Saturday, November 3, 2012

September and October

Its amazing quite how quickly time slips through your fingers when you are feeling neck deep in projects and the turmoil of your final year of education has begun.

So far this semester I've particularly enjoyed the "Painting for Illustrators" course that has been offered. The more I paint the more I realize that I can paint quickly enough for majors projects to be done in a more traditional media than just purely digital, although that love affair will never end.

This semester appears to be dedicated to my depictions of monsters and deities  I cannot escape their grip for some odd reason. Here is a smattering of what I've been up to:

These two are from my Character Design course, I had to drop it due to an already heavy work load from the 5 other courses I needed to pass, it was fun while it lasted. We had to design a pixel sprite and extrapolate outward into other things.

 These gems come from illustrating a Monster definition of "Krampus", The vignette could be dropped into any old format and the full image could be a full page illustration. This semesters emphasis is on "context".

We even got to do an assignment based around the Hobbit Movie competition. In hindsight there is a lot more I could have done with dear 'ole Smaug, here.

The image on the left was done in conjunction with defining Horror Illustration, while the illustration on the right was done for this months Coast City Comics gallery theme "Eye of the Beholder; A dungeons and Dragons Art Show". It is an illustration of the current character I am playing a campaign through with, she is called Gull, a Tiefling Warlock, pretty enjoyable. 

Currently I am working on my business cards as well, alongside a poster illustration for Stephen King's "The Stand". I enjoyed the use of flat textures and colors in "The Hookman" so I wanted to try again (below).

Halloween came and passed recently, and it was impossible to pass up an opportunity for costumery, here is what I managed to make
Just after completion
Test Drive
All complete!
Its an Oni Costume, hopefully for the future I can add some ears, clawed hands and perhaps more appropriate clothing, I was dressed basically as pirate or gypsy of some sort but with an odd mask.
Too bad its hard to see and breathe in that mask!
Unfortunately I couldn't wear my glasses with it and Halloween was far warmer than I thought it would be,  take off the mask, add a crown of flowers and boom! Instant Gypsy Ghoul or Sugar Skull. The painting you see to my right is a preview of the next update; Paintings etc!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

London Part 3

It appears I never set a publish date for the last part of my vacation update, how silly. So here it is:

My last two days were filled primarily gathering a few suvenieers and trying to keep the imminent and enormous tiredness I was going to be feeling after days of walking and excitement. After having seen so many monuments and pieces of Art and history, it was sad to feel my time wrapping up in Europe, I had felt a great resonance with the area and the fact that so much information was at my fingertips, as opposed to finding it through the web.

My favorite stop was definitely the National Gallery, have I mentioned this? I saw images by John Singer Sargent and Rubens. It was the only gallery I spent nearly the entire day in, the others were about two museums or monuments per day. I was not allowed to take pictures in the gallery, so here are some photos from the web of the art pieces.


They were all lovely... I hope to save up for some artist books of Rubens and Sargent, of course they will not have the same aura as the originals, but hey, 3000 miles from the National Gallery it will due! I also got to see Degas ballerinas and lady in the bathtub. In that room I met a lovely old man named Peter Bell who was recreating Degas Ballerinas with four colours of pencil and gave me some great tips about art and books to check out. He also strongly recommended the Camberwell Master program to attend once I was graduated after I showed him my sketchbook. He also could tell that I think too much when I am drawing, its funny how artists can get to know one another through only their lines or paint application. I also saw Trafalgar square and the Olympics countdown sign, thing..? Got out right in time before the enormous influx of people came to the city for the Olympics, go Team America! :)

After the national gallery I only had a few more stops, and finally got caught in the rain for real in London. I had expected my entire trip to be rainy, but only the last day was dreary and that was in patches. That day I got to see the Tower Bridge up close, as well as the Tower of London, I did not go in due to price and a very long wait, but next time I get to London there will be a visit to the Tower of London and to see a play, as well as more live music, hopefully.

The Tower of London was pretty neat, I have a small thing for castles, and its interesting to think about how this once dominated the London skyline, but today seems so small compared to the Shard building located just across the Thames.

After all of the novels I have read over the years, the idealized London in my mind as opposed to that I experienced was refreshing and wonderful. British art, culture and humour have been a large part of my earlier years than I anticipated, from watching Monty Python and the Holy Grail almost every weekend, to the British Authors who not only taught me how to read, but how to LOVE to read, to its historical importance in the Art world... I feel that as an Artist it is necessary to visit sites like this, almost like and Artists Pilgrimage or mecca (no pun intended mecca/MECA). The stark reality of it all is that up here in Portland, we are segregated from a wealth of knowledge that young artists really need to have around in order to grow, so I feel a trip, my first trip actually, to New York City coming before the year is out.

Thank you for reading my rambles about this adventure!  Hopefully I will remember to save the auto publish date for entries to come.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

London Part 2

This part of my journal starts with Hyde Park, after having gone to the British museum I had walked down Oxford street, a very posh, clothing store laden part of London which completely overwhelmed me with people and colors, but underwhelmed me in the sense of architecture. I did not take pictures of oxford street because I was too busy trying to figure out current fashions and how I will never dress like that mannequin..or that one..or oh god why is she wearing a cotton candy wig and too many ruffles? Once escaping Oxford street I found the Marble arch and Hyde Park, which is quite beautiful with several wonderful rose gardens and walks, and in the middle in the Serpentine, do you recognize those chairs from any paintings? I spent the afternoon there walking, reading, and getting some sun.

Once finished with lallygagging about the park I continued my walking until I stumbled across the Royal Mews and Buckingham Palace itself. The queens gallery had a DaVinci show on, but no photographs were allow, it was phenomenal, if you are in London this summer check that and the Damien Hirst exhibitions out, as well as the Peter Paul Reuben hall at the National gallery, but more on that later.The royal Mews were where the Monarchs Horses, horse grooms, etc where kept alongside of the royal carriage. The Golden carriage weighs something ridiculous like a ton, and the stables were once the finest place for horses, but not suitable to actually live in day in and day out, so the horses actually live else where now.

From Buckingham Palace, for which the pictures are being funky and not uploading, I managed to find myself in Chinatown. Which smelled delicious and was not nearly as crowded as the Chinatown in San Fransisco I visited last year with my sister. It was lovely, and I had to restrain myself from getting more lucky cats and/or dragons.

Over the course of the next couple of days I walked back through china town in a very roundabout route to go see Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and several other embankment gems. I really did the Mega-tourist tour of the city.The London eye was a pretty neat contraption, it hangs out over the river Thames and probably has some amazing views of the city, but for 30 euro and long wait I decided to keep walking to the beautiful, imposing building of Parliament. The spires reminded me of spun sugar, it would have been neat to see the inside of the building.
Not Parliament, but a beautiful building in its own right.

West Minster Abbey did not allow you to take photographs inside, but the out side of it was quite amazing. In case you were wondering, the difference between a Cathedral (like St. Paul's) and an Abbey is the different roles the buildings play in the religious order. A cathedral is usually the larger of the two and houses the eepiscopal throne, where an abbey was once part f a convent or monastery.

The next day I found myself at the Tate Britain, which housed several of John Singer Sergeants paintings, yes I have a favorite painter and yes it is him. I spent a while in its halls thinking about how painting is done, and how wonderful it is, and what not.

 I'm a terrible art student and forgot to record these artists down when I took photographs of their work! One is a Reuben, the white grey one in the guilded frame and the flowers were a dutch still life painter. The following day I found my way to the Natural History museum after getting horrendously turned around in Chealsea, it was the one moment during the entire trip where I rued my decision for refusing public transport, I got lost for about three hours and ended up  in a very fancy part of town. When I got to the museum it was pretty coool, but spoiled by the years I spent in the Boston Museum of science, so the exhibits where to easy to understand and thus pass by. There were a lot of neat exotic stuffed animals and bones though.

Since I had more daylight to kill I went next door from the Natural History Museum to the Victoria and Albert museum, which was filled with enormous Reuben Canvases, plaster casts of hundreds of famous monuments and statues, hundreds of little bronzes casts and all of them were from the Romanesque periods and Gothic, as well as a few ancient high crosses. In other words, something akin to sculptural heaven for me.

This. This is one of Da Vincis Codex's!

Albrecht Durer

And this ends part Two out of hopefully three blog posts. I cannot handle how much art I saw and had to respond to. It was a veritable playground for thought and creativity, and I am starting to feel that all serious art students either need to study near these institutions or make regular pilgrimage to them, these museums were breathe taking.