Monday, December 20, 2010

The Bom-Diggity

So my gift giving adventure with the painting I did for my sister was a success! She was very satisfied with the gift, and that was exactly what I was aiming for. Unfortunately, I don't have a scanner large enough for this or a nice camera so I had to take a photo of it with a simple point and shoot. I'm afraid my lighting's a bit off, too, but overall you get the idea of what the painting is "sorta" like. If I put this in my portfolio, I'm definitely going to have to re-shoot it.

While we're on the subject of gift giving, I have received a few things from my Secret Santa at work... This is my first time ever participating in an office/work place Secret Santa, so I'm curious to see who actually has me as their victim--er, I mean, recipient.

I am quite happy with what I have been given so far! We can make a list for our Secret Santa, and so far I have gotten two things I asked for: Pez (lots) and toe socks! The toe socks I just received today, and I think they are by far some of the coolest Christmas themed socks I have seen. Plus, they are warm.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Roots of the Mission

I had promised a painting to my elder sister about a year ago when I was out of work because I could not afford to buy anything for her. Much to my chagrin, I finished it now (roughly a year later) in time for her next birthday. Life, it seems, is very mysterious...

Here is the initial sketch or under-drawing that I use to paint over on the illustration board.

My initial approach was to rely strongly on line and pattern, but somewhere along the line it just didn't feel like it was meshing so well. I eventually dropped a lot of the little embellishments on the ears and flowers. I kept them on the butterfly and the decorations around the eyes of the fox because I felt it helped create a little cohesiveness to that area. I didn't feel there was enough area on the blue flowers to create the same detailed dots the way I wanted.
 And some palette "peelings" that I created during this journey into my paint. I had so much that it just started peeling up by itself. This truly is the best and least messy method to cleaning off an acrylic palette; just allow it all to dry together and peel it off later and you will be left with a nice white surface on your palette. Well, for the most part.
I will be posting the finished painting on my portfolio blog later in the week, or at least after I have gifted it to my sister!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Thanksgiving Leftovers

Some people have lots of food leftovers from Thanksgiving... I have sketches left over from Thanksgiving. ^_^

 I have happily indulged in some still life studies of some commonly used objects. I find that it always improves my drawing when I take the time to do a life drawing session or a still life. The pitcher, bowl of fruit and pen are some quick drawings I did during the holiday. The flags I did soon after, but I made them up since there were no puffy clouds or fun war-like banners flying at the time I drew this.

This one is a little older as you can see from the date, but I found it lying around and thought it would be a fun add on...Just a doodle for a potential logo I was thinking up.

Another fox! Surprise, surprise. ^_~

Saturday, December 4, 2010

New Toy; Digital Toy

I recently acquired a tablet for my computer, but due to a busy schedule I have not been able to play with it for at least a week, much to my dismay. Thankfully, I had a spare hour to set it up with all its various software bundles and try out a few things.

Here is a sketch that I did quickly with some of the new software. I don't think it will ever replace my hard-copy sketchbook, but it's a nice way to sketch quickly without the mess of graphite on your hands afterward.

Thus begins my journey into digital art! ^_^