Tuesday, June 24, 2008

I Couldn't Resist some D Paint

So I'm finally going to update my long overdue neglected website. This means scanning, photographing , resizing drawings, paintings, etc. I was cleaning up and resizing this life drawing in photoshop and got the urge to add some color to it. So that green thing below is a result of a 30 minute speed painting.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

SketchCrawl 19

Yeah!!! I finally made it to a crawl. However, I didn't get to Fort Point until 3 p.m. due my cousins fabulous one year B-day party. I had enough time for two color sketches painted in gouache. Met a few nice fellow artists and saw a few familiar faces, looking forward to the next one.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Thursday Night Sculpting

Here's an look at the work in progress from my Thursday night sculpture group. I have one more sculpting session to get in all shapes and rhythms right before I take it home and put the on the finishing touches.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Experiments with Gouache

Like the title says, I don't have much experience with gouache but I have been looking for a medium that I can stuff into a small backpack unlike my oil paints. These quick color sketches was from the new Monday night figure drawing session at the Riley Street art store in San Rafael.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Sketchbook Archive

Here are a few pages from my current sketchbook. You never know when you might loose or miss place your sketchbook. So I decided that I should periodically scan and archive some of the pages that I do like.

Tennessee Valley in Marin.

Back when Concept Art.org had there drop-in Saturday figure drawing workshop. On this day I forgot my charcoal pencils but good thing I had my trusty sketchbook and ball point pen. This model has a very cool fully covered back tattoo with wings. I tried to carry out the wing motif/design through out this composition of drawings.

This model took very, very boring poses, yawn. I had to use my imagination on these to make it interesting for myself.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Drawing Marathon

This two hour drawing is from the May 2008 Bay Area Models Guild drawing marathon. It's a cool venue if you like figure drawing but it only happens quarterly. Charcoal pencil, white chalk on blue paper.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Ganesh Maquette 1.0

I taught a one day maquette workshop several weeks ago at SJSU for some of the students in the anim/illus program. I needed some kind of bi-ped character to do a demo on so I decided on Ganesh. He is a deity in the Hindu religion and is described as man with an elephants head. My wife and I was traveling in Cambodia several years ago and we missed a chance of buying a small sandstone Ganesh sculpture. Since we won't be traveling to Asia anytime soon I guess I'll have to sculpt one.

Today while I was putting on the grey sculpy over the original pink baked sculpy. It reminded me of the scene from the "Empire strikes back" when Darth vader is interupted in his meditation chamber with his helmet off and the back of his head exposed...Yuck.

At this early stage of blocking in Ganesh I'm trying to retain the gesture from the posed armature wire. Yeah... I know it looks more like some kind of space alien.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Yosemite Vacation

My first trip to Yosemite with my parents and family. What an amazing place that I will have to visit again and again. I was lucky enough to have some time to do a few color sketches.

It rained the first couple of days that we were there : ( I decided I needed to paint something, so this is the view looking out from the kitchen. Both are painted with acrylics and a dab of white gouache. This took about 1 hour and 15 min.

This river is just off the hiking trail to Vernal Falls. Ah...so much to paint, so little time. There should be a lot of trees and smaller boulders painted in the background, but it was time to go. About 1 hour.

Here watching my back while I'm painting is my 19 month old bodyguard. Watch out he's got a stick and makes a manly growl.