Thursday, March 22, 2012

Dinosaurs! EEP!

Yet another project that's been languishing on my floor//hard drive...Haha! This one is a layout for Will in which we had to have USC students from the 1890's (Yes, you heard me) discovering dino skeletons underground. Good stuff.

Anyways, this is just the rough. It was going to be the final, haha, but then Will went over now it's a rough. Final to come ;)

I did the inks by hand with a paintbrush and India ink...craziness. I was inspired by Munuera (see previous posts), and wanted to try a new medium. It was easier than I expected, but I'm still uncomfortable with the ink and I hesitate to use deep blacks.
That's why, without the color, the ink just looks confusing--it's hard to read depth and distance since it's a ton of lines without a lot of shadow. So using blacks intelligently is next on my list of learning!

Here are the inks:

Notice how all the lines point to the focal point? I was practicing "Subordination by radiation"...and was being VERY obvious about it! A compositional device, you basically line EVERYTHING up to point towards a central point. Notice how all the dinosaurs point to the kids? And how all the rocks point to the kids? And how the dinosaur's HAND points to the kids? And how the...okay I'll stop.

And here's a basic tonal with some color layers added for...I don't know, excitement? haha too busy to actually paint it in color :(

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Island Time!

The model for this week's class with Mark McDonnell was a Hawaiian, and gave us some great poses!

Aaaand for this one, all I had to do to finish the drawing was the girl's hands...but I was SO lazy that I just scanned it like this. Ha! 

Girls from the Land and Sea

More gesture drawing: After warming up, I spent a little more time on a few sketches having some fun...
Mark showed me how to use my toned paper a little more effectively, to highlight or create contrast.

Gesture Drawing--Muscle Beach Grandpa

We had a GREAT model at Mark's class a few weeks ago.
I did more than these, but here's some of the sketches that I threw together:

Thursday, March 8, 2012

NEWS! And a small sketch...

SO tonight I had something waiting for me on my doorstep when I got home:

Haha, I was very excited. Especially so because, before mounting the stairs to my doorway, I stopped at my mailbox and pulled out a very small, boring-looking envelope from Art Center, and immediately started running through possible disaster-response options in my head. Turns out the other envelope was a random letter from the financial aid office...


So what's up with art?
Hmm. LOTS! I've been doing a TON of work lately, but don't have time to upload it. I'll do it all next week, but hopefully this little sketch will be distracting enough until then:

It's an homage to one of my favorite artists, Jose Luis Munuera.
I recently picked up his book, "La Signe de la Lune" and was thoroughly inspired by his amazing inks and coloring, plus his downright fantastic drawing!

Here's a sample page of his work: