So, I've been working a lot of my school projects this semester, but the deal is this..... one of the projects (the most exciting one) is somewhat exclusive. It's a graphic novel, and it will be published soon!
If you'd like to read about the project, there is a website:
This is a concept drawing for a project I'm doing in my perspective class. I've decided, through the workings of this project, that I have another goal in life: to visit the grand libraries of the world. I hope, someday, to design a library for a film, and it will include a fountain!!!!!!
I've been working on a mural in my room! It's very simple, but it'll most likely grow over time. I also painted my head board... again. I used to paint furniture all the time, and I've found I really miss it. Up next: a trip to Goodwill for some neat-o night-stands or small tables that I can paint. We'll see.
I've been playing around with this idea for a painting, which I started working through at the end of last semester. The only difference between this concept and the origional was the birds were actually flying acrobatic figures. I think I'll go for the circus folk for the origional painting. The digital painting has it's own, ghostly quality that I like. I'll put the painting up when it's finished and we can compare.
David suggested I draw a "shark monster". I find sharks, monstrous enough, but if I had to add anything to them to make them even more of a threat, I would add long, tongue-like tendrils that surge out of their throats and pierce you in the jugular and drag you down toward their open mouths so they may devour you. The day sharks evolve to have any sort of appendages in the day I will never go further than 3 feet deep into the ocean.
So. This is an experiment. I just downloaded the free program, "Art Rage" after hearing a friend talk about it, and I have to say, there are some pros but mostly cons. First of all, it doesn't draw well: the cursor is complicated as it changes from tool to tool, and though I didn't use a wacom tablet for this doodle, I can tell by the way the "medium" drags that it's awkward. The end result has a nice look to it, as far as the paint consistency and marker opacity. Still, I think I would much rather paint digitally in Photoshop....
This is an experiment with Photoshop, since the semester has wrapped up and I need to start practicing for NEXT semester. I decided to draw Boneyleg's hut on chicken feet; I had abandoned the idea for one of my projects. It was a fun hour and a half, though my neck now has a crick in it. Is this what I have to look forward to for Digital illustration? :) Regardless, Photoshop is fun, quick, and effective.
I thought I would offer my artist statement to the few of you that view this site. I was encouraged (forced) to write about my own philosophy of art-making. I can truly say I am happy (satisfied) with the end result. Regardless, the content is honest (honest) and I hope it hints to the truth behind why I have chosen this profession.
When I make Art, I feel alive. There is a personal need to re-create the good and fascinating feelings of everyday life through a visual medium. Whether it is paint, pen, or pencil, the medium will show just how the moment had caressed the skin, delighted the eyes, and charged the soul.
In the process of making art, the work becomes a prayer, an unknown, focused activity, with a goal in mind, yet the prayer and discovery during the process lead to a transformation of that goal. The paintings take on their own language and, in the end, enlighten the soul about life. The drawings of my exhausted roommates, completely dead from their mountains of schoolwork, are due to contemplation of the trials of my generation. I look at my classmates and I do not see any passion for education. Instead, I see zombies hugging their computers and i-pods tightly, worrying about money and deadlines when, ultimately, they should be loving life and learning. Our society needs to change its motives, and find a reason to live, a reason that does not require satisfaction through material consumption. Perhaps painting faces devoid of expression will show my peers how sickly they look, how utterly thrashed they have become. If only they could realize….
I believe I was born to observe the world around me; the people who walk by every day, all from different homes with different parents and different futures. Observation fuels the paint, and acts as a mirror, showing the world who they are, and how glorious life really is.
So. Now is a new chapter of my life. I am choosing to live a total-vegitarian, if not semi-vegan, lifestyle and I have much more confidence in my future. I feel clear and clean, and energized! Joe's class is also proving to be progressive and successful for there are new discoveries every week. This paintings above were a focus on light and color. I chose to do something different: paint a solid and creamy blue background. I am quite happy with the results.