Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Today I am sticking to my plan to switch over my daily sketches to conventional media. I've grown very comfortable using digital painting over the last few years and I have actually forgotten a bit about painting with real paints. So I'm stepping out of my comfort zone and for a while at least I will be posting actual drawings done with pencils or ink and paintings done with paint. One of the first things I notice about the difference between sketching digitally and sketching with conventional drawing materials is that I've sort of gotten rusty calculating the correct values and colors as I mix paint. Both paintings I worked on yesterday (the wild pink bridge) and today (the aboriginal face) have value and chroma problems. As I continue with my daily sketches hopefully those issues will fade away as I get more comfortable with the media.
Monday, Aug29th 2011: This morning I got up early and went out to the Willamette River near OMSI and the Hawthorn Bridge and took about 400 photos between 5:10am and 7:00am. It was fun watching the sun come up but ... the magic golden moment where the sun hits the skyline and illuminates the buildings never happened. It was overcast and cloudy that morning. Oh well... I'll try it another day soon. For my daily sketch I made a rather bizarre little gouache painting with which I tried to recreate that magic moment as I remember seeing it a few times in the past. I think I will be able to paint a much more convincing and realistic painting if I can carefully observe the morning light longer than I have been able to in the past. Just on this morning it wasn't in the cards.
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Friday, August 26, 2011
Today I went back to yesterday's sketch and I tweaked it a bit to make a better likeness. Altogether this sketch took about an hour and its all digital. Sometimes it is easier for me to see what needs to be changed or tweaked in a caricature if I walk away from it for awhile then finish it later.
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
I did a caricature of Gadhafi earlier this year. But just watching the news and seeing what was happening today in Libya inspired this "brain phart". This is all digital - done in less than half an hour using a pc running photoshop and drawn with a wacom bamboo digital tablet.
Monday, August 22, 2011
I spent a few minutes this morning simply tweaking and adjusting a previous sketch to enter into this week's caricaturama showdown 3000 contest on Facebook. This is all digital and it took less than 90 minutes. The previous sketch was done a few days ago so it is not an older sketch revamped but one that I did for this contest.
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Friday, August 19, 2011
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Today I tried a totally different approach to my Jodie Foster caricature. Probably her best known work is that of agent Clarice Starling in the "Silence of the Lambs". I know that a bunch of other artists will be sketching the exact same pose as this, so as a result this will have to be astounding to stand out. It isn't astounding yet, darn it. LOL
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
This week's CS3000 competition on Facebook is to caricature Jodie Foster. I am working on one of her character from Taxi Driver. I'm not happy with this yet. I feel I need to make it more extreme and caricature the face and body even more. So I'm going to quit at this stage for the day and then think about it till I pick it up again tomorrow for tomorrow's sketch of the day. This is all digital - took under 30 minutes.
Monday, August 15, 2011
I sketched this today because I was requested to sketch a picture of Mick Jagger by a woman who is crazy about him and has been my friend for over forty years, Cynthia Milbradt. This is all digital - done on a pc with a wacom bamboo graphics tablet and photoshop cs5. It took about 30 minutes to draw.
Sunday, August 14, 2011
I didn't like the directions that my first two versions of Sam were going so today I tried yet another treatment of the actor's caricature. I need to push myself to take the exaggerations further. This was digital and it took about an hour to do.
Friday, August 12, 2011
Early this evening, we had a spontaneous cocktail party in one of my neighbors' backyards. I drank a bit too much and got a bit drunk. When I got home, I remembered I hadn't done my daily sketch yet. So I sketched a dear friend and neighbor who passed away several years ago. He was always at these crazy little neighborhood gatherings. I miss him, especially when the weather is nice and we have more of these sorts of parties. This is digital. It took about 30 minutes and it was done on a PC.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
I'm still struggling to find a good treatment idea for this week's CS3000 contest entry. Last week, about 20 people used the same pose and costume that I chose and I think my work got lost in the forest. So far, nobody has tried a caricature of the character Sam plays in the Tudors: Cardinal Wolsey. I may run with this idea if anything better doesn't pop up.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
A few days ago I went to see the last of the Harry Potter movies. (Deathly Hallows part 2) It was great. I guess it was on my mind this morning when I decided to make a quick sketch of Voldemort for my daily sketch. This took about 20 minutes and was done on a PC with a small wacom tablet and photoshop.
Monday, August 8, 2011
This is another disturbing example of a sketch that I started out thinking I would really exagerate extremely and I ended up doing something close to a straight portrait. For caricaturing, I really need to make several sketches before I start on a main effort. The mental process that caricaturing requires doesn't come naturally to me and I need to push myself more.
Sunday, August 7, 2011
Today I finished my Russell Crowe caricature that I did for the CS3000 group on Facebook. It took me four days at a half hour a day for a total of 2 hours. The movie below is a compilation of four half hour segments speeded up into a speed painting or time lapsed video.
Saturday, August 6, 2011
I'm still putting 30 minutes a day on my Russel Crowe caricature. Today I tightened up details in the face. Tomorrow I'll work mostly on the clothing and then hopefully finish this piece. It is for a weekly caricature contest on Facebook at CS3000 group. This is all digital and it has taken me 90 minutes so far to get this far.
Originally I had just intended this to be a quick half hour sketch, but I got carried away and forgot the clock. Yesterday I had been viewing many different Rembrandt paintings, examining his brush strokes. I simply got pumped up. It is so exiting to see the work of a really good painter close up! It makes me want to paint. This is digital. I think it took a bit over 2 hours. I wasn't checking the clock. All I know is that it went over an hour and crashed my video capture software so I don't have a video of this being sketched unfortunately.
The lower diagram is to illustrate that Rembrandt composed both his self portraits in very dynamic angles compared to my boring copy. He tilted the heads and it makes them both much more interesting to look at. A small lesson from the master. :-)