Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Painted on Wood Caricature portraits!

"4 x 6" Acrylic on Wood.

This week I finished a somewhat artistic experiment. The I love about art and creativity is that you're always finding new ways of doing things, new mediums to test and experiment with. Last week I was at Michael's just lookin' around and I saw these wooden blocks, some were very large and some were very small. I immediately saw them as blank canvases.

Original sketchbook sketch
Color Studies

So a painted on wood caricature seemed fitting. Here's the final and some color studies. Since this was an entirely new venture for me, I struggled alot with getting the paint opaque. It worked after several passes...a fellow artist recommended I prime the wood first instead of just painting directly on it. Total time spent on this: approx 4 hours. and lots of frustration. But I'm very happy how it came out. I'm going to glaze it as well, to protect the paint from chipping, I'll post that as soon as I do it.

CTN Expo and Ghandi

So I went to the CTN Animation Expo in Burbank this past weekend and it was a jolly good time. I drove to Huntington Beach to visit my best friend and brother and stayed the night, then drove up to Burbank the next morning. I was a half hour early.....I never have been to an expo or convention before so I wanted to familiarize myself with the map and where all the speakers and vendors were going to be.

I didn't really know what to expect or how to go about it. I think I went with the intention of getting inspired and talking with the studios and meeting and greeting old faces. I saw some of my CalArts alumni there and former teachers too. It was a cool reunion. Also saw some of my favorite artists like Pascal Campion, Brittney Lee, Cheeks, and lots of new ones too. There were many talented artists.

I talked to several studios like Disney and Titmouse and asked about job opportunities......I came away with the objective that I have to learn Flash....and 3d....if I want to be versatile, which I understand.

Who's drawing is this?
Well Stefan Bucher of course!
Artist business cards. My favorite is the Green Peas by Joe Moshier.
Studio flyers and some other helpful goodies.
Jesse, fellow animator, making magical strokes on the pegless disc.
Towards the end of the Expo the Animation Table they had setup where animation icons Eric Goldberg and Tony Bancroft sat and drew for people, was unoccupied so my friend Jesse and I wasted no time to doodle on this desk that probably is a *pain* to move around

There were also companies like Wacom(makers of pen tablets and Cintiqs), Digicel(2d animation software company), some CG and FX companies and Don Bluth.

So, you wondering about what Ghandi has to do with the Expo?

Well, Wacom had (drawing tablets where you draw directly on the screen) a drawing contest... you had to draw something on a Cintiq there on the spot and submit it, and the winners get a free copy of Corel Painter 11!!   I know I wanted to draw a caricature, and I had drawn Ghandi two days what the hay, I drew Ghandi for the contest. At the end of the day, I had my free copy of Corel Painter 11! Woot! Thank you Ghandi!!

I definitely want to go again next year, and other similar's a great time to network and see familiar faces and see great work.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Fall Festival Caricatures

This event was lotso fun. Everyone there was super cool and groovy, and loved their drawings. Aside from free candy, this was one of the best experiences I've had drawing caricatures and also the hardest I've worked in one. I kid you not I drew for 5-6 hours straight, with at least 5 minutes inbetween gaps to stretch or take a brisk walk....I've never drawn that long before, I knew that because of my cramped up arm........I think I learned alot of valuable lessons...One: charge more for color.....Two: That's pretty much all I learned XD    Here are some pics!

My humble setup.

They labeled my spot for me. Yes, I noticed XD

This kid wins best costume hands down! Indy rules!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010