Is it really that time of the year again already! Whew! Another round of Illustrators of the Future has been picked. Here's a teaser for it. So exciting! I saw myself pop up around 5:28 or so.
This lovely lady is Eternity, inspired by ImagineFX's January Art Challenge. I also entered her in this year's Spectrum! deadline is in a few hours, so get cracking! If you are worried about time, remember this year you can submit online!
Links to the ImagineFX January Art Challenge, and Spectrum online:
So, on to Eternity! I chose a symmetrical balanced composition to give the impression of stability (appropriate for the theme). My piece is titled "Eternity Contemplates Evanescence". I thought it would be really cool to juxtapose all the eternal symbols (ouroboros, sun, sands of time, circle) with a delicate symbol of transience, a small white feather. Everything needs it's opposite to define itself, so here she is thinking about that!
I did this piece as a test to see how far I can push myself (and how long it takes) on a full figure painting as a test for an upcoming top-secret project I am working on. I want lots of density (detail) in this piece, and also very naturalistic subtle tones. I didn't want to skimp on the effort I took to suck all the usefulness out of my reference photos. Around the middle of the process I actually considered it done for a few days (see wip#4); but then I went back and decided to really really push myself more than usual. Honestly I should do that every time, of course, and this experiment has strengthened my resolve! In case you're wondering it took me about 3 days (probably about 20 hours). Below I posted my wips, reference material, textures, and some detail shots at 100%. Enjoy!
These two portraits are on exhibit in the Harrisburg Art Association's member show "Figuratively Speaking" January 10th- February 13th. Reception is going to be a blast! I will be there with my family (now you know it is going to be fun!). They are also available for sale. I love questions, if you have any please ask me anything about them!
Tomorrow I will post the progress shots of these ladies as I painted them and
Friday, January 10th 5-8pm
21 North Front Street, Harrisburg, PA
Please see details on their website here:
I got the best Xmas present this year...a call from the L. Ron Hubbard's Illustrators of the Future Contest. I am one of three second-round winners picked from this quarter's entries! There are some nifty perks to this contest (besides the incredible rush of dopamines and glitter to my brain). I get to go to Los Angelos in April for an intensive week-long workshop with the other winners and participation in the third and final round. I love me some sun and competition!
Sorry for all the exclamation points- I'm excited!
Funny story about the contest, I had no idea I was one of the winners and only found out a few days or so after the whole world did. I think my heart stopped when I saw my name on the site.
Above are the three pieces I entered, in case you are curious.
Also, on the good news front I have an announcement coming up soon about a certain amazing artist (me) whose work is going to be featured at a gallery showing in Harrisburg. Stay tuned for details!
Sorry it's been awhile since I posted. I holed myself up in the basement to finish two oil paintings for a gallery show. Before I got swept up in that, though, I did this little photoshop doodle for fun. I wanted to do a color study and emulate traditional brushstrokes but on a cartoon character. Specifically Cherry, created by Paris Christou. I've worked through his tutorial series on how to draw Cherry and so right now I'm pretty much obsessed because that's what I've been drawing for the last few days. As for the inspiration painting, that's by Selene Regener (Selenada on DeviantArt).
I used a series of layers to build up the portrait that is very common in traditional oil painting. First, the underpainting in green/gray (the dead layer), then washes of color building up from dark to light. For more information on this look up "7 layer flemish oil painting technique".
This website is helpful: http://www.ehow.com/way_5459614_layer-painting-techniques.html
BIG NEWS coming up on the next post by the way! I won something! Hold on to your pinky toes!
I try to sketch everyday, and the last few days I've been concentrating solely on exaggerated women, think comic strips and pinups. Cherry is a good specimen! She is Paris Christou's iconic pinup character that he uses for his tutorial series. He has a mega-course available now, which I am considering getting so that my practice is more comprehensive and less piecemeal. It can be found here. Paris has released many free you tube tutorials on drawing Cherry as well. I will include a few links below.
Try some yourself!
Tip: to avoid weightless floating characers draw the surface first, then the butt (or feet, whichever is touching the surface)!
a few you tube vids:
Today I took a fresh look at this and decided that it needed to be darker and I wanted a few neon notes in there just to be discordant. Still can't decide if I should keep the neon or leave it out. Here are the two.
I decided to do another scary bird and woman sketch. Might as well continue the theme for a little bit, although it ended up a lot softer and more nuanced than the first one. Decided on a rooster this time...I'm leaving this series as fun subconscious process and I don't plan out symbolism ahead of time. I pick something that feels right and look up the symbolism later to make my own personal meaning. Roosters have an affinity with time and so for me, this piece is about running out of time and feeling beaten and exhausted. Please feel free to interpret it as you like, however. Popular symbolism for roosters is copied below....
The ancient Greeks believed the Rooster rose to attention and saluted the sun every morning with a hearty cry, symbolizing victory over night. As such, the Rooster was considered a solar emblem to the Greeks, and was adopted as a sacred sign to the god Apollo as well as Zeus, Persephone and Attis.
In Christianity the Rooster is noted for crowing three times after Peter denied Christ. As such, it became a symbol for Christ's passion. Later, the Rooster would signify the repentance of the saint and religious vigilance as well as resurrection. To this day the Rooster seen on a weathervane is steeped in symbolic meanings that deal with watchful vigilance against evil, as weathervanes are commonly seen atop churches.
One of the twelve signs of the Chinese zodiac, the Rooster is a Chinese symbol of honesty, as well as physical and moral fortitude. It is of the yang attribute and signifies fortune, luck, fidelity, protection as well as bossiness. For other Chinese animal symbol meanings click here.
Roosters are considered sacred symbols in Japan, and are permitted to run free amongst the Shinto temples. This is partially due to the Rooster calling Shinto followers to prayer with its morning crow at dawn.
So, not sure if the blood is a bit much....but thought 'd try it out. I ended up picking a cuckoo bird because the symbolism was intriguing. I'm also playing around with a parrot, maybe ill show you later how that worked out. So here is the finished piece, the meaning is up to you, I know I formed my own. This quick painting started loose and I just kind of left it up to my brain to play with ideas and not worry yet about the meaning. At the end I thought about meaning and was able to come up with a cool image I couldn't have done on purpose. I'm going to do more of these, maybe one a week and I really loved everyone's suggestions on facebook, they helped steer me towards researching birds. Thank you all participants!
For the curious, here is what I found on cuckoo's:
Cuckoo appears in many Lithuanian fairy tales, songs and legends. People noticed it’s strange voice and tried to explain this phenomena. The most often it was seen as a complaint and a groan. In one fairy tale a woman loses her three sons in war and finally becomes a cuckoo affected by a deep sorrow. She goes to different countries in the world to look for the tombs of her sons. That’s why a cuckoo stands for symbol of a woman who lost someone she loved or who suffers from some misery. There are many sayings related to this bird: “You can only understand the song of a cuckoo if you suffer from pain”, “Not that one sings with the voice of a cuckoo whose tooth hurts but that one whose hart is in pain”. This symbol could be compared with Vedic understanding that a cuckoo is a soul before and after the incarnation. Body represents a strange nest in which the soul settles. In Baltic pagan tradition people often reincarnate into birds or trees after their death. Only souls of good people could transform into cuckoos. They are seen as mediators between the worlds of the living and the dead. Cuckoo is a bird of Laima, the Goddess of fertility, life and birth. She was one of the first Goddesses worshiped by Lithuanians in Stone Age. In the beginning she was the most powerful deity of Heavens and Earth. The primordial Goddess was pictured as a cuckoo and her assistant Laime (Happiness) or Dalia (Fate) – as a water bird – duck or swan. After Laima became a female personification, she kept certain traits of the bird cuckoo. This bird became the main protector of human life, the announcer of important events (birth, marriage and death), the predictor of cyclic time of the year. It’s functions begin in Spring, when a cuckoo announces the end of chaos and the establishment of a new order. The fifth month of the year has the name of a cuckoo in Lithuania .
Cuckoo decides about human existence and death, she decides how long one would live. The habitat of Goddess Laima and cuckoo is linden tree. Cuckoo is mentioned in Lithuanian wedding songs as well.
It can be often met in the forest: it warns about someone’s ruse, protects the orphans, tells the truth about something. It’s speckled color is also mentioned quite often.
However, there exists another image of a cuckoo as well. It lays eggs in the nests of other birds and do not breed it’s children, other birds avoid cuckoos. Even today whores are called cuckoos because of this fact. The devil was also compared to a cuckoo: there is a saying “Not a devil, nor a cuckoo”. It is said that cuckoos can tell how long a man will live.
In Greek mythology Cuckoo is one of Hera’s (the goddess of women and marriage) birds. Her equivalent in Roman mythology was Juno. Zeus transformed himself into a cuckoo and seemed to be frozen. Hera felt sorry for this bird and wanted to make it warm putting it to her breast. Then Zeus turned in his normal shape, raped Hera and insisted to marry him to cover her shame.
Almost all European nations attributed a role of sibyl to this bird. For example, when one hears a cuckoo for the first time in spring he should count how many times it will sing – that will be the number of years he is going to live. Another example tells that a man should have money in his pocket when he hears a cuckoo for the first time in spring, otherwise he will stay poor that year.
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