Monday, December 31, 2012

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

I hope your holidays have been merry!

I allowed myself one week this holiday season to take a break from "work". I nevertheless kept myself busy doing some sketching here and there as well as conceptualizing for my senior art project.

A view of Lake Silencio--er--Powell, Utah from the docks at Bullfrog Marina. I could spend a month painting the rocks there. Making paintings of the rocks would be cool too.

Pops relaxing on Christmas day.

Some pen concept sketches leading up to a more developed version in gouache. If you haven't tried gouache for making concept sketches, then please do it. It's fast and the colors are vibrant, which is great for getting the tonal organization of your composition down.

The above concept is based on Psalm 148 and is actually a triptych, in other words, three physically separate paintings that are meant to be viewed together. I almost forgot that a painting I did earlier this past year was also based on Psalm 148. This painting (digital), which you can see bellow, takes an entirely different approach to the psalm. Ideally, I just wanted to draw a giant sea monster, so he became the "focal point". Also, the piece remains unfinished, for now. My original plan was for there to be little fishes swirling around the leviathan's tail to give the creature a sense of scale.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Happy Holidays!

Ok, so this missing a week of posts thing. I said it won't happen again, but it most definitely will happen, as it just did. I have been busy with college applications and commissions--something that's actually very new to me. I know what your are thinking. I have no excuse not to be putting up some work-in-progress shots especially since I should have some new work, hypothetically.

Here is my moth-marmoset-monkey. Thing. His name is "Three" and his nickname is Mittens. The reason behind his existence is that I have an "assignment" for my application to SVA that calls for two works under the symbolism-oriented themes of either "three", "evil", or "pie". Also, I really wanted to do a character/creature concept, which in my mind I thought would take much shorter time than doing a scene painting. Hopefully, this concept is acceptable as a "work". Too late now! Evil should be fun. I am playing with the idea of an evil weevil...

In the next post, you can expect a fully-colored creature with a detailed description as to why exactly Three has such long claws.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Pygmy Marmosets

I missed another week of blog posts, so to make up for it, I give you pygmy marmosets and moths...

I am preparing to do a creature design that is mostly based off monkey anatomy and has some moth elements to it.