A Long Time Later

Okay! After a couple of near tries, I am finally, finally updating this thing, and the result is what can only be refered to as an art dump!

Granted, it's only four pieces, wretchedly photographed, but each is so terribly new and unique.

This is a gouache color study for an N. C. Wyeth painting. I did the final in acrylic glazes for my Colorworks class, only to find out during my critique that the image I was working from was far, far away from what the original painting looked like. Still, the whole thing made me take a very patient look at color and the use of glazes, and this study reminded me how very much I love gouache, even when it isn't entirely cooperative.

This was a three-week in class painting, using acrylic glazes again. Please ignore most of the painting; I'm posting this because I love the face of the woman in the coat. I did it with some careful observation and just three glazes. It's these sort of almost-effortless, almost-accidental successes that make me feel comforted as an artist (and more so as a student).

Here is yet another example of mushy anatomy for an artistic anatomy assignment, but I love the shapes of color. I did this in sepia and white conte crayon on really soft, tan paper that turned green as soon as the conte hit it. (Thanks, color theory!)

I whiled away my entire afternoon on this last piece. I've been dying to play around with Sculpey and actually make a real, live object, so this is a 3d model of a character I designed for my Colorworks final. (It's three or four sequential pieces, about a boy who's obsessed with birds and what ensues. I'm hoping to use the cuteness that is so omnipresent in my illustration pieces along with a bit of darkness. It's always a fun combination; I just have to consciously try to keep the bite in my work.)

I used Styrofoam and armature wire inside so, sadly, I probably won't bake him.

And here he is on an Altoids tin, for a sense of scale.

Coming next: work from my comic book class and a pile of weird sketchbook drawings, hopefully within the next few days.

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