Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Finals from last semester

Here are some finals i finished from last semester. One was supposed to be a surrealist painting, inspired by Fuseli's "The Nightmare" (go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Nightmare to find out more). The woman on the bed is not the best she could be, had I reference of any sort for her It would have porbably looked a lot better. I don't think I managed my time very well for this particular piece, I should have at least used some sort of reference for her. But, this was one of my favorite paintings I've done. It took me many sketches to get to it, perhaps I will post those sketches some other time. For this one I did a rudimentary underpainting using oils and liquin; the under-painting was of the basic shapes of the characters and objects. It was finished with a thicker application of oils, but I have too keep in mind that perharps liquin should NOT be used under thicker coatings of oil, it might cause cracking in the future

The other painting was supposed to focus on the play of light and shadow. This particular piece took a long time, as I had to take my own pictures of my references. I did a grisaille for it (a finished b&w under-painting) to help with my values since it tend to lose them when I paint. The second painting pretty much took all semester from conception to completion. Again, I used oils and 3 mediums to complete, two ofwhich were created in class using bought supplies.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Monday, May 3, 2010


Another dan vasquez smash hit! My digital painting class's project. The background definitely needs more work, but this piece is done. I shall touch it no more
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Wednesday, March 31, 2010




These were some of the distortion projects I did for one of my classes last semester. I really do love distorting the faces of models and fellow students. Ah, but the last one, with the crystals, was my independent project for the same class. It was pretty free in terms of subject and media, but it was based on J.G. Ballard's "The Crystal World", a novel about a jungle in deep Africa slowly crystallizing, turning any object, thing, person, or plant into a beautiful display of jeweled facets and lattices.
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This is the actually Dune desert scene finished. i realize now that I poseted the older version. I like the contrast better in this one, you can really feel the jagged, harshness of the Arrakis landscape.

Which brings me over to the next image, which is the actual project I had to hand in. It was a four-page brochure based arounda theme. My theme was drawing concepts for Frank Herbert's Dune, a great sci-fi novel (I love it, but it can be pretty cheesey at times). I decided to do two illustrations, with two concept sketches. sadly, the latter illustration, while a scene from the story, lacks in style or completion the first illustration has. But it was a defintely fun project, glad i went with it.

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Monday, March 29, 2010


This was one of my favorite projects from last semester. I see some small errors now, but i was incredibly proud of what i used in this project. I had a basic illustration in Photoshop, imported it, the used the pen tool, gradient mesh, layer opacity, the works. Really loved the end result
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By the time i got to this one, I was rushing to complete it. It's the weakest of the three spreads I feel, but defintely one of my favorites. There's a lof of detalis to the robot I'm not sure show too much in this image. Again, there are problems with the edges of shadows and highlights.
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This was my two page spread. All these illustrations were done using Adobe Illustrator. Not too sure how I feel for the end product, but I'm still pretty proud of it. There are some little problems here and there, mostly with the edges of shadows and higlights
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spread 3


This was a project I did for school last semester, in my Book Illustration class. The story was about a farmer and some pesky rabbits, though I took some liberties with the story. Overall I quite enjoyed this project, and may consider book illustrationas a career option.
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