Friday, September 24, 2010

Sketch Friday

Another Friday has arrived so it is time for me to spiel about what is going here in the land of Otis. More projects keep flowing in with even more on the horizon. This has been a wonderful year for me so far and I am very grateful. Since I am busy with working with others on their projects, it is leaving me less time to do some things for myself. So, I decided to start doing a 20 minute or less sketch on Fridays and posting them here on the blog plus on my Facebook page. I will not doctor or erase them in Photoshop except to boast the contrast. You will get to see and comment on the drawings with their warts and all. I hope to stay away from my usual cartoony style and do more life drawings. This is the first one that I did a few minutes ago. I saw the image online and thought her back was beautiful. There are a few problems with the sketch but I enjoyed it and am quite pleased with it.


I recently have been on a art related reading kick (as you can tell from past posts). From my research, I read excellent reviews on Robert Schmid's Alla Prima: Everything I Know About Painting so I purchased a copy. It arrived today and is very detailed. I want to find a few hours this weekend to begin reading it. Oh, if you want a copy, it can be very expensive, especially the hardbound edition. I got the softbound directly from his website which sells for $49.95. You can find it at http://www.richardschmid.com/book.html. This book is used by many painting instructors and professionals. I will give you my feedback after I finish it.

Tomorrow I am heading to Colby College with a bunch of artist friends to view a James McNeill Whistler collection. I have been looking forward to this all summer. A full report will follow next week.

Until next week, i leave you with this:
"I dream a lot. I do more painting when I'm not painting. It's in the subconscious." Andrew Wyeth

Friday, September 17, 2010

Missing Links

For this week's post, I thought I would share links to various articles and links that I find interesting. I think as artist we need to constantly discover new things, read just about anything, listen to and touch the world around us. They are equally as important as our visual senses.


Here are a few sites/links to get you going.

Since I am on an oil painting and the human figure style kick as of late, look at the work of Kevin Wueste. He works traditionally and in Painter (which Is till need to dive into at some point).
http://kevinwuesteart.blogspot.com

Wimp is a great video site for things odd, creative, inspiring, thought provoking, and amazing.

For those of us old enough to actually used Letraset, Chartpak, and/or Formatt, you may enjoy this article.

If you are into old recordings, field recordings, and lost records of long ago, you must spend some time at Dust-To-Digital's website. They are rediscovering the gems from the early days of recording.

A fun site for those of us who like toys and art. Mostly modern art and toys but still a ton of information.

If you are into pinup art, spend some time at http://www.pinupcartoongirls.com/ The artwork on the site is very tastefully done. And this site has great reference for clothing from the 40s until today, http://www.glamourgirlsofthesilverscreen.com/menu/1/index.html

Paper Chase Press can print custom portfolios and books. I have seen some samples from then and the printing is top notch. http://www.paperchase.net/

If you are thinking about getting into character licensing, this site is a good start for legal information.

For those of use that do Flash animation and need a some additional training/knowledge, you must purchase Chris Georgenes and Justin Putney's new book, Animation with Scripting for Adobe Flash Professional CS3. i have just read the first 50 pages and learned a some new things. Chris has a Flash forum page that you can post questions or information that you may have regarding Flash and animation. http://keyframer.com/forum/index.php

Well since it is my anniversary today, I am shutting down early to spend time with most amazing person in the world. Lynn has been my biggest fan and supporter for my artwork. Without her there to push me, I would not be where I am today.

I will leave you with this quote for the week:
“I prefer drawing to talking. Drawing is faster, and leaves less room for lies.” Le Corbusier


Friday, September 10, 2010

Another Friday Has Arrived

Well another Friday has arrived which has left me wondering, "Where did the week go?" I am busy finishing up various projects which means at least one day this weekend will be a working one.

The above image is from a cover of a book I designed for Nancy Williams, a writer in California. This was a bit different for me since I mostly do kid's illustrations, animations or logos. I got to design and layout the complete book which also included some information graphics. Nancy was wonderful to work with on the project. This is the first book out of a series of four.

The cow icon is a character design I did for Ford New Holland at the beginning of summer. Little did I know that they make the cow into an inflatable mascot. They use the mascot at various events and farm shows. I thought it was pretty cool to see something you did as an actual physical piece.

Some other interesting news is that the sketch of Roscoe Holcomb I did a few months ago was seem by someone on Facebook who knows his family. He asked if he could show the sketch to Roscoe's daughter which of course I said "yes". Roscoe's daughter was flattered that someone wanted to do a piece of art of her father and LOVED the sketch. Now I am inspired to do the final art. I hope to do this on a large scale and traditional (pen & ink and watercolor).

My wife, our friends Hazel and Holly, and myself worked the "Welcome Table" here in Pittsfield this morning. The "Welcome Table" feeds elderly people and the less fortunate in the area. It was our first time doing this but we had a great time. We cooked baked ziti, bread, fresh green salad, and apple pie. We are a bit worn out so I will end this week with the following quote:
"Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures." Henry Ward Beecher





Saturday, September 4, 2010

Relief!

Finally some relief after a week of hot, steamy weather! Earl was welcomed up here in Maine. I almost did not post something for this week because of just being worm out from the heat and lack of sleep.

I was going through some older pieces and came across these two pieces that are a departure from my normal style. With these two illustrations, I did away with the outlines and used shapes to form the imagery. I really enjoy this look because it really has that retro feel to it. It also makes you simplify your composition but allowing the color and shapes to shine through. I would like to do more in this style.
I stumbled across this sketch I did a few years ago and thought it was very amusing. I am not sure who it was done for but the I liked it and thought I would share. With some work, it might make a nice spot for a magazine article.
A couple of new logos came in this week including one for an Autistic website. Cannot show you anything at the moment but as you do research on subject so you can design and/or illustrate the subject matter, you really learn lots of new things. As artist, we should always be reading and observing just as much as sketching. It keeps the mind sharp and the creative juices flowing.

It is soon time for a website redesign. My existing one is almost two years old. I have been thinking about incorporating my blog into the site. Has anyone done this and have any insight that they are willing to share? You know the pros and cons of joining the two. I definitely need some fresh animations to add to the new design. I just storyboarded a 2 minute clip for a song from a band I was in a few years ago. It is a matter of finding the time.

My other thinking of late has been to search out an agent at the first of the year. I have been compiling a list during these last two months so I need a fresh promo piece, a new site, news samples with several new animated clips, AND it would nice to have my book written and illustrated. Progress is being made in that department as well. I figure even if I had it set up as an ebook, that would be impressive and offer a new skill set. I prefer a real book but you must keep current as much as possible. But one can only do so much during the course of the day.

I leave you with this wonderful quote:
"Dreams are illustrations ...from the book your soul is writing about you" ~ Marsha Norman

 
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