Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Next, I took reference, using a two model, a lighting studio, and proper equipment (it was my first time using the studio and equipment - it was great!). Using my photos, I made the drawing, which I then copied to a small size and worked on this value study - a mix of pencil and photoshop.
I hope to have the color comp underway - maybe finished?! - this weekend. And I'll shoot reference for another piece on Tuesday.
Only a few more weeks until these are all wrapped up - yikes! Wish me luck, pleeeaaasse!
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Here's my thumbnail.
And here's a study for the face I've been working on tonight. In the unfinished one, I used my own face as a model because the reference I had of the other model didn't have the right expression. However, working for the reference of her and the reference of my expression, I was able to blend the two and finish the study with the intended model.
Now, I'll do the final drawing, so I can scan it and start the color study by Tuesday. Then, I'll shoot reference for Delilah on Wednesday and begin that sketch right away.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Unfortunately, some other projects need to come before the next stage of this piece. But I'm finally on my way to the final!
So, here is the color study! I worked at 6.5"x9.25" The final, which I'll begin today, will be 11"x17"
Let me know what you think and wish me luck!
Monday, October 18, 2010
This weekend I was reading my friend's copy of James Gurney's Imaginative Realism. I was feeling lost with this piece, but it set me back on track - thanks again, Mr. Gurney! If you don't read it already, check out his blog. It's a wealth of information and inspiration!
Here is some of my process for Esther.
This first one is my original thumbnail. I sketched a few others for her, but I went with my first. It's important to me to show both her uncertain gaze ahead at the king as she approaches, what may well be her death, and her hands, clenched in determination.
I soon realized, that to match the format I want (a two-page book spread), my image would need to change. After I shot reference, with a model I clothed and lighted, and after creating the interior of the palace, I created this drawing. However, I bit off more than I could chew at this point in the process. I was making this 11"x17" sketch my value study; it was taking me too long and getting me off track. It was good, however, for planning out the format. At this point, I also realized the image needs another figure - a soldier standing guard at the entrance to the throne room. I added him in the next image. (Also, everything is outlined here so I could re-trace)
This is the official value study. It's about half the size and I was able to get a handle on the values in less than half the time I spent not completing my first try. The guard is suggested at the bottom.
Now, I'm on to finalize the guard and then I will move on to my color study. The final will be watercolor and pencil, 11x17.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Corel Painter X
To be honest, I've never been crazy about digital work or the idea of creating my own. But after working on this piece and seeing what digital painting as a medium can bring to a piece, I have a new appreciation for it. There's so much that can be done digitally that can't be brought as gracefully to a traditional painting. For instance, multiple paper and canvas textures, charcoal texture over oil paint texture over watercolor; there's a whole world of mixed media that can be created and emulated in digital painting.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Corel Painter 10, 9x12
Friday, September 17, 2010
A lot happened over the summer. An internship, a new job, a new apartment, a new internship, a new school year! It's senior year, so I'll be working on my thesis. I'm so pumped for this year. It was an internet-connection-less summer; so to make up for it, here is an excess of work!
Stuck in the Suburbs, 9"x12", Watercolor and Digital
Chocolate Desert (one-day-painting), 5"x7", Oil on primed board
Orange (one-day-painting), 5"x7", Oil on primed board
Olive oil, 8.5"x11", Digital
Bust of Homer, 18"x24", white and black charcoal on toned paper
Self Portrait with Key, 18"x24", colored pencil on toned paper
Monday, May 3, 2010
Frequently, through out my life, my Nonno has sat down next to me, or stopped me at a party, or leaned across a bustling dinner table and whispered my name, “Aymily...” and told me this story.
“Aymily, whin I wassa seesa years ole’d, eet wahs my bert-day. In Sicilia, we ware, so poor. I wassa sahd bee-cowsa we hahdda no mahnee. No mahnee.... Ahnd so, I wassa cry-eeng eh cry-eeng eh cry-eeng eh. Ahnd my zia say to my moe-ter, “Fry Nino ahn egg.” So, my moe-tera, Grazie Dio!, she fry-eh mee an egg fer my a bert-day. Ay-mily, I wassa sooo hah-py , soo hah-py. Grazie, Dio! We ware so poor. I-ah ree-maim-bair. I wassa so hah-py. I wassa seesa years ole’d.”
I hear this story more and more the older I get. And lately, the tears start to well in his eyes sooner and sooner. And even though, I can recited it now by heart, I’m glad to hear it every time. It reminds me of where I’ve come from and how happiness can be as simple as a fried egg.