Tuesday, November 30, 2010


I've been watching a few old Disney movies on repeat for nearly a week now, to brighten my spirits while working. I will be honest, some of them are not as appealing as I once thought they were. Some of them, though, are almost more enjoyable.

Here's Mr. Potts and Truly in homage to Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Truly Scrumptious

Saturday, November 27, 2010

post Thanksgiving

Sketches! Who'd've thought?
That one other teacup is in there–there's a watercolor sketch based on it around here somewhere.
Colors applied with Corel Painter, naturally.

Hope everyone had an excellent Thanksgiving! Presently I'm enjoying leftover Angel Food Jello cake.

Saturday, November 20, 2010


Self indulgent art ahoy. Here's the other main character (and my absolute favorite in every book), Christopher Chant. He also happens to be big man Chrestomanci himself, even though this before he officially gains the role.
While Conrad's quite a bit more down-to-earth (look at that melancholy demeanor), Christopher can be kind of arrogant and pompous.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


I'm in the process of reading the Chrestomanci series, by Dianna Wynne Jones. I've got one left, and so far one of my favorites is Conrad's Fate. Here's the title character, done in Painter.


His uncle signs him up to work in a manor as a manservant with ulterior motives. I enjoy the setting of the book a lot, because it means everybody is dressed nicely and the environment is all...fancy and wealthy. I like the characters a lot, too.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

step by step

Took advantage of Painter's iterative save function to record the process of a quick demo painting for a class.

I used that same sketch of a paper tea cup to make a sort of sloppy framework sketch

Blocked in the colors, mostly for the sake of value

Redefined areas and tones

Started finessing, adding detail and brightening and darkening areas

Last one. Worked in a tiny bit more detail and added some cooler hues to the shadows to balance out the green-y yellow.

It's still just a color sketch, but I think I'm good with it.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

autumn things

I guess autumn's pretty over. There's a smattering of stuff I drew walking around MCAD campus.
Character stuff too. Red hair and hat guy are the same dude–Shanks, my favorite from One Piece. He's a pirate.
Also, the Philly roll from Fuji-ya. Highly recommended.

Friday, November 5, 2010


I watched a bunch of demos this evening and was reinvigorated to try new things in Painter. This piece is quite a mess, and I may never finish it, but I had a fun time for awhile and I'm even more excited about the program. There's a wealth of potential!
I'm also excited about learning to paint well.
I'm really just excited about learning art things in general; it's really a privilege to be able to study art.
To start this piece I drew from photos from a trip to LA I took earlier this year. Someday I'll make a a real piece of that place. LA, whatever you actually are, you've maintained a magical, shining image in my mind.