Saturday, June 30, 2012

Edward Hopper's "Lighthouse at Two Lights" study

Searched all day for a painter who I really liked and could do a study from. Edward Hopper makes me smile.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Egg on Your Face, a short story

Well here it is at long last. It took roughly two months to complete this short narrative. Plenty of research and love went into the making. Critiques are welcome. I'll do whatever it takes to take this baby to the next level. Open the images in a new tab to view the text in full scale.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

The Shape of Destiny

At long last I have reached my decision concerning the dilemma that has weighed heavily on my mind since being accepted into Sheridan’s animation program:

“I want a job as a storyboard artist. Should I pursue a degree in animation at Sheridan College or stay in Los Angeles and build a storyboard portfolio?”

I asked everyone and their dog for their opinion regarding my situation. Ultimately, everybody gave me the same response:

“It’s your decision”—(*the theme of my life for the past two months)

Reflecting on that phrase launched me on a journey to Los Angeles in search for the answer. I presented the question to Tron, a DreamWorks storyboard artist. Tron reviewed my drawing portfolio and told me, “You have potential. You have a strong foundational understanding of drawing. Now you need to put in the hours. It takes 10, 000 hours to master a craft. You do not need to go to Sheridan as a full time student; however, you should continue taking classes.” Tron recommended taking individual classes at the Concept Design Academy where you can learn from working artists and network with others.

So here's what I have decided to do—I will live in LA and do three things: (1) writes script for short films and board them, (2) take classes to improve my draftsmanship, and (3) network with artists.

If all goes according to plan, I'll get hired by an animation studio in the next three months. If things don’t that way, I'll work at Starbucks, but don’t plan on that! Farewell Sheridan and hello LA!

Here's what my life looks like from here on out.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Three more monochromatic, acrylic paintings for Landscaping class. The photo editing is what's putting all that crazy color in there. I kind of like it. I am a big fan of using saturation to create the sense of glowing light. Now I just need to learn patience and do some more serious drawing as opposed to just making pointless brush strokes.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

I'm not too excited about how this painting turned out. The whole point of the achromatic exercise is to focus on achieving correct values. I'm a lazy painter. The ground should have different values distinguishing the darker grass from the lighter path. Also the pattern of light trickling through the trees is hardly convincing. Must try harder!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Two acrylic paintings I did en plein air at Eaton Canyon for my new Landscape class with Leighton Hickmann

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Caricatures of Nice People

 Some people have been really nice to me in LA. As a token of my appreciation they get a caricature by me. I'm working on exaggerating the feature. I gotta to loosen up!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Life Drawings

Since finishing Art Fundamentals at Sheridan College, I've been focusing on working much looser and quicker in order to break away from academic drawings and be more expressive.