coming along well, i dont know whether to keep working it or turn the page and hit a new subject?