Monday, December 14, 2009

Still life of cup and candle

This is the 2nd still life I did in class this year. It is done in oil on canvas. I really like some of the details in this piece. The object to the left is the bottom of an interesting lamp.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Rustic still life

Here is the 3rd still life I did in class this semester. I haven't posted the second one yet, but that will happen soon. I still need to work on it, so consider this the before picture. I painted this in oil on a canvas panel. It is a random compilation of object my class set up, but they work well together. I had the hardest time with the goblet with painting a correct eclipse in perspective. Despite the difficulty, I really enjoyed painting the bottle. Since I have started art, I have been doing better at them.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

3 bottles and a bust

Here is my first still life of the semester. It is done with oil paint on canvas. I spent about 3 class periods on it and I learned a lot about how to make a composition as well as how to paint glass. It is more difficult than it should be.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

figure study

I did this figure study in oil paint in class for Illustration 2 with the help of my professor Brother Barrett. I learned a lot about how to paint flesh tones and not make the figure look "chalky" (adding too much white paint). I learned that you need to paint more from a designer view point rather than just copying what you see. It is not as easy as you would think. You have to paint the figure in reds and yellows as well as other colors you normally would not see by just copying.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Basic color studies

In my illustration class we were learning more about color and how it reflects in its environment. This is an oil painting of an orange with different color walls and floor to observe how light and color interact on each other. I found that the most interesting interaction is on the right side of the orange, the red wall is throwing color into the orange creating a mixed color.

I made this box box out of another box to make it the perfect size. Then I put it in the colorful setting to further my understanding of how light and color interact with my box. It was fun to see that the red is reflected up into the bottom of the box and the yellow is on the side and top of the white of the box. When I started this project I thought it was going to be easy since the object is angular, but in reality that was the toughest part for me, was correcting my perspective of the box in a real space.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Illustration/ still lifes

This assignment was a simple still life for my illustration class. It had to be one color (monochromatic) and in oil paint. The point of the still life was to continue learning how to use the medium of oil and paint realistically.

This was my first monochromatic still life this semester and for the assignment we were required to have 2 fruit and a mug. I spent a long time trying to get get the values correct, and push my darks. I have a habit of wanting to make everything light, but I do my best to push my range of values in a piece.
Both of these where done at the beginning of September.

Monday, October 5, 2009

figure drawing

Here are a few of my favorite life figure drawings I did earlier this year. All of these are from life (drawings done in a studio) in graphite and the time spent on them is about 6 hours for each one. I have chosen 4 out of many drawings I did this past winter semester and I will be posting more later.

Friday, October 2, 2009


Black and White still life done in gouache. This was one of my first assignments of the semester. The painting was to portray the joy of a childhood Christmas. It was difficult to do, because our limitation was to only use black and white paint and the best way to show the mood of joy is in color.

I absolutely love this one of Mary had a little lamb in Peru. I did lots of research on clothing and environments in Peru. I wanted to show the scene where the children laughed an played. It was a different take because most of the rhythm illustrations are Mary walking to school with a lamb tagging close behind.

This is one of my favorite still lives I did this past year because I designed it using triangles. This assignment was to illustrate nutrition in gouache. I really wanted to do good nutrition because I think it looks more aesthetically pleasing than hamburgers and milkshakes.

This is a book cover for Narcissus and Echo. I had the opportunity to have my friends model for me and I was able to get photo reference for this piece. I used the triangle composition for this intimate setting tto make it more dynamic.

Here is an illustration for an editorial piece on severe anxiety. I wanted to show that this man stuck himself in a hole to avoid social contact with coworkers and also to show that he has the ability to climb out of his hole. This piece I wanted to paint in a graphic style because I enjoy looking at graphic illustration for editorial pieces.

All of these are done in gouache paint and on illustration board.

Thursday, October 1, 2009


I have decided to take up blogging mainly to display my art work. I hope that you all enjoy!