Sunday, November 29, 2009

It's Been A While

I have been so swamped this semester with work, teaching and my MFA program. It's been great, but I have neglected what I'm working so hard to improve. I hope to use this blog to showcase my works in progress... because that's what I'm always doing. To kick it off, here's a piece I did for my MFA program. It's a fictional Post cover from 1927. The Yankees have just won the World Series and Babe Ruth had the record for Home Runs. I played with the idea of mixing Mark Twain's, "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court" with a "New York Yankee." It was fun and I was really pleased with the final product. Enjoy.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Busy, Busy, Busy

I feel like I'm suddenly overwhelmed with art and extra work... it's great, but it leaves little time for the "fun" stuff. Here's the sketch for my final Lost painting.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Make Your Own Kind of Music

Desmond Hume. I have not added a 3-dimensional to this piece yet because I am looking for an "Execute" button. Any body have an old Commodore 64 keyboard?
I am still enjoying this series, and feel like I am developing a better sense of how to use the different medias to enhance the subject. I also added a second character to this piece, "Penny." I think the biggest thing I am re-learning, is the importance of value. Rembrandt said that, "Light is life," and I believe the addition of more intense values (highlights / shadows / etc) have definitely brought more life into my work.

Monday, April 20, 2009

I Always Have a Plan...

This is Ben Linus. I wasn't sure what three-dimensional elements to use (he doesn't play guitar or fish) but he has had some major surgeries... so I went with IV tubing. I am happy with the final look, plus it kind of gives him a Frankenstein look.
When I started these Lost studies, they were merely an avenue for trying new techniques. (What I like, I will ultimately incorporate into my final paintings.) But I've enjoyed the last three works so much, I've decided to make it into a legitimate "study" with a final work to show off all I've learned. I'm really excited about the final painting... which will have a movie poster look... stay tuned for more.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

A New Series, aka. Trying Something New

Jin. Not much to say... I decided to do a small series on my favorite Lost characters. The hope for this series is to try some new techniques and stretch myself a bit, and then start to incorporate them into my illustrations. In this piece, I used my "Dharma" stamp I created for the Charlie painting, thick gesso on the background, an oil wash, and plastic netting which I glued and then sewed onto the painting. (Jin was a fisherman on the island and so I thought it was appropriate.)

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

The Arts

I am excited to have "teamed up" with The Jackson Symphony to create their 2009-2010 brochure. I love being able to combine the arts, especially music and painting. I'm still working on the final product, but here is a sneak peak at the art.

Monday, March 9, 2009

My wife and I are big fans of "Lost." Unfortunately, we were unable to watch most of the series over the past four years, and didn't really know what was going on. So we borrowed the first four seasons, and watched every episode over December, January and February. It was a strange, exciting journey. There was a few nights when we would watch four episodes in one sitting... ouch! Now we are caught up and have to wait week to week like the rest of the world... but I felt like I needed to pay homage to one of our favorite characters... Charlie Pace. This piece is the story of his death. Enjoy!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

And So it Begins...

I'm an illustrator, not a writer... but I thought this would be a good place to show my art and make comments on why I do what I do.
Enjoy the site.