Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Watercolour & Calligraphy Ink

Today I was working on another watercolour painting. I created a sketch of this character earlier this week and I really wanted to paint her. I debated whether or not to do a calligraphy ink outline, but I wanted to try it, so I went for it anyway.

I also wanted to mention that 90% of the painting was done using a 2" hake brush. I wanted to practice with this brush more.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Watercolour Practice

On the last day of school I purchased a Winsor & Newton watercolour sketchbook because I felt it would be more convenient/cheaper than individual papers. Yesterday I began using it and I love it so much!

Lately I have been inspired by Udon, and I have been a fan of the Darkstalkers character Morrigan for a long time now. I felt it was about time I tried my hand at Morrigan fanart, so I painted her in watercolours yesterday. Today though, I wanted to focus on creating an original character and painting it.

The first painting is of Morrigan (original character © Capcom), and the second is the original character. Too bad watercolours almost always look better in person..

Saturday, April 26, 2008

'08 Gradshow + Personal Work Update

First of all, I went to Toronto yesterday for the 2008 4th year Illustration gradshow. I've had so much inspiration from Elise Trinh and Peter Chan that I just had to attend. They aren't just great artists though, they're really nice people as well. I finally got to talk to Elise, which was really great. Peter seemed busy chatting with others, and then I couldn't manage to find him.

I purchased a copy of the gradbook, as well as the 14-student collaboration comic "Chaos". I also have some postcards that I will stick on the wall.

It was such a great show with a lot of great work. I'm so glad I went.

Now I will show an updated photo of one of the pieces I have been working on.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

More Life Drawings

These are more gestural. During the year I have been pushing myself very hard to learn more about force and torque so that I could draw faster and more accurately. The first two are done in marker and the rest conte.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Personal Work

I thought I would update this with some personal work. During my first year at Sheridan for Illustration, I have discovered a lot of inspiring artists in 3rd and 4th year. It's been a really exciting year for me to experiment with a lot of media and to improve my skills, and I thought it would be really interesting to incorporate a lot of what I found inspiring, into my own personal work. Some of the artists who have inspired me for a couple of these pieces are: Yuta Onoda, Nimit Malavia, and Peter Chan.

These are all work-in progress' at the moment, and the acrylic piece painted on the wooden doll is photographed twice because I wasn't 100% happy with the picture quality of either. I'm really starting to like painting on wood, and purchased some planks recently from Home Depot. Peter Chan recommended I buy the wood there, and it was really cheap. I bought three pieces and plan to work on them this summer. I've been working on some rough sketches for them. I want to finish off these pieces before I begin, however.

I apologize for some poor quality photos. I will have to try and take better quality pictures later.

This piece is inspired by Yuta Onoda and Nimit Malavia's work. It still has quite a ways to go, but I'm excited to start working on it again.

I'm unsure if I'm finished with this piece or not. I was experimenting with media and treating it like the media experimentation life drawing classes I've had, but with my personal work. The painting itself is 24" x 20" and I've used acrylics, gouache, india ink, and gesso so far.

This painting on wood is inspired by Peter Chan's "Red Wolf Hood" painting. I tried to push the intensity of the shadows on the skin. I think I may have went a little bit too intense, but I really like how it's turning out so far. I need to tone down the highlights on the front a bit, I think. The wings wrap around the back of the doll. I will take better quality photos at different angles at a later time.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Recent Life-Drawings

To start my blog off, I thought I'd share some of my recent life "drawings." I was experimenting with many different media for these pieces, such as: ink, conte, gesso, marker, and watercolour.