Feb 28, 2010

Excellent Intensity

"The excellency of every art is its intensity, capable of making all disagreeable evaporate."

~ John Keats 

Oil pastels are intense.  While visiting with some fellow artists the other day, I was offered the chance to play with some oil pastels.  Of course I snatched up the pastels and began scribbling furiously.  I discovered that layering colors is tricky, and coloring in large areas is kind of a pain.  Plus, how do you store an oil pastel picture?  It's pretty smeary stuff.  

Fun times, though!  It was nice to do some traditional-media work, and I love the brilliant colors.  Huzzah for groovy artist friends and trying new things!

Dragon, oil pastels

 Daughter of Pharaoh

Study of Glenn Dean's "Men and Monuments"

Conceptual poster design for "Camelot"

Today's random scribble: "Tea Time"


Feb 26, 2010

Artists Courageous

All art requires courage.
~Anne Tucker

It's been a rather rocky couple of weeks.  I've been dabbling in the world of graphic design and t-shirt design contests, with little success.  In one contest, my t-shirt design got a whopping ten votes, putting me in 107th place.  In another contest, my design was given a score of 1.66 out of 5, and it was pulled from the contest early.  This graphic design business is a good bit harder than it looks; the drawing skills come in handy -- but they're not enough.

So, rather than wallow in self-pity, I've decided to keep on rollin' and improve.  If nothing else,  I've been amassing work for my portfolio whilst honing my skills.  I can only get better at this point.  Naysayers are cretins and imbeciles, and ain't nothin' gonna break my stride.

Ten happy things:
  • Sunshine pouring in your window
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail
  • The smell of cheesy garlic bread in the oven
  • Fashioning little accessories out of colorful beads
  • Clean sheets
  • Having a book on your shelf that is the exact art reference you need 
  • Knowing where the above book is on the aforementioned shelf
  • The sweet, sugary-buttery-pastry goodness of beignets
  • Community theater
  • Finally receiving that long-awaited package in the mail

 Conceptual poster designs for Sweeney Todd and Glass Menagerie.

Sketch for "Heart"-themed contest - not submitted.

Sketch for "Chinese Zodiac"-themed contest - not submitted.  I was going for "Year of the Striped Tiger"...

Design submitted for "Chinese Zodiac"-themed contest: "Learn Your Zodiac!"  My most popular design yet -- 22nd place!

Design submitted for "It's Hard Without Shoes"-themed contest: "No Ruby Slippers"

Feb 13, 2010


“I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.”

~Jimmy Dean

It's always good to be open to unforeseen last-minute changes.  One day you're house-hunting, worried about asking prices and square footage, the next day your husband's job isn't quite rock-solid -- new houses aren't important anymore.  Things change.  One hopes to be able to take things in stride, if not prepare for them.  Fortunately for those of us encountering changes in the art world, there's Photoshop!  It's such a blessing to be able to drastically modify a piece of art, after you discover at the last minute that its dimensions are completely wrong.  I love the flexibility of working digitally!

"A sword, a spade, and a thought should never be allowed to rust"
~ James Stephens
Irish poet and storyteller, 1882-1950
The following pictures are titled "Rust", inspired by James Stephens' quote; I did these for a recent ArtOrder challenge.
"Rust" (original)

"Rust" (final version)

"Ragtime", conceptual poster design

A little "Mythbusters" fanart.
Happy Valentines Day!