Comic #2: Moe Skeeto


Went through old pictures and found this one from my Creating Short Comics class that I never posted!! I just realized I only posted one other comic from this class…I should really try and find them so I can share them.

Anyway, this was my favorite creation from that class a year ago…Moe Skeeto. 

For the assignment, we were each handed a random Garbage Pail Kid card and told to make a comic out of it. I got Moe Skeeto. It’s funny, most everyone’s in that class turned out really grotesque or horrifying…just as GPK would want, I think…

Fun With Blots! – Art Project

This weeks project: Ink and paint blots on yupo paper!

In addition, we must apply “automatic drawing” to the piece…which is drawing without putting any planning or thinking into it. Also, yupo paper is this kind of really smooth, semi-transparent paper that ink and paint had a hard time sticking to, so it ends up spreading and blotting in interesting ways.

My method of the “automatic” part was “have at thee, paper!” and I just kind of went crazy without thinking about anything except attacking the paper.IMG_0159

This plastic thing is what I used to blot the ink and paint onto my paper. I forget what it was called…but the way this blue acrylic paint blots is super awesome!

This is a picture is sort of what I have so far: IMG_0152

The light in the room was evidently too much for my camera! But actually there are a couple more blue areas than in this picture, and I can’t find the most recent one I took of the whole thing! But oh well! We have one more day to work on this piece. I think that I might actually be finished with it. If I add more, it will just be too much!

I started with that yellow-ish brown ink. When I picked up the bottle it was in, the liquid inside was obvious to my eyes a green color, and on the outside of the bottle the color said “tangerine” with an orange background…I had no idea what was going on in that bottle, so it seemed like the perfect color to start with, and viola! it came out a poopy yellow color! I like it though, because it reminds me of the stalagmites/stalactites inside of old caves.

The poo colored ink did some really cool things! In some spots it branched out like a tree branch, and in others it made stripes like a tiger, and then in other spots it stayed thick and looks like paper that was burnt by fire.

Next thing I did, was throw glitter at the piece. When the Prof. was introducing the project, she said that she had a bottle of glitter that no one ever wants to use. So I decided to brave the unknown and went for the gold and silver glitter. I just threw it on and it stuck to the wet ink.

Then I applied the blue acrylic paint, which I did not throw glitter at. When that dried, I did some automatic painting with black and white ink and a bamboo brush, and threw some more glitter at some of the black ink.

Finally, I turned the yupo paper over and did the same “tangerine” color on the back, because I knew it would be seen through the paper in an interesting way.

Oh yeah, and I also splashed some watered-down terracotta ink at it…just kinda waved my bamboo brush at it a little…it just felt like it needed more color to it…which I suppose means I planned at least a tiny bit on this piece.

A neat thing! Where there is no paint or ink or glitter, light shines through the yupo paper like stained glass and gives the background an interesting look to it with the ink that is underneath! Photo #2 below shows it the best!

Prof. said that my piece looks like some cavemen threw a party…

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My Workspace

I also feel I should add that I did not really take this project seriously…I just kind of “wung it” which it probably why I already feel finished with it. Letting loose with colors and glitter and such is fun, but it also kind of just feels like a waste of time in the realm of me wanting to get better at drawing…BUT it can also be a nice way to meditate! 😀

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Evolution of Sorceress

My last drawing assignment was to create a new piece that spoke to the figure, based on or inspired by one of the sketches/pieces I created during our figure drawing sessions. Here is the evolution of the finale!

The inspired piece

The inspired sketch(s)

Sketch of Sorceress

Sketch of Sorceress

Colored Rough Draft

Colored Rough Draft

Copy RD onto Big Paper

Copy RD onto Big Paper

Pencil Outline of Finale

Pencil Outline of Finale

Halfway Colored/Detailed

Halfway Colored/Detailed

Finished

Finished

Pose changed. Her first pose was too straight up and down and I wanted to balance it out (as per suggestion of Prof.). Think this pose is awesomer, if less sexy.

Changed rocky thing she was standing on to a lightening blast. Wanted to add more movement, and earth does not move. Want it to look fluid and powerful at the same time. Lightening from playing too much Diablo as a Wizard, probably. Fire probably would have looked cool too. Lightening matches color scheme, however.

Still not finished (in my mind). Blue of lightening needs to be prettier, and needs more than just blue…like green and red…but want to stay within color scheme and not make background too heavy. Green might clash. Red would look good (I think) with pink.

This finished piece is what I hung up on wall in class for critique. Most finished pieces were crazy abstract, but few of us did illustration-esque style. Prof. asked me “are you inspired by comic books?” I said “Yes,” because more or less truth, but didn’t want to go all deep and profound about it like everyone else was trying to do…I want to be comic book artist, so naturally my style is going to be comic book…Prof. made it sound like was trying to mimic the style or something. Did not like that.

I actually got idea for a series of similar projects. Might do if not too lazy. Or if not burdened by creative writing poop.

Figure Drawing Day 2: Nude!

Nude figure drawing with one lady posing. We were still being adventurous and experimental this session, especially when we were told to make the figure look distorted during the warm-ups. I think a lot of good pieces came out of this one toward the end! I am liking the bamboo brush, but I definitely am not very precise with it yet.

30sec Figure Sketches Charcoal

30sec Figure Sketches Charcoal

1min Figure Drawings: Brown Ink

1min Figure Drawings: Brown Ink

1min Figure Drawings: Brown Ink

1min Figure Drawings: Brown Ink

1min Distorted Figure Drawings: Charcoal. (aka Sorceress)

1min Distorted Figure Drawings: Charcoal. (aka Sorceress)

5min Figure Drawing: Ink

5min Figure Drawing: Ink

5min Figure Drawing: Ink

5min Figure Drawing: Ink

I really like how half of my women turn out all sassy looking. I tried to sketch the last ones with contour lines, but I SUCK!

The distorted charcoal sketches I call “Sorceress” because shes all wobbly and has a staff.

The final pieces! I like how they turned out, but all of them are also boring in their own way.

10min Figure Drawing: Charcoal

10min Figure Drawing: Charcoal

10min Figure Drawing: Ink on Pastel

10min Figure Drawing: Ink on Pastel

The second one is my favorite. Even though its the most simple…I think it might because of those perky boobies.

10min Figure Drawing: Brown Ink on Pastel

10min Figure Drawing: Brown Ink on Pastel

20min Figure Drawing: Purple Sharpie on Ink wash

20min Figure Drawing: Purple Sharpie on Ink wash

The lower one, where she is lounging, I am SO PROUD of those hands!!! But little else.

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Figure Drawing Day 1

This week on Drawing Concepts Class!: Figure Drawing

Tuesday started the figure drawing week (a week in art class is two days! 😀 ). We are allowed to experiment with any media we want, but force ourselves to be adventurous and not hold ourselves back. We have to try and find what style and method we like and is unique to us. We were encouraged to draw the figure disproportionally, mix our mediums, and either scale it large so the figure is going off the sides, or draw a whole bunch on one page.

This session was a clothed male model. He also brought a katana and a bo staff with him! First we did a bunch of 30 second warm-ups with charcoal, and then some 1 minute poses. I forgot to take pictures of the quick ones, but I have everything past the 5min ones.

I mostly decided to work with sharpie markers, because I already know that ink is what I am into, especially illustrative style. I wanted to see if I could use it as good with a figure drawing as I am just drawing with it.

5 Minute Figure Sketches:

Ponder

5min sketches: Charcoal

5min Sketch: Colored Sharpie

5min Sketch: Colored Sharpie

In addition to regular figure drawing, we also had a short session of blind contour figure drawing too. This is where you aren’t supposed to look at your paper, at all, and just stare at the figure as you draw it blindly without lifting the pen/pencil from the paper. The Prof. says that doing this really forces us to look at every detail. I guess it did do that, but it was difficult. Plus I kept getting lost at where I was in the drawing and messing it up. On the bright side, what came out from my red sharpie was pretty cool. I admit I peeked a little on the top two figures, but I got caught and Prof. turned my easel in a way that I could not look at my paper as I drew, even if I tried. Ahah.

Kungfu Fight

Blind Contour Figure Sketches: Red and Blue Sharpie

It looks like a crazy kung-fu fight scene! After the actual session, we were allowed to go in and spruce it up, which is where the blue comes in. I drew in the weapons and gave them movement lines.

10 Minute Headless Figure Sketches:
Not sure what else to call it, but we simply had to zoom in on the torso and focus on the middle parts of the body, rather than the head and legs…

Torso Sketch: Colored Pencil

Torso Sketch: Prismacolor Colored Pencil

Torso Sketch: Colored Sharpie

Torso Sketch: Colored Sharpie

Finally, the 20 minute figure sketch:
This one we could arrange it how we wanted, but make it big enough to fill the whole page, at least. We could also use our choice of medium, rather than further experiment, in so creating something more legitimately our own style. After class, the model said it was exactly what he wished to be doing.

20 Minute Figure Sketch: Colored Sharpie and Prismacolor Colored Pencils

20 Minute Figure Sketch: Colored Sharpie and Prismacolor Colored Pencils

Aside

Daisy / Secret

 

Daisy – January 10, 2015
conceit poem

Fuzzy yolk emerges
from the cold
to peek out at the world.
Delicate eye
staring up at the sun.
Swaying in the breeze,
dancing in the beams.
Soft tender cheeks,
and thin, slender fingers,
touching the air
and the blades around it.
Smell of peace
and plucked for love.

~

Secret – January 26, 2015
freebie poem

Giggles
Smirks
Sideways glances
I don’t care,
wish I didn’t care.
The allure
of mystery
of scandal
it’s too much.
What is that twinkle
in your eye?
A secret
Whose?
Mine?
What have they been saying?
What are you hiding
behind those teeth of yours?

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Modern Scholar Texture Project

This assignment was…bluh.

I do like how the texture of the floor and the book came out, however. The Prof. called it a ‘Texture Project’ but I think it was more like a ‘Render Project’ but I suppose those are the same thing…the background is chalk pastel, and the objects and textures on the floor are Prismacolor soft colored pencils.

WP_20150122_003 2The purpose of the project was to render a space on the floor as PERFECT and real looking at possible. It was really difficult. The floor of our classroom, it looks grey at a glance, but once you sit down and try to mimic that color with chalk pastels, it had blue and yellow and faint details everywhere. Same with that reddish smudge, and the sky of the book I redrew. We had to bring 3-5 impersonal, but meaningful, objects to class and place them on the section of floor we taped off. The objects had to tell a story, or relate to each other, and also relate to the modern world. I had forgotten to look for anything to bring, so I just used whatever was in my backpack. I think I compensated pretty well though. I would have brought a computer keyboard to have coming off the edge and a Kindle or Tablet instead of my broken SmartPhone to further resemble the ‘Modern Scholar’ idea, but alas…

We had three in-class days to work on this, Tuesday, Thursday, and the next Tuesday and the class is three hours long. Plus the classroom is open to art students 24/6. So I had PLENTY of time to make this perfect. But, the day before the project started, my grandmother passed away. Trying to sit down and focus on this difficult task with the grief was extremely uncomfortable. I just couldn’t focus on doing it how I wanted. Everyday I wanted to get out of there as soon as possible and there were too many moments where I was just sitting there starring at the floor with pastels in my hand. UGH. Even writing this blog while thinking about all that is difficult.

I am glad it at least came out decently, despite me rushing to finish those two notebooks in the corner. I kept the borders of the page all fringed looking on purpose because I thought it looked nice and went well with the ‘scholar’ theme, but apparently no one else saw that. We had a critique of our work and I didn’t mention I was grief-wracked..Eh. I just nodded silently when people were telling me what was wrong with it and how I could fix it. I KNOW IT ALL ALREADY! BLEH!! I realize the notebooks are horribly rendered, and the chalk pastel kind of smudged over and the shadows need to be more shadowy, but BLEEEH! Whatever…