Thursday, January 31, 2008

KICKED IN THE FACE.

Jump I. Jump II.


We had to do an in-class color pencil piece for my Dry Media course. I chose to further develop this little drawing I did in my sketchbook. I'm quite fond of drawing people not fully reacting to bizarre attacks, obviously. The purple drawing is my sketchbook piece, just a quick sketch and a gouache background color.

My professor kept telling me that my colors and lines weren't doing the dynamic pose justice. I'm still not quite sure what to make of that, but I'm going to have to try something new before turning in the finalized version.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

GYPSIES KILLED MY WOMAN.

Billy Jack.


His name is Billy Jack. Get back! Or he will attack.

Okay, here's the explanation... Relaxed Muscle is Jarvis Cocker's (Pulp frontman) side project. He has an alter-ego named Darren Spooner that dresses up like a skeleton all the time. "Billy Jack" is my favorite Relaxed Muscle song, mainly because the super-crappy video for it features skeleton-man Spooner as a cowboy. Come on! Tales of vengeful skeleton cowboys! A girl can't ask for much more.



The first week of classes wasn't so bad. There was big homework in every course but all of them seem pretty fun. For example, I have to draw my favorite monster for Illustration II and, after a long time mulling over the pros and cons of drawing a sexy Medusa or Bride of Frankenstein, I decided to go in a completely different direction and depict Krampus, St. Nick's naughty buddy. You may know him from the Venture Bros. Christmas Special. I like the sketches so far, so let's hope that I don't end up hating the final piece so much that I don't post it here.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

DEER STOP.

Deer Stop.


An acrylic/marker piece that I did over Winter Break. I started off sketching Keira Knightley and then it turned into some weird illustration of a woman with awkward proportions. No reference, so that's why it doesn't look much like fine Miss Knightley. How can someone with such a strange chin be so attractive?

School has started and things are going relatively smoothly. I mean, I've made an ass of myself in only two out of three classes so far. Two more to go!

The "My Photo" image keeps wigging out. I think Blogger knows that my hair isn't pink/red anymore (it's dark purple). Anyway, I'm feeling very grumpy right now, so I'm not going to say much else. If Ricky doesn't get Auf'd tonight on Project Runway, I don't know what I'm going to do.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

OF SHEFFIELD AND SOHO.

Here's an extremely quick sketch based on an old, old Jarvis Cocker photo. I wanted to try something with really light gouache washes in the background, and my Moleskine watercolor sketchbook's pages held up surprisingly well with all that water. The paper buckled while it was still wet, but flattened out perfectly in the end.

Mr. Jarvis.


Oh, that reminds me. I finally found an MP3 of Pulp's b-side "Sheffield: Sex City" and I desperately want to do a sequential art tribute to the song, much in the same way that Jamie Hewlett (Gorillaz, "Tank Girl") made a comic strip for "Common People". I hope that one day my art can be, like, the visual equivalent of Cocker's writing. Um, I guess just reading Pulp's liner notes and whatnot doesn't really do the music justice, since it's all in the execution. Otherwise, it just looks like sleazy nonsense (I may or may not be describing my own work at this point). And yeah, I'm one of those losers that still lives in the late-80s to mid-90s music scene. I was too young to appreciate it at the time, so my love is justified.

Anyway, this next piece is for The New Yorker's online Eustace Tilley contest, for which artists were invited to provide their own interpretations of the famous fop. The majority of my New York visits are spent in SoHo, so this is Tilley as a SoHo hipster.

Eustace Tilley of SoHo.

Friday, January 11, 2008

NEEDLE AND THREAD.

One popular piece of default imagery for my mindless sketching seems to be hooded figures and surly women. For this piece, I decided to break from that tradition by making the woman not quite as surly as some of my other ladies. Huge stretch, right? I also tried out a new way of working with acrylics, following the techniques of my Illustration I teacher from last semester, Deanna Staffo. She uses very, very well-sharpened charcoal pencils and acrylic paints, applied with tiny brushes. I quite like the technique, but I don't know if I'm comfortable with continuing it for the majority of my work because bits of charcoal keep darkening areas that I don't want to darken. I did find out that I prefer working on a smaller scale when it comes to acrylics, though.

Stitch.


I've submitted it for this week's Illustration Friday theme: Stitch.

Also, I've been working extra hard, so expect a lot more updates throughout the month. Activity may die down as I return to Baltimore for school next week and settle back into my usual feelings of personal disappointment and loathing. But until that terribly taxing time takes its toll, please enjoy the barrage of new posts.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

MOURNING PERIOD OVER.

After a long period of desperate hot-gluing, I finally gave up on my badly broken sketchbook and bought a sexy Moleskine watercolor notebook. It's really, really spectacular. My mother made fun of me because I kept cradling the book and absentmindedly stroking the cover while I was in the car. The pages are unusually long, so I'm having loads of fun with my compositions, which is probably the only skill I feel comfortable with. The watercolor paper is letting me experiment a lot more with my colors, which is my major weakness in school. I'll also be able to scan more images from the book because it lies completely flat.

Here's the first page:

Page One.


Oh, and I'm hoping to get my online portfolio up and running some time this semester. For those of you that have a website, any recommendations or warnings for domain registrars and webhosts? I really don't know where to start. I'm tempted to go to GoDaddy because of the popularity, but some reviews online are less than wonderful.

And because everyone loves artist links... I've been experimenting with gouache lately and to push myself to do better and make the best out of the medium, I've been admiring the work of Joao Ruas, who uses beautiful pencil work and gouache in a lot of his pieces.