Friday, March 30, 2012

Zentangle #3

Another Zentangle for your Friday viewing please.  Enjoy!

Le Pen on Moleskine paper

Thursday, March 29, 2012

'Head Drawing' - Assignment #3 (Part 1)

The third assignment for 'Head Drawing' has 2 parts, the first of which was to draw 15 small heads from magazine photos emphasizing the light side vs. the shadow side of the face.  Of the 15, the following 2 are among my favorites.

charcoal on paper

charcoal on paper

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

'Situation & Environment' - Week 9

Today we began a new painting to be completed over multiple class sessions.  Mine is shown below and while it may be so exciting right now, I still have 2 more weeks to work on it so make sure to check back next Wednesday to see the progress!

oil on canvas

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

'Situation & Environment' - Assignment #2 (In Progress)

For this assignment, I am using a direct painting method with color added from the beginning instead of the monochromatic painting w/ color glazes employed last time.  The piece below will be finished for class next Wednesday so make sure to check back to see how it turns out!

oil on canvas

Monday, March 26, 2012

'Situation & Environment' - Assignment #2 (The Beginning)

Since the first assignment was to paint a figure under artificial light indoor, the second is to paint a figure outdoors in sunlight.  My photo reference is shown below along with a quick value sketch.  I did a value sketch for each reference choice to help evaluate.

Biltmore Hotel ~ Arizona
pencil on Moleskine paper

Sunday, March 25, 2012

'Narrative Illustration' - Assignment #4

The next assignment for 'Narrative Illustration' has been in collaboration with a class in the Advertising Department.  We are illustrating an advertisement for a local Judo studio which incorporates storybook characters.

For my preliminary sketch, I decided to give 'The Ugly Duckling' a chance to get back at the other ducklings for teasing him.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Figure Painting Workshop

The following painting was completed in 2-3 hrs yesterday afternoon at an AAU workshop.  These are some of the quickest paintings I attempt to complete and it is always a fun challenge!

oil on canvas

Friday, March 23, 2012

'Head Drawing' - Week 8

charcoal on drawing paper
Another one week pose from class today.  Regular readers should hopefully recognize the model from at least 2 previous posts.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Zentangle Artist Trading Card

Artist trading cards have been around since the late 90's and are small works of art (about the size of a baseball card) that are sold or traded between artists.  They are also the perfect size for Zentangles!  Can you tell what I was thinking of when working on the following card?


This card is available for trade so if anyone out there is interested, please comment! :)

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

'Situation & Environment' - Week 8

This week in class we finished painting from the pose we have been working on for the past 2 weeks.  I did not get as far as I would have liked since I spent the first week on a value/color and composition study.

oil on canvas

Next week will be the start of another 3 week painting and I will definitely get started on the final canvas sooner!  

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Zentangle #2

I've been having a lot of fun with Zentangles and this second example was somewhat biologically inspired.  What do you see?

Sunday, March 18, 2012

'Narrative Illustration' - Assignment 3 Final

Of the 3 sketches that I did to tell something about Albert Einstein (see post 3/4), the third was chosen as the class favorite.  I have been working on completing a final version using non-waterproof ink and india ink markers on watercolor paper, which can be seen below.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

'Head Drawing' - Week 7

charcoal on paper
Yesterday in class we began working in a more impressionistic style.  The drawing above was completed in about 3 hours from a live model.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

'Head Drawing' - Assignment #2

Last week I posted my 'in-progress' drawing for the second 'Head Drawing' assignment and the finished piece is pictured below.

charcoal on paper

*Photo updated 3/17

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

'Situation & Environment' - Week 7

Today in class we continued painting from the same pose as last week.  Since last week was spent working on a small study to work out color and composition, I started a larger painting today from a different position in the room.  It will be completed next Wednesday so make sure to check back to see the finished piece!

oil on canvas

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Zentangle - #1

I recently found out about the phenomena and practice of Zentangle® through a calligraphy and book arts catalog.  To find out more, I have been reading 'Yoga for Your Brain' by Sandy Steen Bartholomew and the composition below is my first attempt.

Le Pen and pencil on Moleskine paper

For awhile I have been looking for something creative that I can always be working on an iteration of and I think this may be it.  I have to admit I may be somewhat addicted so look for more Zentangle inspired art in the future!

Monday, March 12, 2012


graphite on bristol paper - 8.5" x 11"

The above drawings were done as the final project for 'Drawing Plants in Perspective' at Filoli.  I also decided to take the opportunity to practice my italic hand!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Nude Figure Workshop - #3

The following piece was done in about 2 hours this past Friday afternoon.  It's one of the quickest oil paintings in color I've done so far, but I spend so much time working on other things that it can be fun to work fast!

oil on canvas

Saturday, March 10, 2012

'Head Drawing' - Week 6

If you are a regular reader (and I thank you if you are :) ), you will recognize the drawing below as one I have been working on for a little while and it is now complete after 3 weeks of in-class work.

charcoal on paper

Thursday, March 8, 2012

'Head Drawing' - Assignment #2

Last week in 'Head Drawing' we each posed for a few minutes while everyone took reference photos to be used for our next assignment.  It was up to us to draw whomever we wished and I have posted my reference photo and in-progress drawing below.  The piece will be completed for class next Friday.

charcoal on paper

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

'Situation & Environment' - Week 6

This week we began painting from a pose that will be continued over the next 2 weeks.  The painting below is a small (12 x 16") study I did to work-out the composition and color choices.  Next week I will begin a larger canvas (16 x 20") with 2 class sessions to complete!

oil on canvas

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

'Situation & Environment' - Assignment #1

I have been busily adding color to my painting of Quinn from last week and the result can be seen below. There will be changes to make after the in-class critique tomorrow, but I am pleased with how it looks so far!

oil on canvas


Sunday, March 4, 2012

'Narrative Illustration' - Assignment 3

The next assignment for 'Narrative Illustration' is to create 3 sketches that tell something about Einstein and fir within the dimensions of 3" x 8".  The 3 sketches below will be shown in class tomorrow and them one will be completed; most likely in watercolor.  The information they are meant to convey is listed below each piece.

Einstein's brain was driven from New Jersey in a Tupperware bowl in the back of a Buick.

A favorite Einstein quote of mine - self explanatory.

He was a ladies man.

Comment and tell me which is your favorite!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Life Drawing in Color Pencil

The following drawing was done from life over a couple of hours at the very end of last semester.

color pencil on pastel paper

Friday, March 2, 2012

'Head Drawing' - Week 5

Today's post continues the drawing featured yesterday.  I have one more day to work on it next Friday and then it will be done!

charcoal on paper

Thursday, March 1, 2012

'Head Drawing' - Week 4

Last week in 'Head Drawing we began a portrait to be completed over three weeks.  Tomorrow we will continue, but this is but it looks like so far!

charcoal on paper