Monday, December 20, 2010

oh no, Sara rambles about paint

9x12. Oil on canvas board. Took about 3 hours. I don't know why the model ended up looking like David Bowie and Tim Curry's fictitious child, he just did. I want to eventually go back in the future and paint over some of this/refine it and whatnot.

12x9. Oil on canvas board. About 3 hours total. The parsnip is probably my favorite part in all of this.

As one can see from the level of quality in the oils compared to the other mediums I use, I am still kind of new to oils but I really dig them. I have a habit of mixing my colors right on the canvas to blend, which is really bad for other paints, but awesome for oils since they take so long to dry. I can't bring my oils home from school over the winter break, but I have the ever awesome gouache stashed away in my suitcase at the moment and I plan on making full use of it, if not just to continue practicing color before my painting class in the spring (which is going to be oil based).

Over all though, after trying a good variety of paints over the semester, I have to say the oils and the gouache are probably my favorites. They both have the most flexibility for me in terms of how I can mix my colors and how I apply my paint. Watercolor is pretty nice too, but even with a hair dryer I am too impatient to go back in and layer colors and values. I can get like this with oils as well, to be fair, but at least the colors dry like how I place them down instead of lighter (like watercolors). With gouache, I can get the best of both worlds--light washy layers with quick drying and colors that don't warp as they dry. Fabulous!

Thursday, December 16, 2010


Watercolor on arches paper is so lovely, I've decided, especially when I get to layer the paint over one of my pencil sketches.

I also love gouache. This observational study above probably took about 2-3 hours. It's not my most favorite work in terms of anatomy/accuracy and all that jazz, but I did enjoy the colors and gouache is growing to be one of my favorite mediums this semester. It's so flexible to work with on arches paper!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Character WIP Excerpts

I dug these up the other day while I was going through my artwork from the semester at school and I thought I'd share them on my blog here. This is the process I went through to create the three characters for my independent project for my Fashion and Body Adornment class at AIB this semester, which was a study in arms and armor.

These are just a couple of the pages (from out of about 10-15) I had from reference material I drew using photo reference and historical reference:

At that point, I wasn't worried about rendering or detail. I just wanted to focus on the shapes that the armor created as they are manipulated to fit around the different sections of the body.

The next step was to create silhouettes for the characters. First, I generated silhouettes from the different armor types I found, however I soon discovered that I could pull characters based on the different shapes I had created. I know as someone who wants to design characters, that shape plays a big role in defining a character, but I guess it had never clicked with me before this project.

The above character silhouettes are for the female character, I created, Rebecca (which you can view here and here on the blog). I made a separate page of silhouettes for each character, obviously.

The last step before I created the final character design was to do a mock-up sketch of a front, side and back view, such as this:

And for posterity's sake, I am reposting the final version of Rebecca so that this cycle is complete:

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Too many characters

That's it. After this semester I am going on an environment painting/drawing spree. TOO MANY CHARACTERS! That's what I get for taking a Fashion Design class this semester I guess, and at least the final project for that class is pretty much done.