Sunday, April 27, 2008

I Just Wasn't Made For These Times

Here's the last of my little love affair with black and white work for now. It's a self portrait, me and my Johnson resonator guitar. It's a pretty good little resonator for the price, bought it at a pawn shop. It's in my studio at school, and I pluck a few notes on it every now and then.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Sketchbook Update

Here are a couple of profiles I did from life recently. They both took about 10-15 minutes, which is a great time to do a black and white watercolor. It is enough time to have the pressure to get it done, while still allowing the time to actually finish it well.

I draw so much better from life than I do from a photograph, there is just so much more information to translate. Though a bad model can ruin a painting in a second - Last year a model fell asleep in class, and then denied it when our teacher asked him to keep his eyes open, did he not realize that a room full of people were watching him slowly nod off? I guess not.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Painting of the Week: Black and White

Finished the first page of a black and white comic I'm doing. I based this comic off of a poem, I just haven't done the type yet - It will be one of three pages when it's all done.

I was inspired by my weekend at the NY con, my talk with David Mack and seeing Paolo Rivera's Capitan America: Mythos in progress, it was so well done, and the narrative so strong (it was in a wordless state when I read through it) - it made me want to paint a comic that communicated effortlessly without the need for type - yet would still work well with something lyrical and interpretive.

This was also a bit different for me because I worked on painting opaquely over my black washes with white acrylic. It makes for a neat smoky effect, but the acrylic dries so fast. I'll never leave my watercolors - they stay good forever, just add water.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Black and White

Here's a panel from an in progress Black and White comic I'm working on. Should be done with the rest pretty soon, but I liked how this one came out so I figured I'd post it. I'm still working on it, i'm not completley satisfied with the background. Painting in black and white is awesome, it goes so fast.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Ashes of Laughter: The Music of the Band

"Ashes of laughter, the ghost is clear
why do the best things always disappear?
Ophelia, please darken my door."

My newest project is about The Band, the 1960's-70's R&B, Rock, Country outfit. The title is from the song Ophelia, off of Northern Lights / Southern Cross. Had a lot of fun on this one, hope you like it, tell me what you think.

Friday, April 04, 2008

More Birds

So this is a proposal for a postcard we have to send out to AD's to invite them to Portfolio Day, my University's student portfolio reception. I'm not sure if this is what I'll end up doing, just had fun painting it. Sometimes I have to paint in order to clear my mind - to prepare myself for real assignments. If nothing else, this image was good for that.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Fallen Bird

It's odd - people always tell me my work looks like Japanese Prints, because sometimes it really does - thats not the odd part, the odd part is that people had been telling me that before I ever even looked at Japanese Prints. So I guess I made them look like prints without ever really knowing what a print looked like. Now that I have done research on the Japanese Prints, I know when I fall into that realm, but it used to just happen without my knowledge.