Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Poster design

A friend's band wanted a poster design that they could use for upcoming gigs... et voila.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Acrylic paintings

I decided that painting on different supports is a good idea, because as convenient as my paper sketchbook it, the paint kind of soaks in and I lose any texture that I might be working on.

So I found a few junky canvases and also some other kinds of board/paper to experiment with.

These two paintings were both done with a limited color palette (3 colors plus white and a little black) which is good both for color mixing practice and also getting a unified look. It always surprises me at the end of a session to look down and see how many colors i have mixed, intentionally and by accident, using just 3 colors. I've seen some masters paint with only TWO colors and it doesn't feel lacking. There's an incredible array of color and tone hidden in just a few paints!

Unfortunately these photos aren't great, but they'll have to do for now.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Digital painting

Last time i was painting it was super-cold and I didn't want to stay in my painting room (which is chilly!) so I decided to do some digital painting in the (heated) office.

I had been reading some more about underpaintings and their functions, so I decided to give it a go for the still life I was painting.

In the end, it didn't have much effect on the final work (i.e there aren't many parts where you can see the underpaint shine through) but I think it did help me with choosing colors and values. In any case, the painting turned out pretty well, I think... quite accurate to the photo I was referencing and I was particularly pleased with the glass/water (apart from the wonky, non-circular shape which is a big no-no!).

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Face paintings III

A few more paintings...

I had a few pages in my sketchbook with already-painted backgrounds (remnants of paint at the end of previous sessions) and it was interesting to work on these... seeing how the underlying color enhanced or contrasted the paint I was laying down. A nice change from starting with white.

I'm starting to get a few parts of my images that I like - an eye that has some depth to it, a nose that's nicely described using just a few efficient strokes, it's a good feeling to see some progress and things starting to come together.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Face paintings II

Been doing some more face painting practices in my sketchbook... gradually getting a better feel for the paint and learning heaps more about color, as usual. I think the next thing to concentrate on will be values again, because as always I don't push the darks dark enough. I think mixing paint and maintaining the correct colors is a pretty tricky skill, but i'll get it :)

I said in my last post that I might start focusing on structural/facial accuracy and depiction as well, but that didn't happen. I get bogged down in that a bit, so I feel alright leaving that aside for now.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Face paintings

As part of my acrylic painting forays, I've started painting a few faces to practice skin tones, paint handling and particularly getting used to the unique aspects of portraiture compared to other kinds of art. I don't worry too much about accuracy and realism apart from doing a quick pencil sketch to start, but I am thinking maybe I should incorporate it, cause I need to work on that as well.

They're quick studies, probably less than half an hour each, so I haven't developed any of them very far, but just try out new things. The plan, I guess, is to gradually start doing more 'serious' work as I improve - portraiture is something that appeals to me and I'd like to find a unique, interesting way to present them (rather than just a very realistic, documentary approach).

But for now, here's the first few...

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Painting development

I've started painting a few canvases to hang in my house, as part of a general push to do some more "real" painting... i figure if I get going with these then I might get some momentum and keep painting more.

The first one is done (photo will come at some point) but I've gotten stuck with the second. I spent a few hours playing round with some ideas digitally, which is great for testing/drafting since it's quick, non-permanent and very flexible. I don't think any of them are actually what I want to do, but I enjoyed the process anyway.

Sunday, April 3, 2011


Was just doodling round for a bit while I waited for something, and liked the colors that were coming together.

On the weekend I went to a children's book illustration exhibition and saw a lot of great stuff. I didn't exactly have that in mind when I did this but I guess it's along those lines. I've recently been really digging lens artifacts as well - light blooms, bokeh and all that filmic stuff. It adds a level of texture that I find appealing, and isn't something I see much in other people's art/illustration work.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

I'm still somewhere

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and so on. I've been somewhere... still here but not doing a lot of arty stuff and not uploading the bits I HAVE done. I'll be doing some painting soon, which is cool, but for now, here's a few hipsta-photos just to get me back into the swing of things, hopefully.

Apparently I'm in a blue and lemon mood at the moment, cause the ones that stood out to me from what I had on my phone were all that sporting lovely blue look with light touches and golden highlights.