Saturday, May 22, 2010

Process Shots of Older Paintings

Here are some process shots of paintings that were done between 2 to 4 years ago (the completed paintings are on my website). These photos were taken quickly with relatively poor lighting so excuse the weird raking light on the canvases. I'm currently working on another portrait and will post progress shots with it once it is finished.

Thanks to everyone who gave me suggestions (on the blog, Facebook and in person) for the Webisodes I'm working on. They will help guide the coming episodes.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Webisode Preview

I'm working on some instructional webisodes that I hope to begin posting this summer. They will be about 5-10 minutes each and may consist of small demos, concepts or other art related material. If anyone has suggestions for the kind of thing they would like to see, please let me know.


Saturday, May 1, 2010

Living up to the Name of the Blog

Okay, I thought I'd get back to some actual sketch book stuff.

I'm still not quite ready to show sketches of the painting I'm planning next. I want to get a little further in some of the compositional sketches and then I'll share. In the Meantime:
Here is another one of my old whaling themed sketches. I have a ton of these and I'll post them here and there as I go along. This one was going to be set between two rocky cliffs on a little island. Just beyond the figures was going to be a beach and the little boat the two standing figures arrived on. In the distance, off shore a bit, was going to be the large whaling vessel. The idea was that the guy on the ground deserted by stealing a little boat and had an ill fate by shipwrecking on this barren island. Anyway, the most that will come of this drawing now is the description I just gave (although writing about it makes me want to revisit it).

These other drawings are pure sketchbook stuff. I am sort of hesitant to post them because they doesn't seem particularly relevant to any of the work I do. But, this is the kind of stuff I draw every day in my sketchbook. Doing them feels a little like writing a short story. I doodle these landscapes and little villages all the while imagining the people there, the roads they take, the lives they lead, the kind of terrain around them etc... I do this almost involuntarily. It maintains the experience drawing has always been for me since I was a little kid; one of pure pleasure and imagination. My fine art paintings are certainly fun and hopefully demonstrate that same degree of imagination but they go through an intense conceptual process that extends over several weeks and maybe months. Drawing like this is like writing without an editor and in many ways feeds into the ideas that turn into paintings.