Monday, December 12, 2011

Scratchin' the surface.


My graphite teacher, Brian Call, would frequently be at fear and aw about my scratchy style. He strongly encourages me to peruse impressionism.

These are a Birthday gift for a friend.

(Yes, I know that's a Mandelorian helmet.)

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Mufasa's Ghost


Sometimes I have periods where I cannot make a single decent, darn, thing. It's an unpleasant feeling of unfulfillment, and drags me down to the point where I even begin to doubt my ability. (True, I'm not the cat's meow with art...) When worst comes to worst, I just pray to God that I can make something that can take my breath away. This paint is one of those master pieces. Mufasa's Ghost is far from perfect, but the colors and mood of it touches me profoundly.
13.5"x10.5" Canvas stretched on frame. Paint mixed with Golden glass beads.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Thanksgiving


Due to being the sole conductor of this year's Thanksgiving feast at my household. I'll be having no updates this week. Here's an MS Paint turkey to warm your spirits.
Even if you don't celebrate Thanksgiving where you live, it is nice to once in a while to ponder on your blessings. I'm thankful for having patient, and understanding parents in my life.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Lighthouse

14"x11" Inspired by both an photo that I've taken before, and a couple of other pictures (one of my art professors always say when using photos from online, never use less than three images [keeps the trail cold]). My dad was particularly impressed by this etching, and advised me to continue practicing with this medium. It's certainly something to think about...

Sunday, November 6, 2011

A journy of ten-thousand miles starts with one-hundred views.

So this week my artist blog has reached 100 views. 40 of those views are probably mine. And another 40 of those views are probably my mom's (Hi, ma!). So for the rest of you pass-byers, thank you for stopping by here. Here's to 10,000 hits!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Toy Dog


A fun, two hour, study of a small Working dog.

Monday, October 10, 2011

At the Zoo...


I apologize, my two readers, for not uploading many pictures. I've been lazy busy with a couple of big projects. Here's another picture, though more recent, I've done. This was a final from a previous drawing class. Everyone had to draw two animals, with a heavy emphasis of texture and values. I got a big break with this picture, because I found a divine little device in the art building -a projector. Using projectors for 2D art isn't new, in fact the practice has been around for several hundred years. Famed illioustrater, Greg Manchess, said that projectors can be one of the best tools for learning shapes and poportions. When I crammed myself into that small, dark, horridly smelling room, and turned on the projector, I felt humbled to be in the same practice with the other lazy great masters.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Riverside

Surprise, I actually can use oil paint. I just don't paint in oil often because the turpentine smell drives me insane (just ask my mom). Inspired by a camping trip I took one fall day. It was for an auction, so I chose neutral/warm colors that most people will find appealing.
11"x18" on framed canvas.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The Two Dancers (wow, I abused the white paint)

This was a final for one of my painting classes... a few years ago. It was an interesting process as to how this 'magnum opus' came about. The teacher I had at the time, Mario Moreno, always had a theme for us, his students, to work from when composing our paintings. For the final's theme each of us had to pick an instrumental song, and making a representational painting of that composition.
For the next three weeks, all of us listened to our songs, over, and over, and over, and over... Some of the other student's swore that this assignment killed their love of their song of choice. I won't forget one of the old dogs borrowed his granddaughter's CD player, and without shame wore that pink and purple electric device.
At one point I found myself stumped with something. That male figure was so darn hard to figure out! I couldn't get anything right. So, biting my tongue, I hired a male model. First time I ever hired a live model to help me with my painting, and the first time I had a guy shirtless in my bedroom (don't freak out, ma!). He was promptly paid in In 'n Out food.
By and by, the song that I used was Philip Glass' and Ravi Shankar's haunting song, Offering. The whole album, Passages, is certainly a excellent source of inspiration to the muse.
But even to this day, I still have to skip Offering.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

The long track to Destany (Incomplete)


The protagonist, though battle-weary, moves through the dead terrain to his MacGuffin. This painting suffers from a lack of a photographic reference for a couple of things (no, I"m not going to say where). I'm hoping that sometime, maybe this fall, I could get this puppy finished.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Gunmen in Jungle


Wayne Thiebaud says from time to time that would deliberately 'steal' from other artists. Who did I steal this from? Well... I'm not the type who kisses and tells ;)

Monday, September 12, 2011

Tri Painting


11"x13" on mix media. Purple, orange, and green (or in any order you want it), painted on textured surface for a fun, yet comprehendable, interest. Would make a nice wall decoration in a warm room.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

The REAL story of Eiffel's Tower



Alexandre Eiffel: Mah confidontz, I haz created ze icon of gay Parie fer dez World'z Fairr!


Everyone else: Bravo! Bravo Eiffel! It iz magnificont, but izn't it ah wee'z bit... droopy?
Alexandre Eiffel: Droopy? Zis iz de directionz you told moi to do. Gay and free moving like we (oi...? lol) French are!
Everyone else: True, buuuuut we don't wantz an embarizment like Crystal Palace.
Alexandre Eiffel: Very well, but can I getz a raize-
Everyone else: NO!
Alexandre Eiffel: Okey...


Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The Bearded Man (Jesus of Nazareth)



23"x18" on colored charcoal paper. This picture started as a study of hair, nothing more. Then Mom says he looks like Jesus, so he's Jesus.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Tulips



16"x20" on canvas.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Alcatraz Prison


11"x14" on scratch board. It's referenced from a picture I took from Alcatraz prison in San Fransisco.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Red Boar

Riddle me this: have you ever seen a pig hiding in a strawberry bush? No? Then they're pretty
good at hiding then.
10"x14" on canvas board.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

One small step towards a poor fellow's fortune...


...and one large step for beautifying Mankind.