Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Living in Los Angeles you are surrounded by freeways, and interchanges. Some of them are incredible, with what seems like hundreds of legs supporting the roads. If you look at the legs in this painting, they are actually quite complex shapes, and its interesting how they resolved the main leg and how it terminates at the top.
I like the accelerated forms here, they lead your eyes into the distance.
Monday, June 25, 2012
I'm proud to say I will be instructing at the prestigious Art Center College of Design this fall on Saturdays. The class will be Design Fundamentals 2, and will focus on avant garde ways of achieving designs, and delving into conceptual areas usually not common.
Sunday, June 24, 2012
Friday, June 22, 2012
I don't usually spend too much time on sketches. They serve one purpose, to get the basics down. If I like it, then I'll work up a tight line drawing, then a finished rendering. The initial top sketch is only 1" wide. These are pen and ink and pencil.
Saturday, June 9, 2012
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
The Old Tree: Here is another of my painful paintings. I seem to be drawn to complex images, the complexity here being the bark. So much subtlety in the color, and so many shapes. Also the mini twigs were endless, but I am happy with the result. This was 4' in width.
The Field: Here, again, was painful. All the plowings in perspective and then the little shrubberies. Hours of leaf painting. But again, I am happy with the result. Its all good practice and working in many different mediums teaches you a lot as an artist. This was 3' in width.
This was a painting I did by looking at a photo I took in the Valley of fire in Nevada, an incredible place. Its good to practice using photos now and then as strict guides so that you can 'adjust' your memory to how light and atmosphere interacts with certain elements. With a lot of my paintings I usually try to paint using difficult, detailed subject matter under bright, sunny, severe lighting conditions. That way nothing is hidden, everything needs to be touched and the hope is that what you are recording with your eyes in these conditions can be remembered for other, less harsher images. Color matching can be very hard, and this can really teach you a lot, by looking, and matching. When I started this I underestimated the time needed to render each bush, and by the time I was done it was a great relief.
Monday, June 4, 2012
This is a huge banner that will be flying above the Visual Effects society entrance to their conferences this year. I am honored that Newtek, the company that makes Lightwave 3D which is the software I use has used part of my image CREN for the banner from my book PLACES, which you can purchase by clicking on the left link.
Sunday, June 3, 2012
This was the first project I Production Designed. I was hired by ILM to design a series of 3 commercials that grew to about 8. The scope was massive and utilized all ILM had in terms of visual and practical effects. We used matte paintings, miniatures, CG, live action....you name it, it was there. Unfortunately since 911 the money for these kinds of spots are few and far between. The line drawings here I did as matte painting designs that would be handed to the matte painters who would paint a photorealistic rendition of these images. It was all a lot of fun.