February 25, 2010

Further Progress

Well, I've gotten a few more hours in on this painting. I'm hoping to have it ready for a showing at Utrecht here in Columbus. It's a weird piece, I think. Part religious icon, part Klimt inspired pattern work. I've always liked images that have part that drops out, implying parts that aren't actually there.

I can't help it. Sometimes my Catholic upbringing comes out in my art. I like the imagery, and it will always be a part of me.

I'm hoping this will be done soon. I had a devil of a time on the hands (I generally suck at drawing hands, and painting them is worse!) I'll post the results here when I have them.

February 20, 2010

Works in Progress

So, this is what I've been up to the last two days. I was working on sketches for another painting and in the mess of visual research and thumbnailing I came up with the above sketch. I liked it so I decided to turn it into a painting.

I haven't done any real painting in a long time. I've been focusing on digital painting. Any time I've used paint is to paint props for the films I've worked on. I recently got the itch to get back to traditional media. The second image is the progress I made today. It's about 3 hours of work. I still have a long way to go. I'm not looking forward to painting the hands, which I wasn't so great at when I was in art school (when I was creating every day).

At this point, I'm kinda changing the nature of this blog. Instead of posting a drawing every day, I'll be posting the progress I make on the various projects I have going on. Enjoy!

Where Have You Been?

Well, it's been a few weeks since I've posted. But never fear, I've been busy making stuff. I was working on my Etsy shop, which just launched two days ago. So now I have plush C'thulhus and dinosaur necklaces available. I'm currently working on more products which will hopefully debut soon.

Take a look if you get a chance! My shop is under the username Teratologie.


February 3, 2010

Drawing-a-Day: Nouveau Pen

Today's image was inspired by the design work of the Art Nouveau movement. Because it makes total sense to have a pen with weird smoke drifting from it.

February 2, 2010

Drawing-a-Day: Can't Make Heads or Tails of This

Continuing from yesterday's Steampunk theme is this lovely lady. I wanted to draw a woman in Victorian garb and this is what came out. To me she's traveling, possibly in a foreign city, and upon arrival consults her map. It doesn't make so much sense to her, which is how I feel when I'm in a new city on the first day. No matter how much I prepare ahead of time, I still feel kind of lost.

New Drawing and Month Review

Today's drawing is of a trilobite is a filigreed frame. The frame is actually based on a piece of jewelry I have and I wanted to see if I could design the shape of the trilobite into the parameters of the oval. I'm a huge fan of dinosaurs and all things prehistoric, and the trilobite is on of my favorite critters from that by-gone era. I think it's form fits right in with my predilection for the steampunk aesthetic. It's a symbol of an era of discovery.

So, here I am in the second month of the "drawing-a-day" project. I kinda failed at that this past week. All I can do is redouble my efforts and try to crank drawings out. I believe part of this is because I'm still hung up on doing nice or complete drawings. It's difficult to just put crappy doodle out there for the world to see. But I believe that becoming a better artist involves having less of an ego about one's work. So, we'll see how things go from here.