Friday, July 29, 2011

I Drew This Thing, Friday

The word this week is:


I will make something this week, but like I said I have been a little busy. More than expected.
Have a happy day!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

This Artist is Neat Wednesday! Karen Klassen

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!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

This Artist is Neat Wednesday! Angela & Ithyle



Today I want to share with you other artists who border found objects/photography/illustration.
I tried to upload the videos but they just wouldn't upload. So until I figure it out you will need to use the links. Sorry.

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Happy Wednesday!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Drawsome Monday! How to paint skin, Part 1

As promised, I will be showing you how I painted the skin for this girl, below.
First, though I want you to look at this painting by John Singer Sargent. Look at her skin. What colors do you see? Orange? Tan?
Now look at this one:

And, now what colors do you see, here:

It took me a few years of examining his paintings, but I finally saw a trick that he used AND it changed my art forever. Here it is:

Grass is green, and so is skin.

"Wait! What? Skin is not green," yes--I can hear you say it. And your right, it is also blue, and purple, cad yellow ... The sooner you learn not to make skin tan and pink the better off as an artist you will be.

You see, Sargent painted the skin dead. Look how yellow it is, how green! But the reason these women look so alive is because he put a mixture of alizarin, cad red, and raw sienna where it counted the most. Look how red the eyes are, the nose, ears, the lips; do you see how pale those hands are until he reaches the tips. He gave the illusion of blood flowing. Next time you look in the mirror examine your features, you will notice the same thing.

I use a mixture of sap green, cad yellow, and raw sienna...cobalt blue and a purple called "purple lake"...

Adding the "red mixture", color to hair
Finishing touches...

Next week:
I will teach you how to know what colors to put where on the face; color change has to do with how the blood flows through the body and the thickness of skin and fat. (Just a fare warning. It will be a little late since I will be out of town visiting my grandma in Reno with no internet.)

Friday, July 15, 2011

I Drew This Thing, Friday


This week's topic is:

Illustration will be posted next week. Sorry it took so long--it was a busy day!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

This Artist is Neat Wednesday! Polly Becker

Happy Wednesday everyone! And welcome to our first, This Artist is Neat Wednesday! This week I am introducing you to, Polly Becker- illustrator of found objects. I think what she does is amazing! Take a look:

What to look forward to on the blog this week, every week!

So this is the week schedule, every week:

Monday: Drawsome Monday

Wednesday: This Artist Is Neat, Wednesday (blogs and such, of artists)

Friday: I Drew This Thing, Friday ( I will post up the word from the Illusrtation Friday blog, which is a weekly illustration challenge. A topic is posted every Friday and then participants have all week to come up with their own interpretation. I will post my interpretation on this blog.)

Monday, July 11, 2011

Drawsome Monday's

Drawsome Monday's is something I will be doing every Monday to kick off another week of illustration awesomeness! I am not really sure what exactly it will be yet- but this morning as I was painting I thought "you know, I should share with people my tricks/how I do things..." so I guess Drawsome Monday is a more-in-depth "who am I and what makes my tick as an artist."

I also know --that even though I don't know that much-- I know somethings, and I am willing to share those things to make it easier on someone else.

SO... if you want to know how I do something, or what inspires me, or whatever? (I am really just winging this and having fun with it)-- let me know!

I will be giving a demonstration how I painted this head....(the under painting will surprise you, I promises)

Have a Drawsome Monday!

Friday, July 8, 2011

sneak peak

This is a color comp for an editorial for a woman's magazine. I am calling it One Coffee Cup. (it is my own assignment- I am building a editorial portfolio with my paper dolls.)

I came up with the idea the other day-- but I just heard a song just now (while working on it) that really inspired me to make it by Brendan James- The Fall.

The song reminds me so much of when I went to NY/GA last year and met-up with the guy I was dating long distance, after my trip was over we planed to see each other again in September. We aren't together anymore, but luckily we are still really good friends.

For me this illustration is of that waiting period of not knowing what will happen or if what you are doing is right.

I may need to re-draw the main girl, she feels too stiff... the sketch shouldn't look better than the final...
I love her hair...
These are some of the fabrics...

Have a happy day!

Red Nose Studio

Normally I don't pay attention to the junk mail on the table-- but this morning something caught my eye. Because I knew this guy, well his art. Red Nose Studio. But it is super fun for me to look at a magazine, a poster, a book, pamphlet...a whatever-- and know who did it! I was so excited that I took it, made some scans, then posted it to you fine people.

I am still so excited and pumped! I love, love, love this feeling- because I know if I keep working, keep going, keep creating one day someone will look on their kitchen table and get just as excited as I did, because they knew my work--even if it is just my mom :)

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

and then life happens

I haven't been blogging, in fact as far as illustration goes I haven't done much. I did my BFA show and then I started looking for a job. I felt guilty if I did otherwise (though I have a ton of sketches.) Well one month later and still no job, however I finally turned one of those sketches into something. I think I am starting to do better on my paper dolls. What do you think?

I found the dandelion in my yard and had to have it!