Saturday, May 31, 2008

Gone Painting ... With Scott Christensen!

I've been looking forward to this for months. Tomorrow I'll be jumping on a plane to attend Scott Christensen's 10-day plein air painting workshop. Scott's work has always stood out to me as being very honest and powerful, and his DVDs show that he's also an effective and humble teacher. So when I decided to take a workshop this year, it was an easy choice to make. I can't wait to be out there painting and learning alongside this master!
And to provide the obligatory image to accompany this post, above is a plein air painting of mine of a church just down the street from where I live. It was 2 hours, 9x12" oil on masonite.
See you when I get back!

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Texture and Light

Pushing for more interesting texture and light in these. Found a random rock texture that served as my 'blank' canvas, and just started painting over top of it, using the existing patterns of the rock to suggest design elements while I worked. I also used an excellent custom brush made by a friend at work. I'd give her a link but she doesn't have a blog. Get a blog, Elena!

Sunday, May 18, 2008

DS Concept Sketches

More fun with the Nintendo DS! I took a break from it for awhile (reasons unknown), but now I'm back.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Another Portrait...and Sketches

The top one is a portrait commission, where I slowed down and worked very methodically (to make sure I got things right). The rest are alla prima sketches from life, no more than 2 hours each. I didn't even have a chance to finish the last head there...

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Nick Kilislian

I'm proud to announce that my good friend (and former teacher), now has a blog. Nick's design sense and draftsmanship is out of this world. I took classes with Nick in the early 2000's, and it's he who introduced me to the fundamentals of drawing. I highly recommend you check out his'll be glad you did! The above sketch is one of the many awesome pieces you'll find there.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Lone Ranger

It's been more than a month since I've done anything conceptual like this. In the midst of working a lot from life, I seem to forget that it's also possible to paint from imagination. This is for DrawerGeeks.