Monday, October 31, 2011

Friday, October 28, 2011

Thrift Store Findings

If you have ever tried to frame a big drawing before, you know how expensive it can be. The cheapest way to go, is to hunt one down at a thrift store. I found this big one recently,which was only 7 dollars, so I got it. The color of the frame was really ugly,
but that's why spray paint was invented.

After I took it apart, I sprayed painted the frames black.
It's simple, and in my opinion, the best way to go.

While the frame was drying, I finished the background of this family portrait I was doing.
I couldn't decide on what to do with it. At first I tried to paint it a solid color, but it just didn't look right. I then came up with this design that ended up looking a little chaotic, which I thought was appropriate.

Then, I added the border that came with the drawing inside the frame.
I had to cut it to make it fit. I guess you don't always have to add a border when you frame something, but I like the finish look it has.

After the frame dried I put everything together. The drawing was done primarily with water color on thick water color paper. However each face is done with color pencil. This was a present for a family I know pretty well.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Figure Drawings Part V

This is the last of my figure drawing posts. I didn't really organized them so it's not like I'm saving the best for last.

I did this one with indian ink...kinda treated it like water color.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Finally Done.

A while ago me and a friend started some abstract paintings. I don't usually paint a lot of abstract paintings. It's not really one of my favorite genres, but at the time it sounded like a good idea. It took me a while to finish it. Actually, I'm not even too sure it's finished. I put off working on it for a long time, because I didn't have any direction for the painting, and I simple did not want to waste paint.

When I finally got an idea in mind for what I wanted to base my painting on, I got to painting. The idea I had came from a documentary I saw. Without getting too much into it, I had this idea of deconstructing a plant, and what that would look like in an abstract manner.

I used acrylic paint and painted on an all wooden canvas I built.
The canvas was 24" x 24"

This is the painting Daniel painted. His inspiration was space, and the idea that something so big as a planet, is nothing but a tiny spot compare to the whole universe.

These are some close ups of the same painting.

Even though we started our paintings at the same time, he was done with his about a month before I was done with mine. He doesn't normally paint, but I really like the way his painting turned out.

I'm not sure too sure we will turn into abstract artists...
but somethings it's nice to try something new.
...They are both for sale by the way. Send a message
my way if you're interested in either of them.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Saturday, October 22, 2011

It's A Process, Maybe Next Time Edition

This is the first dog portrait I've ever done. Some friends wanted a portrait of their dog, so I was happy to paint it for them. I had fun painting this. It's definitely not the last dog painting I will paint.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

High School Dayz

This drawing was done using only color crayons. I think till this day, it's one of my favorite pieces I've ever done. It wasn't the easiest drawing I've ever made. Trying to get the colors to blend was very hard. I really want to try and doing more crayon drawings. Maybe even bigger ones too...We'll see.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Inside Out

This is a self portrait inspired by one of my favorite artists, Rene Magritte. Don't want to get too into meaning, but you should be able to notice how his work influenced this painting by looking here. The painting was done with acrylic paint on a 30" x 40" stretch canvas. Sometimes I like to place my paintings in different surroundings and take a picture. Is that weird?

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Night and Day

The other day I impulsively bought some pretty nice pens. I want to start drawing a lot more. I've started to look at a lot of pen drawings from different people and kinda got inspired. I want to concentrate on pen and ink for a while, but I have a couple paintings that I've already started. So I guess I'll try doing both.

This drawing was done for my drawing class I took a couple semesters ago. It's the same drawing, with different lighting. It was a 20 minute portrait on newsprint paper, done with a pen.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Prince, Prince, Prince

A while ago I made a Prince stencil and sprayed it on a record as a present for a friend. I somehow lost the original stencil. A few months ago me and some friends went to his concert and I decided to make another Prince stencil. This time I sprayed the stencil on records with different colors. I like the way they came out, so i might try and sell them. Maybe on Etsy? I haven't really tried selling anything else on it yet.

I like the way they came out. I want to do more stencils. I haven't worked with spray paint a whole lot, but I definitely want to try more things out. I'm still trying to think if a big multi layered stencil painting is too ambitious. We'll see.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Figure Drawings Part IV

This one was done with Indian ink.

Out of all the figure drawings, this is probably one of my favorite ones I did.

There's only one more figure drawings post after this one, hope you've liked them. If you weren't into them, sorry/too bad.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Hey Where Did You Go, Motivation?

The other day I opened another blank canvas I had purchased. It's 30" x 40". I had this idea I wanted to paint, so I sorta forced myself. I began to mix A LOT of paint, and threw it onto the canvas. As soon as I began to cover it I got bored and was over it. I didn't even finish covering the whole thing. I just put it away. Forcing myself to paint has never really produced my best work, so I don't know what I was thinking. I think it's because of lack of inspiration. At least partly.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

It's A Process

I showed the finish product a few days ago, but I took pictures of the process. I'm trying to get the hang of water color again, So hopefully I keep getting better. This is my first water color portrait in a pretty long while.