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"The level of achievement that we have at anything is a reflection of how well we were able to focus on it."
-Steve Vai

Monday, August 22, 2016

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Saturday, March 7, 2015

Virtual Plein Air with DIS Plein Air Club

I have had so much fun the past two weekends with the In - Studio 'Virtual Plein Air' outings.
First, the idea of plein air painting,  while simultaneously wearing slippers and sipping coffee, just thrills me.
Mororboat importantly,  I am able to paint from the comfort of my studio, while simultaneously sharing the conversation, feedback, and camaraderie with my fellow artists.
I find we talk more 'while painting - in the virtual outings. I'm sure it's because when we are out in the field, we are usually close enough to shout, but not to hold an extended conversation.
I have been working traditionally,  while some of the participants are working digitally.
Here are some samples from the first two outings.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Wisdom and advice from Moebius

Wow.  I love this quote from Moebius:
"The compositions in our stories should be studied because a page or a painting or a panel is a face that looks at the reader and speaks to him."

Here is the full artcle:

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Generating new ideas

I watched a great video by Scott Robertson - for the second time.

In this video, he discusses the differences between sketching and illustrating. The main difference is that in illustration, you are focused on creating a nice looking piece; whereas when sketching, you're looking to get the idea down.  You may flesh it out a bit - and you always want to do the beat drawing possible, but if you're too focused on creating a pretty drawing, the idea tends to suffer. The two thought processes are completely different.

I realized that in order to do the final work that I desire, I need to generate better ideas. To stay focused in the idea thinking mode, I need to use the, appropriate tools- ones that allow me to work quickly, get the idea down. Tools that allow for delicate rendering tend to sidetrack the sketch.

So I picked up the pen again, and got to work.  And I kept working until the page was full. And when that was full, I went to a new page.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Watts Atelier_Head Phase I_Skull, 3/4 view

Once again, I'm having fun drawing Skulley II.
This assignment is fun, the 3/4 view is a more relaxed view to draw.

Off to a decent start, while Skulley II looks on...
He seems fairly happy...

I started by blocking in big shapes, then working my way smaller and smaller.
Then I bounced back and forth between details and large, general shapes.

Laying in major shapes, and beginning to map shadow shapes.
Then, as I mapped out the shadow shapes, I laid in light areas of tone to separate light from shadow.
In the end, I laid in many areas of different value, still being careful to avoid getting overly caught up in rendering.

Mapping shadows and edges, filling in some tone.

 To finish off, I went back and revisited the linework with 2B and 4B, and strengthed the major overlapping lines.
At the very end I also knocked a couple dark areas back a bit - they were a touch too strong.

Almost there...
 I'm fairly pleased with this exercise, and I know I will come back to it again - and again!
The final study. Skull, 3/4 View,Wolff's Carbon pencil 2B/4B on newsprint.

Pigment Pandas at the Devil's Backbone... Plein Air fun...

Yesterday's trip with DIS Plein Air Club - affectionately calling ourselves Pigment Pandas - took us to Devil's Backbone (west of Loveland.) It was well worth the trip... even though, with my late start, I easily spent twice as much time driving as painting. Still, in the course of an hour or two, I was able to get a quick study, and take some photos.
And what a cool place! You can see from the pictures, it is simply breathtaking.  
Can you see it? Can you spot the human skull?

On the way up, I saw a rock formation that - to me - looked like a profile of a human skull. I'm glad I took a couple photos, because on the way back, the light had changed, and it sure didn't look like that any more. LOL
NOW can you see it?

The Keyhole, where we were situated, is a very scenic spot,
very popular for photographs.
My main focus, given the limited time, was to work quickly, and not waste time on extraneous details.
I picked the view that had the highest initial 'Woo' factor (when you look at something and go: "Woo!") and got down to it.
I picked my view....

...and got to painting!
Clay paints while the rest of us keep a lookout
for Rohirim and Imperial Walkers...

And here's the final study.
Devil's Backbone Gouache, 9x12"
There was lots of great scenery, very other-worldly... yes, almost Tolkien-esque...
On the way back, Preston hears Warg Riders approaching...
Hm... looks like a good spot to build a hobbit-hole...
View along the ridge... and this is just one section...
Alpaca sighting near the trailhead....

The area is very scenic. I definitely want to return to this area for more drawing, painting, and photos. Plus, it's just a cool area to be. :)