Saturday, October 26, 2013
I really had fun working on these last few aircraft/spaceships. The white one on a blue ocean background I posted earlier this month, and this one got enough views on CGHUB to make it to the front page! I suppose its an element of luck, a striking thumbnail, sharing on facebook (thank you to all who clicked on those links). It doesn't really mean anything other than I had always wanted to see one of my images up there and had no idea what kind of interest it takes to make it. I believe its something like getting over 100 views a day and a certain percentage of likes or faves? My best guess. Anyways, on to the next image! :)
I have been sketching away when I can, and just haven't taken the time to scan them and upload so here are some watercolors and sketches from the last month.
Safeway in Burlingame end of Sept. I think this one I learned what happens when you use too many layers of paint and try to control it too much, it gets a bit muddy and, well, ugly. still was fun to have enough time to try and accurately convey the lighting and surroundings.
On the left is a quick sketch out the window of the renovated Burlingame Avenue with new lamps, trees and a wider sidewalk with a sort of smooth cobblestone. On the right, I met my buddy Abiraj, who was a Stryker driver and Infantryman on our deployment to Iraq. We ate a place in Dublin called Country Waffles at way too early in the morning. Dublin kind of reminds me of Radiator Springs at that hour with the sun rising up and the full moon still out.
Found myself in the city by the Bay yesterday and spent about 1 hour knocking out 4 sketches. The one on the right is the Embarcadero Ferry Building which I used actual watercolor paints. The rest are sort of super saturated because I did them while standing using only watercolor pencils and mostly primary colors at that.
St. Helena the day after Masha and I celebrated our 5th anniversary together. Time has flown! Grandpa and Nanna watched our little one so we could stroll through St. Helena and I sketched a bit while Masha looked through the stores.
The Sherman - Used to be a restaurant and bar, now it sits floating in its moorings surrounded by fisherman, runners and the occasional painter I suppose. Coyote point in the distant rear of the image.
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Had fun with some other wonderful artists in Burlingame on the 29th of Sept. It was a one day plein-air painting event that only required work be done in Burlingame city limits during the hours of 9am and 3pm. Some members of the local art, government, and historical society were on hand and the event was judged by Paul Kratter, a very talented oil painter.
I ended up painting the Il fornio for those high contrast awnings and the direct lighting.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
After stepping into the freelance life, I have neglected to find a local figure drawing workshop. I took a drive down to the Palo Alto Art Center which is a terrific resource and was full of dedicated artists. I can see some deterioration in my powers of observation and was a bit slow to get up to speed. As you may notice, I went with a computer and Photoshop down there so I could experiment with color in a familiar tool set and try to get some decent results. Must go more often!