A little something fun.
I drew the guy on the left when I was 13. I was super proud of that drawing at one point, but time has not been kind to him. I doodled a redraw as a sort of warmup for the start of the new semester.
Beneath the strange light of lamp posts in the still summer evening.
My final for Figure II was make an “alter ego” self-portrait.
I’m pretty self-contained and reserved, especially in public. So I figured my alter ego would be something a little more animalistic. The antlers coming out of my eyes are supposed to allude to cave drawings of shamanic figures, who used stag horns as symbols of power.
I’m pretty proud of the technical aspect of this drawing (even though it’s nowhere near perfect), but feel that I really could have pushed it more in terms of concept and composition.
The Woodcutter’s Discovery
Unearthing somber things in the evening woods.
Another gouache painting. I’m starting to become more and more comfortable with this process, and I’m really liking the results. Still working on effectively blending colors, however. You can see how I struggled a little bit with that, especially on the Woodcutter’s arms.
I’m also learning a lot about color theory with this technique, which is cool.
Fear and doubt are overridden by the novelty of the experience.
This is one of the largest gouache illustrations I’ve ever made (about 10” x 14”), and I feel good having completed it.
It started out as a much smaller painting and sat half finished in my portfolio for about two years before I finally got the idea to revitalize it. Originally, like much of my older paintings, everything was outlined in black ink and then I used gouache like watercolor over top. It looked muddy and old. I definitely like using the paint like this, in a much more opaque way. The images are softer.
I was partly inspired by the illustrations in geology textbooks for this one.