Sunday, October 22, 2006



Well, the painting is finally pretty well done! (the color of the door seems a little bright, i may fix that... now im just not sure what to do with myself... think i'll fry a couple hudred more brain cells watching tv.

Friday, October 20, 2006

don't FIB to FBI

well i guess i'm pretty much done with this now... had to add a body to complete the figure.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Ice Pie

Here are some rough ideas for a graphic i'm working on--

the original line drawing:

colored in photoshop:
just the hand as a b&w treatment:
and just for fun, a bas relief filtered version:
so, in the immortal words of that cultural giant of modern verbosity, Homestar Runner, "hey, guys, ha-whatcha teekanbout?"

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Crows Feat

Still workin' on it, but I'm taking another break to draw a graphic logo for a friend's youth group.

Why, you ask, is it taking me so long to paint such a simple (...and small) picture?

Because where most painters have oodles and oodles of tubes and cakes and tubs and buckets and bottles of paint, with every color of the rainbow and the dirt, I have only 5 colors: black, white, red, blue, and yellow. Therefore, before I can put brush to paper (or canvas, linen, wood, tile, etc.) I have to mix up the colors I want first. And since I have a very small pallet, I usually only mix enough colors for a couples areas of the painting at a time; Usually, I pick an object, find the right color (this is kind of like playing with mud sometimes- add water, stir, add more dirt, trying to find the perfect blend) then break it off into several dishes to lighten, darken, or mix with another color for highlights, shadows, and reflections.

So in between sessions, I stare at the thing for a while trying to decide where to go next and how I want to approach an area of the painting.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Rug-schadt Ink blots

I have taken a break from my painting, and thought my 2 readers might like to as well, so here is a sketch I did this evening. sometimes, just looking at random patterns can inspire unique drawings. We used to have a stucco wall, and I would stair at it for hours, finding interesting faces and animals in the patters on the plaster smudges. In my basement room (before I repainted it) the floor was painted brown, but half the paint had flaked off, revealing all sorts of interesting patterns. Tonight I was staring at the rug in the living room and saw a couple of odd faces,
and I just had to capture them on paper. I took the most interesting one and developed it into a complete figure.

kinda fun, I thought.