20.10.13

explorations in oil painting!

Hello humans and/or centaurs!  (Gotta cover all bases, never sure whose reading!?)


A few weeks ago I finished the "Foundations of painting" course at http://synstudio.ca/ here in Montreal, taught by Heidi Taillefer.  Was a great course and I particularly enjoyed getting off the computer and learning how to illustrate with paint and pigments as opposed to pixels in RGB.  It's funny after using CGI so much in my life, there's so much magic in getting back to traditional techniques and forming something "real".  When I first got into CG in the late 90's, there was so much novelty to the growing world of computer art.  Now we're saturated with so much CG, the traditional stuff has become a novelty!

But there really is something that feels fundamentally mechanical about computers.  I can't put my finger on it specifically, but it's like my brain goes into problem solving mode when playing with these giant calculators.  Tradition materials just leaves me focusing so much more on the mood and emotions instead of the technical challenges involved.  Anyone else feel this?

Keep arting everybody!
-Dan

24.2.13

"Whom the god's wish to destroy...

....they give unlimited resources." -Twyla Tharp
 
Got some more gesture life drawings to share!  I'm really enjoying these sessions- so much fun learning how to simplify and exaggerate to create an appealing image within economic constraints.  It's interesting how a colleague was doing the gesture classes with me and commented "I'm sick of these short poses - All you do is get the form down and never get the time to be creative." - which is a totally legitimate feeling but the opposite to how I feel.  Under the constraint of limited time you don't have the luxary of getting every muscle down and getting destracted with detailing, it's up to you to decide which simple shapes and lines will best describe much more complex groups and still communicate the idea.  To me this lends itself to much playfulness to be had with shape and line.  Having the shorter timeline also pushes me to make bolder more readable design choices.  I seem to accidentally come up with some interesting styles that I've never seen myself do before too :-P.  I'm having more and more respect for stylized and cartoon work that can communicate so much with so little!So here's a couple I cleaned up and added some shading:
 


 
 
 
 
Cheers!
-Dan

5.2.13

Some gesture drawings!

Hello strange people staring at this blog!

Woah, I've been quiet for quite a while - just been enjoying Vancouver.  Working away, snow boarding, swing dancing and lots of gesture drawing :-D.  Thought I might share some of my recent gesture drawings as I'm really happy with my progress lately:
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variety of 2-3 min.

Recently I attended a live half day workshop by Louis Gonzales hosted by schoolism.com.  Was a really inspiring eye opener - I love how that guys has such a focus on the idea and what you're trying to express.  So many artists I know get so preoccupied with technique that ideas actually seemed to get forgotten.  Funny that, because a drawing is nothing but technical or decorative without ideas :-P.  One quote I've come away with from him is "Exaggeration is emphasis".  We shouldn't be exaggerating just because it's appealing or funny, it should be to draw focus and emphasize a character trait or story element.  Exaggeration is nothing without "normal" stuff around it!

Adios playas!  Keep create'n :-D
-Dan