Monday, May 7, 2012

Zoe Portrait Process

Final can be found *Here*

Monday, November 15, 2010

Card for Moe

Took some pictures of  Mo's card while waiting for paint to dry, so I made a process post. :]
All media is listed in the process picture (used a Hair Drier to speed up dry time)

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Thank You Ed Li!

Here's a thank you card I made for my Sketching the Environment teacher the awesome Ed Li :]
Here's the sketch, digital color study (which i like a lot better), and the final gouache painting.
I did a LOT of preliminary sketches for this one trying to figure out how I wanted to handle it. But I haven't had a chance to scan them.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Thank You David Colman!

Here's a thank you card I made for my Intro to Character Design teacher the wonderful David Colman :]

Monday, April 12, 2010

The Football, I mean Pug

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Sketch Club: Shades of Brown

First attempt using Camtasia to record process. Bare with me as I learn the program I'm sure things will get smoother :]

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Gouache + Caran d'Ache: Portrait of Luis

Luis is a friend I met on the plane ride back from holiday in Indiana. He was interested in getting a portrait so while creating it I decided to try and take pictures of the process to share.

Step 1: First off I did a bunch of sketches to learn the structure of his face and play with different styles. I settled on the sketch below which was printed at my preferred size on regular printer paper, which I would not recommend. I was being lazy and ran into problem because of it later with the paper crumpling. But later I show you how to save it so it doesn't really matter.
*For those wondering I used Turner Design Gouache with only one brush my trusty Escoda Kolinsky #8.

Step 2: Create a dark wash. Make sure you make enough so you don't have to remix it mid application.

Step 3: Let it dry. Go eat lunch get a snack, just LET IT DRY
Step 4: Lay in where your darkest areas are going to be, so for me I wanted those areas to be the hair, the shirt, and primarily the eyes/eyebrows to produce a focal point.

Step 5: Start to establish form by adding middle tones to the face. You can start trying to bring out more colors in the skin, in this case scarlets and ochres.
Step 6: Lay in background and start to thicken it up, if desired, for me it was.

Step 7: Add values in between the mids and darks to push form, establish hard and soft edges.
Step 8: Noticed my paper was getting a little too wrinkly for my taste so I grabbed a piece of bristol, any thick weight paper would most likely work. Then I used Matte Medium, only on the back of the paper, to paste the printer paper onto the bristol. I used my blinds and a chip clip to hang for drying, but you can just leave it on your work area.
*When I paste the paper down I start in the middle with some kind of old card, in this case I used a credit card like rebate I received for a digital cable box, something strong but wont rip the paper, and from the middle work my way out to the corners. There should be excess Matte Medium coming out the sides so that the corners get glued down all the way. Try not to get it onto your image area.

Step 9: I wanted the piece to be a little more colorful and tactile so I brought out the Caran d'Ache. The main objectives at this point were to finish it up by reinforcing the form, and to boost colors that had become toned down.

And here's a little detail just so you can see the texture produced by the Caran d'Ache

Thanks for checking out my process. Let me know if you have any more questions, I hope this has been informative. :]

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Experimenting with Caran d'Ache

Started with a quick crayon sketch in Caran d'Ache. Didn't like it so I washed it out with water. Then Went on top of the faint marks left with ink using a nib pen. Used some ink washes with a brush and then added some watercolor to have warms and cools present for balance.

These first two were done simultaneously compensating for drying time. Started with a quick Caran d'Ache sketch. Used water to soften the overall feel. Went back into it with more Caran d'Ache, a different color blue, red, and black to pull the drawing back out. Then used a little water to smooth any areas I felt needed it. Finished with white Caran d'Ache to bring out the eye highlights.

This was my warm up before I got to the previous sketches. Started with Caran d'Ache. Softened it with water. Added warms with watercolor. Quick defining with ink nib pen and brush. More watercolor to build up more form in the face. Got out white gouache and fixed any incorrect areas that needed to be brought out of shadow to reinforce it's form. Once I scanned the image into the computer I brought it into Photoshop and fixed some proportion problems that came into play because of the angle I was working.

Hope this has been informative. I know I LOVE seeing peoples processes :]

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Acrylic Process: Sonia Sotomayor

Decided to dust off the ol' acrylics and do a quick painting to show some process.

* First I printed out a copy of my graphite drawing from the other day and Matte Mediumed it down onto some Bristol.
You will need a tray with some sort of lip (I use a butcher tray), paper towel (preferably plain white), tracing paper.
* line tray with a damp paper towel, DO NOT SOAK
* place tracing paper on top, acts as a membrane to keep your acrylics moist
--if you want to return to this palette later you can put the acrylics in the freezer

Step 1: "Dark" cool neutral wash
Step 2: added some warms while wash was still wet

Step 3: Emphasized more warms and blocked in the yellow shirt
Step 4: Applied Skin tone and blocked in the hair more to provide contrast

Step 5: Pushed values in the face to add form
Step 6: Brought up the details

The aim of this painting for me was to keep the darks thin and the lights thick.
If you have any questions feel free to ask!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Pratt - Acrylic/Tar/Oil Demo

courtesy of George Pratt

Step 1: Acrylic Painting - used because of quick dry time
Step 2: Tar concoction is applied - roofing tar mixed with japan drier and a wax to smooth it out and so it dries in a timely fashion
Step 3: Unwanted Tar is scraped/wiped out and gives contrast to preliminary painting - Gamsol is used for thinning the tar if it gets unmanageable
Step 4: Work back into the painting with Oils over the tar

The soldier at the bottom is an additional example and was done using the same technique

Perez - ZBrush Demo

Octavio Perez did a demo in ZBrush. The first Space Alien looking guy was done prior to the demo night and painted using ZBrush. Before seeing it I thought the program was just used to make 3D characters. I didn't get the starting point of the Red Alien head but basically you start with a basic 3D object, cube, circle, whatever, then you go in with tools to digitally sculpt the object. I'm going to definitely try this program out once thesis is over :P