Project Updates: Jan 25, 2017

January 25, 2017 at 12:27 pm (Art, Markers, painting, Thinking) (, , , , , , )


I’ve only been posting here when I finish a new painting, but I’ve been very busy lately. I’ve recently changed jobs and have been enjoying my new position. It’s made me pretty busy, but I’ve also been working on a lot of different projects on the side as well. To give a brief overview on a few of these projects:

  • I’ve been learning more about well-known artists. Edward Hopper is one such artist that I have been appreciating. He has almost an illustration art style, which is based in realism, but the scenes he produces are fantastic. They are typically scenes where we’re between exciting events, or scenes that are isolated, yet have a story to them. We see evidence that people have lived here, but we’ve missed the “action”. My last piece was influenced by this idea, but I think I will practice it further to try for a better execution.
  • I’ve been experimenting with toned paper for coloured pencils. I am working on a reproduction of a scene from the box art of the latest Arkham Horror: Card Game expansion. It takes up most of a page, so I’m not very far into it yet.
  • I’ve acquired some sets of artist markers. I bought art-store-brand so I can figure out what I’m doing and not invest a huge amount of money on expensive ones. At the bottom of this post will be a picture of my first attempt with them. I picked a simple strawberry to try to practice style and blending techniques.
  • I’m planning on writing a childrens’ book and illustrating it myself. I’m only at the beginning of this project, so I have very little to show, but it is in progress. I’m hoping to use my new markers for the illustration, but I may decide to mix in some watercolour pencils as well, depending on how it goes.

 

 

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Some more paintings from my week off

November 27, 2016 at 5:36 pm (acrylic painting, Art, Colored Pencils, painting) (, , , , , , , , )


Here are some more paintings I worked on during my week between jobs. The following is a brief description of each:

Deep Tractor Ruts: This was my first attempt at using a gel medium. The photo doesn’t show it, but the tractor ruts are actually textured. 8″x10″.

Flower in Watercolour: This was my first usage of watercolour pencils. I wanted to give them a try, so I picked a copyright-free image of a flower to use.

Sunlit Woodland Path: This was a quick painting I did to play with more expressive styles. 8″x10″.

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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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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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