April 30, 2017 – Completed Art Projects!

April 30, 2017 at 7:51 pm (acrylic painting, Art, Markers, painting) (, , , , , )


I’ve finally gotten around to finishing (and starting) some of my art projects this weekend! The first one to display is a Van Gogh reproduction I’ve been working on (on and off) for a while: Wheat Field with Cypress. I used alcohol-based marker on smooth bristol, and it was my first actual piece using markerĀ (outside of a couple tests).

Next, I finished a painting I had started a while ago and gave up on. I essentially went back and brought it up to a spot where I didn’t want to touch it anymore; I’m not happy with it either way, but it’s in a state of completion now. Acrylic on canvas.

Lastly, I started and finished a painting that I’m a little on the fence on. I like some elements of it, but I don’t know how I feel overall. I likely could have done a bit better on the composition of it as well as the detail work in some areas. Acrylic on canvas.

 

 

 

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Arkham Horror in Coloured Pencil

November 24, 2016 at 7:27 pm (Art, Board games, Colored Pencils) (, , , , )


This is my second attempt at using coloured pencils (Prisma Colors). It’s a picture of the cover art for the board game Arkham Horror. I’ve only casually been working on it while watching tv, so I have no idea how long it really took, but I spent more time on it than I should. Eventually, I got bored and realized I didn’t center it properly, so I stopped working on it. It is roughly 7″ by 4″ on mixed media paper.

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Afternoon Projects

October 1, 2016 at 4:44 pm (Art, painting) (, , , , )


I had some coffee this morning and then was itching to do something productive, specifically something art-related. I ended up doing almost 3 full pieces (acrylics on 8×10″ canvas). I used a couple YouTube tutorials for the first two to get in the mood for the style I wanted to play with and then did the third as an original based on a photo I took in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

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First time using colored pencils

September 30, 2016 at 8:44 am (Art, Colored Pencils, Sketches) (, , , , )


I found an old set of Prismacolor Scholars in my mother’s basement when I was cleaning out old highschool and college stuff, so I figured I’d try my hand at that. I found a YouTube video of an artist’s timelapse of finishing a picture and decided to try to do what he was doing. I have mixed feelings about it; I think I’ll need a few more tries before I like what I do.

The long version of the story here is that I also discovered that I bought my wife a set of Faber Castell colored pencils a while ago. I was a little excited to try them out because of what I’d heard about them (they’re oil-based vs wax-based). I started drawing the same picture as you see above (which was my first attempt at it) and I got part-way through before I realized my mistake. It turns out these were Faber Castell “Classic” colored pencils – meaning they’re not much different than typical Crayola ones. The big deal here is that they don’t blend at all; I had just assumed I was doing it wrong and trucked on. This is what that partial looked like:

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Taking up painting again

February 8, 2016 at 4:35 pm (Art, painting) (, , , , )


I haven’t been posting here due to posting more often on my LinkedIn page. However, I’ve been taking up painting in the past couple weeks. As part of practicing for a larger piece, I’ve been doing smaller tests to work on my brush and mixing technique. I’ve mostly been using dollar store quality paints and canvas boards, and I’m definitely noticing the limitations lately, but it’s been interesting all the same. Here are a few pictures of my practice.

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Art Update (part 2)

August 5, 2012 at 11:54 am (Art) (, , , )


Here is a picture I painted for my girlfriend. It’s a character from the game Fire Emblem on some tea-soaked paper.

Painted with acrylic on tea-stained paper

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Steampunk Coffee Cup Art

June 22, 2011 at 1:29 pm (Art, Games) (, , , , , , , )


So I got back into sketching on my coffee cups (found another place that uses the plain white cups in Halifax). So here’s one I did during a class. There’s more on the sides but I didn’t take pictures of those yet. This is a character for a game design I’m working on right now.

 

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Project updates from 2010

May 5, 2010 at 1:46 pm (Computer Science, Graphics) (, , , , , , , , , , )


So I’ve been fairly busy with finishing off the coursework required for my Masters degree lately. I’m in the process of tying up some loose ends right now before I start putting all my attention towards my thesis research.

One of the projects I’m finishing up is a software for visualizing genome comparison data. I’ve named it BioHive due to it reminding me of a bee hive because of the layered approach I used. I might post some screenshots at a later point in time once I finish fixing it up and use it a bit.

Another interesting project is a Russian propaganda poster generator. I call it Red Art and it turns photographs of people into traditional propaganda posters from the 1930’s. It was a little irritating to work on due to the difficulties with consistent automatic image segmentation, but overall I had fun making the software. I’ll post images of the results later as well, but I’m currently trying a new approach to this idea to try and improve it. We’ll see how far I get with it.

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