Thursday, September 30, 2010

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Day 5

Getting messy with clouds.


Wednesday, September 29, 2010

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Day 4

Now it is starting to look like something.


Tuesday, September 28, 2010

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Day 3

Another layer of color for the tiger.


Monday, September 27, 2010

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Day 2

Loose background. It seems strange that simple clouds give a feeling of space.


Sunday, September 26, 2010

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Day 1

First day of painting. Keeping it loose with a lot of water and very little color.
It's more like staining in colors very lightly than anything major.

I like this stage because I can be a bit sloppy with application of color


Saturday, September 25, 2010

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Watercolor Materials

Wood panels
in three sizes
36 by 24 inches 5 pieces
24 by 24 inches 5 pieces
12 by 24 inches 12 pieces
I seem to have a lot of wood. Anyway, I bought all 22 panels for about 30 dollars from HomeDepot and had them cut it to the size I needed.
I like to rotate artwork, starting new work as I'm putting final detail on older work.

Water color paper 30 by 22 (winsor newton rough paper is my current favorite)
Drawing paper 18 by 24
Saral paper, (the light blue paper) to transfer drawings onto watercolor paper
Gummed paper tape(on the left side just above the brushes)

Winsor Newton water color

a random collection of cheap brushes I've been gathering since community college. I don't trust myself with expensive brushes because I'm really hard on them.

Eye dropper to add water to the colors


Friday, September 24, 2010

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Enlargement and Mounting

1st images shows original drawing on a 22x30 inch Winsor and Newton 300 Rough watercolor paper.

2nd image drawing enlarged to around 18x24 inches in photoshop and printed out the pieces without color.

3rd image transfer using Saral (trasfer) paper under the copy using a pen to go over the lines that I want to paint.

4th image the drawing on the watercolor paper and mounted onto a wood board with gummed paper tape, this is to prevent paper warping, and for when you wash down the painting. (pencil to show scale)


Thursday, September 23, 2010

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Tight Pencil

The cleaned up pencil on the middle of the 5Tigers. I worked up the pencils with a little shading and changed the wing positions. This was done on an 11 by 17 sheet of regular copy paper.


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

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Value Sketch

Usually I give myself a week to finish a value sketch, which is important for planning my lights and darks in the finished painting. But this time I'm going for speed, I would like to have this whole project done in about 2 weeks.

So this gives me more or less a plan to paint from.

But why change your process?

Well, I'm calling this an experiment. I have a problem of not finishing projects in a timely manner. On top of that I noodle, doodle, tinker, and over work paintings sometimes.
So this time I will call this a speed painting.
Plus, I just want to see if I can.


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

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The far left is the concept redrawn, done without photo reference. I like the looseness and energy.
2 - 4 were drawn with photo ref, and developed with varying levels of success.
Sometimes I forget the danger of photo ref and get caught up in the details too soon, which can start to sap all the energy out of sketches


Monday, September 20, 2010

ToraSoraReturn (SideQuest)

torasora concept

I have had this idea in my head for a few years.

The concept is of a mythical tiger descending from the sky by walking on the clouds

So seeing as this is the year of the Tiger, I thought I should get it out of my head and onto paper.
One day I think I might like to do a series of zodiac animal paintings.
The tiger is a good place to start.

The image is from an early attempt done in 2007 for my graduation gallery show. I think the concept is in need of an update. This is going to be a fun short side quest.


Sunday, September 19, 2010

3 Rings Comic Characters Color Ruff

A version of the characters colored. I'm still trying different combinations, and using various colors, but so far I like this.
Color has always been difficult, especially on computer because of the large amount of choice in color. I swear i could try slightly different variations of color for hours.


Monday, September 13, 2010

3 Rings Comic project Background Sketch 005

These are the last of the larger Background graphite sketches. I sometimes do painting in watercolor without the graphite sketches but I think the final art looks better with than without. I believe that thinking of the final art in another medium really helps inform my choices. Of course it adds time to making art and on a deadline...


Tuesday, September 07, 2010

3 Rings Comic project Background Sketch 004

Backgrounds of a lava pit temple, and the temple gate.


Thursday, September 02, 2010

3 Rings Comic project Background Sketch 003

More backgrounds.