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Archive for May, 2011

shhh… he’s Asleep

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Micah Road Mystery
One more thing I miss about art school: Spray Booths. When it rains it holds up my production. It also slows down my internet connection grrr.
Here is a sketch for the next painting I’m working on for a mystery story in SHINE brightly. I’m so happy the picked it because I’ve been totally into faces this year (if you couldn’t tell) and I’ve been looking for an excuse to do something similar to the ‘Runaway Step-shoes’ piece I did almost a year ago. I was listening to ‘Escape From Illustration Island’ in which Marshall Arisman is interviewed and I got a shiver when he talked about doing work you love. People say that all the time but there is something in the way this guys hits it home.

Thing have been painting over and over again
1) Faces
2) Girls (pre-teens especially)
3) Mysterious things
4) Horses (and their mythical kin)
5) The moon
6) Trees
7) Dogs
8) Rabbits
9) Fields and meadows lined with pine trees

hmm… that’s quite an odd lil’ list there.

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Fini

StarGirlHere is a finish from earlier this week. My little Star Girl is very dramatic.
Today there was a large event at my alma mater, Montserrat. One of the founders of the illustration department, Elisa Della Piana, is retiring and so there was a big party with lots of alumni and staff. It was a great little reunion and it was so great to see everyone again. I really loved my school and I’m so happy I’m so close so that I occasionally run into my old teachers or go to a senior show or an event such as todays.

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Last few days have been spent updating ‘Ye Ole Mailing List’ and experimenting on some painting techniques.
This is an amazing site to help clean up mailing lists and keep up with changes in the industry: http://www.underdown.org/chchange.htm
StarGirl SketchI have been working on a larger piece over the past week where I’m just letting myself make a mess with mixed media. I haven’t posted the sketch because I didn’t want it to be about the ‘start to finish’ but rather just an exercise to let myself go. There are some pretty interesting things happening in it and I can’t wait to start applying them to my future work. It’s hard to let yourself go isn’t it!? When you’re in school you have all your classes to set aside time to experiment and allow room for growth through trial and error.
I may take a break from the large piece and work on a little spot.

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Beginner…
Unicorn playing Tetris

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Finish

girl hugging dogI decided to simplify her smile in the finished painting. It was looking like she was giving her new friend a smooch and that wouldn’t be very hygienic… considering they just met.

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