Although my weekend (and uh, Monday..) trip was full of adventure and fun, I'm glad to be posting again. This is an oil painting I've been working on for awhile. It's not an original, rather, my art teacher is having me study and paint a copy to learn from another painter. As unwillingly as I undertook this subject, I must say that I've learned a great deal from it. grumble. Art teachers, they know what they're doing!
Whenever I read a truly brilliant book or movie, full of intriguing developed characters, and a plot worth chewing on, I can't help but let the essence of the story leak out into my art.
The Hunger Games is one such story.
Right now I'm on page 133, and ripping myself from it's pages was difficult. I was panicked about
making something for my art blog on time and worth showing. I also wanted to express everything I've read up to this point. There are numerous tension brimming, emotionally charged scenes to pick from, but I couldn't decided. Everything felt to contrived when put to paper. My pen was fighting my head, and my head only wanted to start reading again. Frustrating!
Well, eventually I did gain control again. So, I drew Katniss (the protagonist) with her hair in braids done by her mother. I wanted to show her complicated mind in the braids. She desires above all else to provide and protect her delicate and younger sister from the harsh society they live in. She also must fight for her life, in the cruel and heartless Hunger Games. She is strong and intelligent. This makes her beautiful.
Sculpting with the heart of a Kindergardener, I squishe the pulpy white gloop betwen my fingers, smiling all the while. Tummy side up, the dragon's goofy grin encourages it's own sticky creation. White paste is in my hair, under my nails, the flowery smell fills my room. Won't my mum be so proud?
Today I paper mached half of the funny beast. Next I'll tackle the other half, then the little chubby arms and lastly the Mudkip-like antennas. I figured I'd be able to finish pasting "Toothless" in a day, but not so. Ah well, I enjoy this step anyways!
Wrapping my Dragons form in paper mache brought on this drawing. An illustration, showing his glee at being clothed finally in sticky paper. Gone is the inner structure of rib cages and wings, so pokey and ungraceful and soon, a sleek wingged beast will replace the now goopy mess.
Dallas Texas is experiencing a torrential downpour,
in all it's cold and dreariness. But in the face of the oncoming flood, I grabbed a cup of coffee, and got to work. Cardboard, a free and plentiful material, along with a glue gun, water, newspaper and flower is all it takes! Of course, the many hours of labor and used tea packets are another thing.
Tomorrow I'll cover the skeleton with paper mache!
My first attempt at tiny portraiture, and I feel pretty good about it! Tomorrow I'll add more layers and refine the lines. This tiny canvas can fit in the palm of your hand, and they're ideal for practicing new things! No pressure, at $1.50 per canvas!I highly suggest that anyone reading this who's interested in art to buy some! You can find them at any craft store now!
Unfinished projects, that's my greatest enemy as an artist.
Right now I'm working on three separate paintings, all different, and all obviously unfinished. Along with them, I am also building a Dragon sculpture using cardboard and paper mache. Today, I plugged my glue gun in, and settled down to make visible progress on it. I'm nearly finished layering on depth for the wings, after which I'll start the chubby little arms. All dragons should be cute in my opinion. No nasty fire breathers here!
Close-up on a wing. Layering cardboard adds substantial depth.
I use seemingly random scraps of cardboard for sculpting
The dragon continues to take form.
For anyone just joining me in this project, here is some concept art of the finished dragon.
My favorite is the smallest bunny. Sometimes a quick doodle is all it takes to relax my mind. Simple curving lines, a sweet face, though odd looking, this is a family of rabbits. All are welcome, the more unusual the better.
With every light brushing of paint, another layer of depth is added. Enriching the whales hide with age spots, dark shadows and light curves has been so much fun. Painting is like sculpting in 2D. The appearance of something is merely a trick of the brush, by using texture and perspective. On days when the painting develops smoothly, without effort I like to think of myself akin to a magician pulling a rabbit from a hat. Tah-Dah!
All of this has been done in oil paint, on a pen drawing of mine.
Floating around the sea on a giant whale, that's the life for, uh, a fictional character.
This is my latest art-for-print-for-sale project. The little town, the triangle-whale-paint it's all so sweet.. and no, that's NOT a swastika.. it'll be edited out later. Stupid Nazis, now all windmill shaped designs give off the wrong vibe. Anyways, after I've finished penning this, I'll add color with paint. Once I'm satisfied I'll make prints of this for sale. Making art for prints again feels so good!
For the past 2 months I've been reading an incredible biography about Woody Allen. It's full of interviews, personal accounts, and details about his work process. As an artist I'm always looking for somebody with a stellar work ethic, and with Woody being Writer, Directer and (most of the time) and actor in his movies, I think he makes the cut. Sure, his personal life is well.. sketchy, but I'm interested in the creative side. Which is why I'm stoked, because tonight I'll be watching Annie Hall for the first time! So in honour of that bespeckled hopeless dude, I drew a portrait of him.
Not my best work, but I think I get an A for effort.