Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Pencil Sketch and cleaned up in Photoshop.
Inks done in Illustrator.
Color in Illustrator
Final touch ups and texture in Photoshop. Good Times!
Saturday, October 6, 2012
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Sunday, March 25, 2012
So here is a project I worked on that I'm about to complete, but first some back story.
A couple of years ago my now ex-girlfriend (spoiler alert) took me to San Francisco for my birthday. We were at Fisherman's Wharf and she saw some fairy doors that she really liked and hinted to me that I should get her one. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairy_Doors_of_Ann_Arbor,_MI) Well me being the confident yet delusional individual that I am, I told her, "Babycakes, I can make you one, a better one too." Her response was, "You always say you can do this or that but never follow through." "Well this time it's different woman!," I replied. "Give me a week, and you'll have your fairy door!" My memory is a bit hazy but I think that's how it all went down. So a week came and went, then a couple months went by and still no door. Oh the shame, she was right!
Now it was two years later and I still had no door to give her. She never brought it up, because I think she was use to me not following through on something like this on my own. ( In my defense, I don't intentionally put things off or make promises I don't intend to keep.) I'm an artist what do you expect, I have creative A.D.D or hobbies of the week, or... Anyway fast forward two years and we have here a fancy Fairy Door. Mission accomplished right? Wrong!
I wanted to surprise her and have it ready for Valentines day. I had two weekends to work on it and although that may seem like plenty of time it really wasn't. First off, the hobby store where I was getting all my supplies from was 40 min. away, they close at 6:00 on the weekdays and I get out at 6:30 and they were only open on Saturday on the weekend. Below you will read the time and effort I put into this thing as well as the reactions to the late gift.
Start of with you basic doll house door. I bought two doors and combined them into one. I liked the top of one and the frame from the other so this is the end result. She likes the Victorian look so that's what I was going for.
Sand it all down and prep it for paint.
I made this from two large pieces of foam. This was the easiest but the messiest part. I started out with two separate blocks and clued them together. After that I had to seal them and make it water proof since this is going to be an outside fairy door.
Got to make sure it all matches and looks good.
Waiting for the paint to dry. This took forever because I used oil paints. Next time use acrylics, lesson learned.
Now the door. I originally wanted the fairy door to be a mini version of her house door, but her front door is a dark green and I thought it wouldn't stand out. Also Victorian era doors are normally red with a white frame.
Some assemble required:
It's Monday night before V-Day and I'm no where near done. The brick was bought as a large sheet of plastic that I had to cut. This part was frustrating because I used a jigsaw and as I cut the plastic was melting and coming together at the other end. I also ran out of bricks and there was no time to go and buy more. After the stoop seal dried I used textured spray paint to get the effect of pebbled cement. I glued it and let it set over night.
Tuesday: It's lunch time and we are suppose to meet up after work. I have time for some final details. I sanded the brick to give it a weathered look and I added the door knob and drilled in the knocker. There is still plenty that I have to work on, but times up.
I didn't get to finish it the way I wanted it to and I knew I could make it better if I had a little more time. The plan was to give this to her and consider it a work in progress. I would take it back and finish it within two weeks. I wanted to paint the bricks and add some grout. I also wanted to add a better backing since the current one warped.
Well surprise one week later we broke up and all I have to show for it is a fairy door. Was it a waste of time? No, I was very fulfilling working on it and even though I'm not done with it I'm happy with how it turned out. Only thing is now I don't know what to do with the darn thing.
Here are my options.
1. I could finish it and send it to her since it was a gift and a promise to her, but just looking at it pisses me off, and it feels like a waste to work on something that will be given to someone that doesn't appreciate it. Who knows what she'll do with it if I send it to her anyway. She might get the package and upon seeing it, just hammer it into pieces ;)
2. I could finish it and sell it, but this thing cost me a lot of time and over $100 to make. I would have to sell it at a loss. nope!
3. I could not finish it and just use it as a door stop or a book end, but then I'll have that constant reminder of a not incomplete fairy door. That and I'll be known as that weirdo that likes fairy doors. LOL.
4. Lastly I could finish it go to Las Vegas and purchase an M-80 and blow it to kingdom come. I could film it and post it on youtube as a tale of caution, but that's just not my style.
Well those are my options, and your 2 cents are welcome.
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Here's the process shown of a painting of a old style door. I painted it on a 6' x 4' canvas to hang in front of a window. The canvas was originally intended to cover my roommate's room, so the room can be darker during the day. He asked me to paint a door with fake perspective so it looks like a secret door. It took me two weekends of on and off painting to compete.
Line work and underpainting.
Work on the stone and iron rods
Monday, October 31, 2011
Well here's the other side of my work space, along with the rest of my junk.
1) Go Dodger Blue
A true Dodger fan will have a Bobble head of pitcher Fernando Valenzuela.
2) Penguins Frame.
A poster signed by the talented Penguins crew. This show is one of the funniest show on tv both animated and live action.
3) The Blood dries brown!!!
My favorite color is red, but unfortunately to keep this wall red I have to constantly add a new coat of blood. It's exhausting and I'm running out of kittens.
4) Board of inspiration.
Here's where I put all the art work that inspires me, and I also put styles that I'm aiming for.
5) tools of the trade.
All my tools that I use when working traditionally.
6) Light box for old school drawing.
7) PrismaColor Pencils and Markers
8) Drafting Table
I love this table. I've had it Since 2004.
9) The most uncomfortable chair in the world, but it's mine.
So I recently rearranged my studio with the intent of making it a better work environment. Change is good. I labeled some of the objects, so you can see what I'm into and what inspires me. Hope you dig.
1) Water Color Painting of Che.
My ex-girlfriend visited Cuba and she brought that back for me. Hands down the best gift ever! I know he is a very polarizing figure, but I believe for what he stood for; selflessness, the greater good and the cause. That might not sit well with others, but hey this is my studio.
2) My Nickelodeon Intern Certificate.
I started out as an intern in Post. Now I'm a production assistant. That studio has been very good tom me.
3) Travel Goodies
Just some nick nacks of places I've been. I love to travel and experience the wonders that this world has to offer. Life is too short not to.
4) Book, Book and more Books.
I love to get my knowledge on. First self has more travel goodies. Second and third shelves are historical and educational books, with some historical fiction.
Fourth self is for my How to books, Anatomy and reference. The bottom shelf has all my Art of Book, which is the self that gets visited the most.
6) Hey Arnold Film Canister.
Second coolest gift ever. The Post Production crew gave this to me when I moved on to Penguins. The entire crew signed it as a going away gift. I still have to get it framed.
7) Tools of the Trade.
My Wacom Tablet on top of my scanner/printer and my Mac.
I'm ashamed to say I started this maquette 2 years ago and it's still not finished. Ohhhhh the shame!!
9) Quit Procrastinating!!!
you can't see this but I see it every time I sit in front of my computer. It's and image of Batman drawn by Bruce Tim. He's pointing at me and giving me the guilt trip. Quit Procrastinating! Work on your art!!