Sunday, January 21, 2007


I've liked surrealism for longer than I've "formally liked art", and it is a style that has probably played a major part in getting to me where I am currently as an artist. (whether that's good or not is up for debate)

Anyhow, It was kind of a big deal for me to do my first piece of surrealism. It may bring to mind a particular painting by Rene Magritte, but I swear I came up with the idea before seeing that piece. I feel like my lack of skill with the medium had some slight negative effect on the outcome, but I put a lot of time into it and I'm pretty satisfied with it.

16 x 20"
Acrylic on Canvas


Sunday, January 14, 2007

Townscape Painting

Here's my latest painting done for my Illustration I class. The notable points are the limited colors, only orange, black, and white, and the use of the Golden Ratio.

16" x 20"
acrylic on canvas

Here's a detail of the cathedral half way through.


Tuesday, January 09, 2007

More Black and White Illustrations

Here's the next two that I said I would do.


Thursday, January 04, 2007

Illustration I (Week 1)

I started my 3 week mini-mester course, Illustration I, this week. So far it's not too bad. I was a little because I saw the class was scheduled from 10-4, and 6 hours in class sounded like a little hard to handle. As it turns out I only need to be there from 10-12:30 so it's actually shorter than most other studio courses. Though, I end up needing a few hours after each class just to finish up the work for each day.

These are what I've done so far :

A cross-hatch drawing of Clarence Long, the original Marlboro Man. It was my first time I've really done a full drawing in this style, so I don't think it turned out great, but the method doesn't really interest me much to begin with so I don't care.

And second, a black and white side-lit portrait of William Macy, you may have seen him in Fargo or a dozen other movies. This one went much faster than the cross-hatching, but I still think it's a somewhat lame project because Adobe Illustrator can do this very same thing in about 10 seconds. I don't see what the benefit of doing it by hand is. (This is one of the reasons I'm focusing on digital Illustration.)

Anyhow, I have to do one more in each of these styles by the end of the weekend, so expect to see more like these soon.