Wednesday, December 28, 2011
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Saturday, December 10, 2011
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Saturday, November 12, 2011
I follow a blog called The Sartorialist. This guy just goes around taking amazing photos of amazing fashions on everyday (but, amazing) people. I love it! I sat down to watch a movie, but my hands wouldn't keep still so I drew this pic as a study.
Friday, November 11, 2011
In WWII while stationed at Kwajalein, he threw himself on an active Japaneses grenade, taking the full impact and saving the lives of five other Marines. He amazingly survived. For his heroism he recieved the Medal of Honor, the highest honor one in the can receive in the US military. Of the 27 Marines who similarly threw themselves on grenades to save the lives of their fellow Marines during WWII, Sorenson was one of only four who survived.
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the MEDAL OF HONOR to
PRIVATE RICHARD K. SORENSON
UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS RESERVE
for service as set forth in the following CITATION:
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving with an assault battalion attached to the Fourth Marine Division during the battle of Namur Island, Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands, on February 1–2, 1944. Putting up a brave defense against a particularly violent counterattack by the enemy during invasion operations, Private Sorenson and five other Marines occupying a shellhole were endangered by a Japanese grenade thrown into their midst. Unhesitatingly, and with complete disregard for his own safety, Private Sorenson hurled himself upon the deadly weapon, heroically taking the full impact of the explosion. As a result of his gallant action, he was severely wounded, but the lives of his comrades were saved. His great personal valor and exceptional spirit of self-sacrifice in the face of almost certain death were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United Stated Naval Service.
Thank you Grandpa! I love and miss you.
Below is some more information on him:
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Monday, November 7, 2011
Friday, November 4, 2011
I chose to make the snow looking in, instead of the people looking out. This way the snow was more a character than a object-however the snow is still a secondary character to the main figures. I also tried to play with color contrast and value- wondering what the figures nearest to the window would look like vs the figures farther away. I tried to keep in mind while this is a "cool" palette I still wanted warmth; so I focused on warm grays and shades of yellow ocher, rather than various shades of blue which would be a normal fall back for someone painting night.
I sound a little geeky, but I love this stuff!
Over all, it makes me smile.
And I hope it makes you smile too :)
Thursday, October 27, 2011
(Just to let you know, it is so much easier to critique a 3D object when it is scanned. I already know where I need to fix now- where before I was interrupted by shadow and I wasn't sure.)
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
(The final will be in fabric and paper)
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Have a happy day!
And as always let me know what you think?!
Sunday, October 2, 2011
I wanted to quickly scan this in and show you a more finalized sketch of the girl (thumb and color comp in previous posting) I have been sketching in pen for so long (training my eye and hand not to erase) that once I put the pencil to the paper I didn't need to erase, that was a pretty neat feeling.
Saturday, October 1, 2011
I played with color (which is o.k.)
It is hard to juggle life, but I need to make time for my art, after all I am an artist.
Monday, September 5, 2011
Friday, September 2, 2011
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
...since it is only scanned it only looks ok. It would look 10x better when assembled all together.
(P.S. I made the dpi high so you could see the detail.)
Have a happy day!
Monday, August 15, 2011
Do you remember this comp?
I inked the main girl today (not shown-yet) and got her clothes done (above). The examples look poor, because my tools are poor. I am selling art at an auction this Thursday -in Provo if you are in the area- so I hope to earn money for at least a camera ($600-ish) and scanner ($3000-ish.) Maybe I will earn the camera? Scanner is in the far future, but the camera will help me produce quality photos so I can get some jobs which will help me pay for that.
Well, that is the plan :)
I want the lighting on the main girl to have this look (above.)
Friday, August 12, 2011
Here is a painting by Fredrick Carl Frieseke --The Yellow Room, next to it is my study from it. Another study, perhaps too close to the original. But I wasn't trying to pull this off as my original idea to begin with. Just a study of color and pattern with a more modern twist.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
As I have mentioned before, I am building my portfolio- trying to find a market to put it in, as well. I have too many images of women in flowing dresses in nature. I needed a mix. So I made myself a challenge:
The third wasn't as much of a challenge as I thought it would be (meaning I wasn't pulling at my hair.) It was really fun! It made me think and create in a way that wasn't my norm.
Above are color comps/sketches of possible paintings for a young adult book (tween), children's book market. The first is a book cover idea, the second could be a cover as well a page in a children's book.
The first image, I wanted to create the illusion of being in a bird cage. So I painted stripes around the crow on the wall and on the girls dress. By slanting the image I created a sense of urgency along with the clues of the sudden appearance of a light, the opened letter, and the squawking of the crow. But even in this scene I just couldn't quite get by without flowing hair and fluffy dresses :)
The second image, I wanted to give the viewer the feeling of waking up in a strange space. So everything in the room is twice the size it should be. I love the the girl in the HUGE chair! I am excited to make that one into a real painting.
I love knowing that with each image I make I get a little better. Notice that my contrast between values is getting better? I love being an artist, it allows me to have have a visual journal of growth.
Have a happy day!
Monday, August 1, 2011
Have a wonderful day!
Friday, July 29, 2011
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Sorry about the delay in my posts, I had to take care of things and I am just barley getting back into the groove.
This week I am introducing you to Karen Klassen. Not only is she great because we share the same name, or because she is a super nice artist-- but also because she is good at what she does.
Look for yourself.
I just wish I was a brave with color as she was :)
Have a happy day!