Archive for August, 2008

Nameless Running Animals

August 23, 2008

My approach to painting is very similar to my approach to running, I just go out there and keep at it. Sometimes I will run five miles and not get anywhere. Sometimes I feel very fast.
Painting is very similar, I can paint for months and have dud after dud, or have something beautiful just out of reach, where if I only could paint a little faster or a little longer I might have caught it.
With this painting I feel like I am gaining on something. I feel like I am getting somewhere. This painting is the running equivalent of passing the slower members of a high school cross country team.

This painting feels like a step in the right direction, and I have high hopes for the next one.

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No Rabbits, Only Robots and Refrigerators.

August 21, 2008

While the last wash of my latest watercolor is drying, I would like to share with you Robot and Refrigerator.  This is a little project I am messing around with using Blender and Photoshop.  Often when I am working on a comic book, or narrative project, I often think; if I could draw better this story would be better.  Or if I could write better this drawing would be more interesting.  With drawing sort of taken out of the picture I am curious to see what I am able to do.
I don’t want anyone to think I am giving up watercolor or the yeti parental situation.

The Bottom of the Sea

August 14, 2008

Here is the fifth installment of the Yeti saga.  I think it is going well, slow but well.

Today I would like to write a little about inspiration.

According to the fossil record, horses once had hands.  Unfortunately the dinosaur book that I have checked out from the library does not have a good illustration, or at least a satisfying illustration.  From time to time, I find myself wishing I had a solid, historically accurate, illustration of a horse with hands.  I also feel that if I could draw better, perhaps I could create this illustration.

Yesterday I checked out Animal anatomy for artists : the elements of form by Eliot Goldfinger.  Looking at the bone and muscle structure of horses has intensified my interest of seeing a picture of a horse with hands, but at the same time has made me realize that it probably would not look as impressive as I hoped it might.

This new knowledge has created an interesting contradictory feeling within me.  I think this feeling is inspiration.

Science (Transparent) Fiction

August 2, 2008

Still moving with transparency.  And kind of groaning over the last blog entry.  My story should have spoken more about the close ties between the faded and the transparent, and less on the watcher.  I should have personified memory or something.

I am happy with this new painting, although one of my close friends said, “what is that? a milk jug rocketing into space?”  This comment has lost some of its sting now that I have written it down, but needless to say this is not a picture of a space bound milk container.

One thing that is kind of new to these paintings is the shadows on the rhododendron.  I think that was a good feature, especially when it is found next to the flat color of the rhododendron through the milk container.