Monday, November 19, 2012

54: Painting in the Field

This post is dedicated to the first person to pull my head away from characters and force me to look around; my high school art teacher Debra Payne.  :]

I was very excited to return to Landscape Painting with instructor Neil Riley.  It already feels as though I've improved a lot since my last attempt at this class. I don't think painting will ever be my main mode of expression, but this course has certainly taught me to love it all the same.  Here's what I've produced since the beginning of the semester in roughly chronological order:

Underneath the Broad Street Bridge, about 2.5 hrs
O lord.  This bridge scene was the first time I had touched oils in probably a year.  

Studio interior, about 4hrs
Basement of my apartment complex, about 1.5 hrs
 These two interiors were meant to explore our perception of what a landscape is.  In the first one I definitely got carried away and ended up far from the point of the assignment, but I'm happy with how my focus on light temperature came out.  The second feels a little more landscape-y, but could be miles better.
Whetstone Park. About 2.5 hours
The streambed painting above is, I think, where I finally started to GET it.  Mr. Riley, challenged me to use only one or two brush strokes each time I put paint to board, and this exercise was definitely for the best.

Amanda, Katie, what are you doing, get out of here
Autumnal Highbanks Metro Park, 3hrs
Autumnal Highbanks Metro Park,  3 hrs
HIPSTER PAINTING at Highbanks Metro Park, about 2 hrs
You may be able to tell that Highbanks Metro Park was my favorite location.  After spending a couple years simply trying to replicate exactly what I see, I’m finally learning to instead exaggerate and amplify what my mind finds interesting about a landscape.  Through doing so, you end up with a piece that looks more real and tactile to the senses, more like what you remember seeing.  It’s very personal, and very rewarding.

Schiller monument at Schiller Park in German Village, about 1.5 hrs
The statue above is my most recent painting, but also one of the sloppier ones due to how cold it's getting hereabouts.   The projects we're currently working on in-class are studio based projects with loads of layouts, compositions and the like- they'll get their own post in a month or so.  

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

53: Character Design Shenanigans

Oop, yet another month-long lapse between posts.  I suppose life has simply been keeping me busy, what with senior year going on, show preparation, and (just last weekend) Illuxcon!  It was an incredibly rejuvenating experience and I can't wait to put my nose to the grindstone.  Here's some of the backlog from my character design class while I scramble to catch this place up a bit:

We began by simply drawing a personal character of ours so the instructor could gauge where we were, skill-wise.  I chose my gargoyle critter, Grin, and immediately felt rather boring.  The second project helped alleviate those feelings very effectively and made me realize how little attention I've been paying to silhouettes in general.

My first foray into human character design for the class- Claudius and Gertrude of Hamlet.

Above are some guerrilla life drawings from my sketchbook.  The gist was that we were supposed to draw the essence of a person; glance at 'em for a moment and configure a character.  Fun x 1000

Hand practice- I should do this more often.

'Jem' character redesign
What's this doing here?!  We were assigned to redesign a 'craptactular' design and I chose Jem of 80's cartoon fame.  Since Hasbro is fond of its reboots, I decided to put a Lauren Faust/G4 My Little Pony spin on Jem and came up with this.  Since finishing, my instructor has drawn over and improved many aspects of the design (most obviously her linebacker shoulders), and I'll be sure to keep his pointers in mind next time I go for this sort of thing.

Mockbee Satyr Expressions
And lastly, an expression sheet for a faun lady character I've been toying with.   Overall I'm having mixed reactions toward my work and motivation in this class; it's fun as hell, but it's also proving once again that group collaboration isn't my forte.  BUT, onwards and upwards, much to learn, etc.