Saturday, January 28, 2012
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
During the fall semester I set a goal of one ink piece a day for the Month of October. Below is a selection of some of the results.
These seven are from a book of movie stills.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
This top image was done shortly after arriving back on campus as was the portrait of Apple's new CEO Tim Cook. The last set of images are ink studies, one a day for the month of October. So far I am on track.
Wednesday, September 07, 2011
A few minutes later I was drawing on real paper with real ink and having a blast. No reference, no pencil sketch. The experience was similar to the way I drew as a kid, before I started caring what people thought, but keeping in mind the perspective rules and composition guidelines I had gained in the past few weeks. If I missed up I grabbed another sheet and drew another one. I then collaged them together in the computer, which allowed me to adjust the size and placement to exactly what I wanted (thanks to Jeff Love for the tip). The textures were the only elements I used from online sources.
Saturday, September 03, 2011
Being at home this summer was a blast. I got to hang with old friends and and catch up on the past year. But, I also had a lot of unstructured time to just plain work. It was the first time all year that I had no assignments for classes, or papers to write.
Not really having a plan, I just started producing pieces. I knew I had a lot to learn and the fastest way to do this would be making mistakes and then learning from them. Once I got a nice stack of them, I sorted out the ones I considered best, scanned them in and started asking for critiques. I got great, honest feedback, and now am working to solve those problems.
Right before classes started up last week, I was bummed that I would no longer have time to work exactly what I wanted to. However, I quickly realized that I now have a full team of instructors that are know exactly what my work is missing, and how to improve it. Super pumped for this semester!
Saturday, July 30, 2011
I have been documenting and uploading my work for over two years now, and it is interesting for me to look back at where I was. I am realizing how motivating looking at old work can be. Some of the sketches I posted from two years ago were at least at the time, the greatest thing I had ever done. Now, all I can see is how off the proportions were and that the eyes are poorly drawn. This shows the progress that can be made, and gives me a reason and the energy to keep going. It shows that as frustrating as the past week may have been, skills still improve over time. Wanna see my old work? Click here for my stuff from 2008. A lot of cartoons and photoshop await!
It is not until I finish a drawing that I can step back and see what is wrong with it. Setting the piece down and coming back the next day will make some mistakes every obvious. A year of practice and art school makes them almost leap out at you. This is part of what makes getting people to look at your work so important. They have a different set of eyes than you and most of the time they have more experience than you too. They know what makes a piece work (or not work). Show your work to people! Ask them to be honest.
This self portrait was done in back in March.
I stopped uploading work online for several months recently because I was unhappy with my where my work was at the time. I was also wary of spending too much time posting stuff online when I should be drawing and improving my skills (it takes time to scan, adjust and upload work). But now I see how helpful and fun it can be to look at old work. I know that I always check the archives of other peoples blogs and compare their old work to the new. My reasons for uploading are now to document where I am, so that over time I can get a sense of where I am going. Hopefully it can eventually help someone else out down the road too.