Thursday, January 19, 2012

FALL 2011: NOT OIL!!

The first is a figure drawing distortion piece, the second is my final for figure drawing, the third is the thumbnail for it which I like a lot more than the finished piece because I like the energy in it, the fourth is a figure drawing assignment of two figures in one piece, the fifth, sixth, and seventh are figure drawings done at the pod.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Fall 2011: OIL!

Another semester of TAD down, two more to go. This past semester was definitely really hard, and very focused on oil painting. I really need to update my blog on a regular basis to avoid large art dumps. For this post, they are all oil paintings!

The first one is a plein air, the second is a pear study painted with the help of Josh George, the third is my final for still life painting, and it's my biggest painting yet although I cannot remember the size at the moment, the fourth is an hour long quick painting of sardines under a light (so the smell will make you paint faster), the fifth is a figure painting using the Zorn palette, the sixth is a painting of a sculpture that Jon Foster made, and the seventh is a figure painting of my good friend Kaitlin Demayo in her Hans Solo costume.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Today I took a break away from projects to hang out with Chris and Chris. We’ve been best friends since around 2005. Watching Chris (bottom sketch) slaughter townsfolk in Skyrim, eating Richmond’s famous Bottoms Up, drinking beer and laughing ‘til we cried at Boondocks Season 3 were the activities of the night. They look so full of life.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Robot parts and light bulbs. Studies for an upcoming piece.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

TAD Project Update

This project I've been working on has been taking most of my time. It's a comic I'm planning to have completed very soon. The only thing I'll reveal about this for now is: Mongolia. It's been exciting for me to be working on this, so keep an eye out for more information!

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A drawing from the other day of Justin Vernon.

I haven't been posting much on the TAD blog lately because I haven't necessarily been part of the program since last spring.  I do still work in the TAD RVA studio and want to share with everyone what I am up to.  So follow me on my website or my blog for future updates.  Thanks!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

The Child Psychology of Sesame Street

Sesame Street was a huge part of my childhood, as I’m sure it was for most people born during/after the 1970s. It was the first time I saw crazy monsters living in a city.

A neighborhood like mine.

With people like me.

I stayed glued to the TV every morning to catch the big yellow bird with the teddy bear, the green grouch that lived in a trashcan and the blue lunatic that devoured cookies upon cookies. When I found an interesting article about Sesame Street, I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to create something for it. The article was about how the Sesame Street characters feel so organic but were carefully shaped by a team of psychologists. When I thought of child psychology, I thought of how they use shapes and blocks as tools. Building blocks help with the developmental stage of children, including social skills and psychological health. I wanted to take these blocks and “shape” one of the sesame street characters with them. In this case, I chose Big Bird. The concept is the execution, specifically the color and shape. The juxtaposition of reality and imagination that Sesame Street has carried for decades is one that has crept back into my work recently…and I couldn’t be happier.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Today, I went sketching with the lady at Crossroads, a local coffee shop in Richmond. I’ve been sketching there since my junior year at VCU and it was good to be back. Tomorrow I’ll be posting a new piece I’ve been working on. It’s one of my favorite pieces yet and I’m excited to show it.