Saturday, December 22, 2012

Final Posters from December

These are the last three poster paintings from class this past term.  It's been a challenge, but I have a lot of fun doing these studies, and hope to improve over time.  Next term, I am going to focus purely on drawing.  I hope to continue with painting on the side, to keep practicing, but I'm really looking to learn how to make accurate, tonal drawings from life.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Drawing Exercise

This was a drawing from class earlier tonight.  Unfortunately, I missed the point of the exercise which was to create a hierarchy of values, as a study for a smaller poster painting that we did the 2nd half of class.  

This is the poster study.  I can't take credit for it, as my instructor did a generous paint-over to correct the numerous mistakes.  I've noticed I have a bad habit of mixing my colors too intense, overall.  But I'm hoping to train my eyes to perceive what's happening in nature more accurately.  Painting is a humbling exercise.  It certainly shows you how much you actually don't know.  But it's still a very enjoyable and rewarding journey so far.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Poster Study from Life

Painted a still life setup with my good buddy Craig.  3 hours.  Some of the colors are definitely off, but I was just happy to get the canvas covered.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Oil Painting Study

The first image is my initial lay-in. We were instructed to block in the shadows and large areas with accurate color to the best of our ability.  In the second image my instructor, Ryan Wurmser, painted on top of my foundation. He was telling me what I should be looking for as I'm painting from life.  
The last image is as far as I got blocking in the remainder of the painting until the end of the session.  The apparent temperature change is from my lousy camera...

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Friday, August 31, 2012

Denny's in Anaheim

I hope after a year of this that I'll have gotten better at drawing darn tables and chairs...

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

UCI Campus

I need to study how to draw trees, leaves, and foliage in general.  I have a hard time with it feeling too separate.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Saturday, August 18, 2012

More Observational Drawing...

Still struggling to find the right way to describe this stuff.  I often fall into the trap of trying to draw EVERYTHING instead of finding a focal point and fading out from there.  I find this more enjoyable than trying to draw people out in public, though...

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Life Drawings

studies from life.

Trying to get better at measuring distances and angles.  This stuff is really difficult...but fun :)

Monday, August 6, 2012

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Late night sketch

Trying out some new brushes...  Still feel my values need a lot of work.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Monday, May 7, 2012

Value Study 5_07

Still trying to get the hang of this stuff.  I need to concentrate on simplifying things and not getting sucked into detail too early.