Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Triptych Sketches

My next painting is going to be a triptych on canvas board. I got the idea as I was driving home from a friend's last night and had to put down some sketches at around 3am. Here's what I have so far. The fish in the sky for the second panel were ideas for my Captain Hal's logo, obviously they won't be in the painting :)

I started working today, hopefully I'll have something I'm happy with in a few weeks.


Monday, November 20, 2006


I recently went on a daytrip with my family to see the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. It was a good time, and educational. The buildings on Ellis Island looked awsome, but we were moving around to much for me to be able to take the time to sketch them. Anyway, I decided to use one of the photos I had take as a background for my next painting. It was taken from the top of the Statye of Liberty's pedestal. We could only get so many tickets to go up there, and Anne, unfortunately, was not one of the few that could go up. But this is basically what I thought would be a cool tourist-y photo.

You can see my references taped to the mirror in the first shot, the pose is from a photo of the two of us on a cruise we took a couple years ago. Though I'm only using that for the layout, I am painting the faces from life, hence the mirror, and I had Anne pose while I worked on hers. Obviously I've again shown some of the progression as I've worked on it. I like seeing it, so I'm going to continue doing it.

I've been working on this on and off for the past week but I really need to get started on my final project so I'm going to put this aside for now, hopefully I'll get back to it and finish it soon.


Thursday, November 16, 2006

Captain Hal's

I designed a new logo for an imaginary seafood restaurant. Captain Hal's. I'm ultimately going to make a menu, and an ad for it as well.

What do you think?

Friday, November 10, 2006

Addiction Problem

It's been too long. I'm sorry. I've been.... distracted. Thanks Lorey for trying to kick me into gear. I'll do my best to keep the posting up.

My most recent painting is my first self portrait with the medium. It was fun and interesting. I'm growing to like painting more and more. I took several pictures throughout the process so you can see how it came along. Maybe nobody else cares, but I always enjoy seeing other artist's work that way. I'm not going to describe each one, just check them out yourself. (Color differences are due to poor lighting, sorry).


On a side note, I just finished reading David Mack's Kabuki Volume 2. It has some great visiuals and recomend checking out his website.)

Peter Paul Rubens - The Straw Hat

Well, It wasn't fun the first time, and it wasn't fun the second time. But at least I think it turned out a little better looking. My adaptation of Ruben's The Straw Hat.

Here's what I did in the first night. I didn't get much detail in the face yet.

And here's how it looked after the next day, pretty much finished.

A week later I painted a black border around it to cover up my guidelines. I need to redo that better I think.

Hopefully I'll be done with the old masters for a while now.