Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Last Artwork of 2008- The Lego Space Fighter



Finally the Lego space fighter is finished! This also is my very last artwork of 2008. Not a bad way to end the year. I've left a picture with myself next to the model for you to get an idea of its size. You can see in my previous post what this is based off of. What I thought was cool was that the entire time I used no reference and somehow was able to pull off a fighter jet like appearance. I still have yet to figure out its name. Hope you enjoy it and enjoy your last moments of 2008. Happy New Year and see you in 2009!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Legos over the winter break


Usually during my breaks between semesters I have the opportunity to get back into my old and favorite pass-time and medium to work in: building with Legos. Here is work in progress of a spaceship inspired by a model I made when I was in 1st grade 14 years ago and newer drawings of the ship. It is also supposed to be a ship in a sci-fi edge of the universe story based on the book of Revelations. I find it is more enjoyable and easier to create Lego models as well as other art when I have a dynamic story playing out in my mind. This model should be completed in the next week or so- usually doesn't take too long to create one of these. The only reason something like this would take so much time is that a majority of the model is made up as I go. Hopefully you like it! Have a wonderful Christmas Eve and a great Christmas tomorrow. What a blessed day it is to remember He came and why He came!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

A Touch of a Mello Trombone was Needed for this blog

Finally my Trombone painting from my Still Life Painting class from Spring 2008 has made it to my blog! This, like my cross section seen on my blog header made it to the 2008 AAU Spring Show. I know that most artists have a favorite piece of theirs that they have made and this piece is my most favorite. It is 18"x36" oil on canvas of my trombone. The painting of the trombone is larger than the trombone itself. The trombone is a Blessing brand and was a blessing and so is being able to produce such work as this. My Creator, the Greatest Artist of all times has blessed me with something great that has continued to grow over the years and this painting to me is an example of how He has helped me improve and grow.

More various Clothed Figure Drawing 2 stuff





Here are some more Clothed Figure 2 drawings from the nearing end of this semester. More done in color as I have found an incredible liking to doing figure drawing in color. It provides an extra challenge as well as it is somehow easier for me to visually think. To Emerson, Pierre, and Angeline: COLORS!!!!!!!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Cross Sections, Alice and Wonderland, and Bears Oh My!

Above and Below: Here is my Illustration 1 final. I can't believe that I am done with homework for the semester! Woot! This is a cross section of a ship I designed that I will eventually do a more detailed design of later with cross sectioning. I had a week to create thumbnails and then 1 week to produce the final- an insanly short time for a cross section (I learned some short cuts). The drawing process only took five hours- painting, maybe ten hours. Not bad time considering I used to be a much slower painter. The final above is in gouache and is 15" x 20". (to large if you ask me for the limit of time). Hope you like it and have enjoyed the works of this semester. Depending I may post up my remaining Clothed Figure Drawing 2 inclass work if it turns out well and time permits. Otherwise, have a wonderful break all of you fellow classmates and a very blessed holiday in honor of our amazing King and His birth!

Below and above: Alice and Wonderland in an attempted emulation of Alphonse Mucha style for Clothed Figure Drawing 2. The top is digital since I don't know watercolor yet. It still has some contrast fixing to do, but that will come later in time when I can get to it. Thanks to Isabella Kung for modeling as Alice! Helped out quite a bit!


BEAR!!! Bear done in gouache on a highly textured surface for an inclass assignment.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Clothed Figure 2 drawings throughout the semester

These are some of the drawings I did in class for my Clothed Figure 2 drawing class this semester. Some are definitely better than others, but thought I'd post a mass amount of them for fun. Some of these pictures are terribly yellowed due to my camera, but hopefully I will be in luck as I have a new camera coming soon to replace this one which is somewhat broken in the first place.

Editorial for Illustration 1- in progress


Here is some of the work in progress for my editorial assignment for Illustration 1. I did a rough pencil sketch and painted over it with gouache using references of snowy environments, Denver airport, and plump, delicious turkeys that I was able to devour this Thanksgiving! I still have yet to put the matting on this piece and will post when that is complete. "The New Yorker" print is out of date because I printed off a heading from an older magazine onto a transparency to get a better idea of how the editorial would look in finish- hopefully I can type in today's date if I figure out how to match the New Yorker's type font. Anyway, I spent a good solid and strait 7 hours working on this piece (faster than usual, but still exhausting) and am due for some sleep now. I'll be posting soon the final with a better photo as well.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Gouache Landscape

In Illustration 1 in class we were supposed to use landscape reference- change it up- and create our own landscape and paint it in gouache. The piece is 6in x 8in and only took about 2 and 1/2 hours to paint. I am so glad that I've learned these new techniques in gouache and that Christ has given this gift to make art which is so much fun! I see that I keep improving more and more and it is just exciting to progress!

Midwest Trip

Drawing choirs was a very challenging experience considering how many there were and the short amount of time I had to draw them.





Recently I took a short weekend trip to the Midwest as it amazingly did not cost too much and was able to visit my old friend and celebrate her 21st birthday! It was a lot of fun and definitely a trip that God had planned me to take as it has helped my faith tremendously as I stood amazed by the strength of my friend and her friends in their faith in Christ! While on this awesome excursion I was able to get in some drawings- like the 9hours I was stuck at Denver even though there weren't many people to draw there. Plus a marching band and football game (in the bitter cold!- it's hard to sketch when your body is shaking from the cold.) and even two large choirs! All in all it was pretty awesome to say the least!

20,000 Leagues Piece with adjustment


Sometimes these things happen- actually in artschool it happens a lot. Anyway, here is my Illustration 1 piece with some touch ups like the shadow side of the leg. I had to repost as this was definitely much stronger.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea of busy, busy Illustration Work

Here is the final with text included painted in gouache. 8.5"x11"
Here is another Illustration 1 project. We had to use a myth, fable, or popular novel. I chose to do 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne and used a small excerpt from it to illustrate. There were many steps in creating this final, but above is a refined, full scale value study I did to ensure a better result for the final. To get to this point includes lots of reference, thumbnails, value studies, and color roughs before approaching the final. Hope you enjoy!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Clothed Figure 2 on toned paper!


I liked how this one turned out. Took my time with it, but had fun and hopefully stands as a good piece for the level I am at, although I do look forward to improving in the next year and a half here at school.


Used some green with this- the bottom half seemed a little odd to me so I only photographed the top! I wish I could have gotten more done, but that will come with time as I learn better time management with practice.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Illustration 1 Toy Assignment


I should post this up before I forget about it and get bogged down with homework this semester. This was an assignment for Illustration 1 with a toy on a patterned surface with either warm or cool light- I chose to use my Metabot action figure with warm light in front of my computer with a made up pattern and fake object near the computer. It was done in gouache which I have not used in a long time and was approached in the ever-so-lovely Color and Design application of the paint (for those of you who know the pain of that process >D ) It seemed to turn out well. Hope you like it.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Fall Costume Carnival 2008


Made some fire with pastels and conte around the figure

although I tend to overextend the legs, I liked the color in this one!
a fun experiment with color in a 20minute pose
this is a first! I started with the hand and worked right and successfully pulled off the 5minute pose!


one of my favorites of the day!



The Academy of Art University holds a Costume Carnival every Fall and Spring semester. This one came today, the day after Halloween. Zombies, dead cowboys, sorcerers, post-apocalyptic punks, and cool looking stands which I had the fun opportunity setting up with spiderwebs, draperies, cauldrons, throne rooms, graveyards, etc. It was a lot of fun and I got in 24 drawings today!! Not all are posted- some weren't successful, but these are some of those that I found most enjoyable. Hope you enjoy it too and that you had a great Halloween weekend!

Clothed Figure 2 Drawings



Clothed Figure 2 Drawings experimenting with different colors and simple portrait

Saturday, October 25, 2008

An assignment for Illustration 1 in pen and ink. Composite design based on a good or bad dream or event in our lives. I chose my struggle with lust. Hopefully the imagery explains it all.