Did a little drawing down at the Urban Outfitters/Anthropologie Campus in the Philly Navy Yard, and out at Terrain at Styer's. One of these days I'm going to spend a day down at the Navy Yard drawing. It's pretty incredible - the boats, the ferry terminals, the docks - I dig it. I did the aircraft carrier first, and then pre-prepped the gouache on the drive out to Terrain.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Here's a little gouache in class demo I didn't get to finish in class - I'm still trying to figure out how to a finish in an hour. I'm just going to walk through the process a bit.
Here's the finished piece.
Hour 1: Working thin, and not using the full opacity of the gouache, I'm laying some basic warms and cools, focusing a bit more in the cools in the shadows. Im basically laying on some color and then subtracting out to maintain a little bit of a value structure. In all of these color in the face, I have a little bit of a pale coppery blue-green (besides the hair). I want that to be a unifying theme color.
Hour 3: Ok - so I like the warm, but now its too warm - so I bring back my tealy base color: a little darker, in the sky, and bit cooler on the ground. In the sky, I'm painting thick on top, going lighter on the bottom toward the horizon, so I can have a little dusky feel. I subtract out some secondary highlights in the hair, and add some darks in the hair. This is why I love gouache - you can still make some big changes, and blend.
Thursday, October 18, 2012
8" x 10", pencil and gouache
on watercolor paper
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
I love Misaki Kawai. I remember when I first saw her work 8 years ago, and had my favorite type of reaction which somewhere between "What the hell?" and "This is genius!" - but I knew I liked it, and I still do. It's one of my favorite people to show students to tell them that as long as their being earnest and applying themselves fully, the work will be great. Kawai bends or discards nearly every academic rule, and yet, it works. Picasso said "It took me four years to paint like Raphael, and a lifetime to paint like a child." Misaki's ahead of the curve.
|I even love her drawing of sweatshirt sizing.|
Friday, October 12, 2012
Wes Cox: "That's why the Space Program must go on." Whenever someone would do something innovative or crazy, or innovatively stupid, or ask questions to which there were no answers - why are girls like that? would you die if you jumped off this? etc . . . The answer was a statement - "Well, that's why the space program must go on." It was a statement of faith that if we put some smart guys working on it, we could solve anything. We put a this man on the moon, didn't we?
It's great that we're pursuing unmanned missions to Mars - I mean check out Mars! But the manned program - even considering the danger and the disasters that happened with the shuttle missions - is a worthwhile endeavor. People willing to take the risk. Neil Armstrong was. At some point, we're going to need someone on Mars, and the cost - compared to military budgets, social security - are tiny and the gained knowledge would do what the Apollo missions did - drive the economy for fifty years! I'd pay a .5% "space" sales tax. I'd donate to NASA directly if it was a little easier (to do so now seems very complicated - but I think you can send them a check?). Astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson has been making an impassioned plea and I agree with him whole heartedly, and I think we need to stop thinking of space as something frivolous. Have smart people figure out incredibly tough problems - and the innovation will flow like Tang!
Saturday, October 6, 2012
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Here's a little sketchbook project I've been fooling around with for the last few weeks. I feel like I've been a bit lost - pursuing things more technically than artistically . . . ? Anyway, I thought I'd try to mess around with something a little abstract. So - I love aquariums. And that love has led to the death of many fish. But I thought it was an interesting problem - an ever changing rectangle of shapes. So here's the beginning of a little side projects. I present to you - AQUARIUMS!!