Friday, December 28, 2012


I turned one of my sketches into a digital painting. The first time I tried, Corel Painter crashed and I lost 3-4 hours of work. I hate that! I suppose it was a good thing too because it made me remember to save, save, SAVE. I realized that I had not saved it even once during those 4 hours! I just thought of the first run as practice ;) Another thing to remember when digital painting, set the resolution BEFORE you get 95% of the way done with your piece. I will do better next time!

Here's the finished piece: 

I entered this piece into the Clubs Show that goes on next week. Excited to see what goes up! 

The Three Bears

I may come back to this piece and change the bear since I was told it looks like a rodent of unusual size by my professor. But for now, I'll post what I've got. This was for an assignment termed "The Three Bears", open to interpretation.

This was my interpretation:

Is this perhaps Goldilocks, who came back to seek revenge? 

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Stories and Sketches

Well, I finally feel like the semester is over. I spent a wonderful Christmas with my family and now I'm wondering if I really want to go through another full time semester! I'm thinking that taking my load down to two classes might be a good plan, just to give me some extra time to work on projects that would be more interesting to me. I'd love to illustrate a children's book!

For Christmas I wrote a story for my little brother and sister and made them little clay figurines of the characters. These characters are well known to them since I've been telling them stories about the same little kids for about three years now. The stories consist of a little girl named Lisa, who actually tells each story from her first person point of view. And then there is her friend Anna, and Anna's little brother Charlie. Charlie is really the main character since he is one clever and witty four year old! He knows about more than one hundred secret passageways all over the neighborhood and beyond. This makes it easy for him to outwit any bully or villain. He also has a pet monkey named Mokee, who is a sucker for marshmallows.

I didn't realize after the first time I told my little siblings one of these stories how often they would beg to hear another "Four years old story", as they call it. But over the years I've probably told over a hundred stories about Charlie! They never get old, for my siblings at least ;)

Here is a couple of sketches I'm thinking about turning into digital paintings: 

I did this one during church...  If I turn it into a painting, I will be taking a little more time to get the anatomy right!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Practice Portrait Paintings

Here are some 2 and 3 hour head paintings. These are a few of about 60 done over the course of the semester as practice.  

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Red Shadows

I took a History of Illustration class this last semester. Tough class, but also one of the most rewarding. I learned more about technique, form and skill in that class than I did in many of my hands on classes. It was amazing to go through hundreds of artists and be able to learn about their process and then incorporate a thousand years worth of different techniques into my own work. What an advantage we have to have that documentation!
One artist specifically, David Grove, impressed me. He had so many different techniques he used, and his work was especially striking compared to other illustrators. In some of his pieces he would use straight color in the shadows, rather than darks. I decided to do a little experiment of my own very quickly, using that same technique.

Two hour digital painting:

Now to go create some more...

Wednesday, November 28, 2012


I got a piece into touchstones magazine at UVU I thought I would share. This piece is called "Faith", which is the name of my little sister of whom is also the subject. My process started with thin washes of various colors of acrylic paint. The colors I used were more transparent than normal acrylics, so they didn't have a chalky feel at all. Once the washes were dry, I then used a couple of different dry filbert brushes, dipped them in white paint and dabbed splotches all over the canvas. I waited for this to dry and then did some more (very thin) transparent washes over those white splotches. This darkened the areas around the white paint, and glazed the white with bright color. Once all of this was dry, I then proceeded to paint the portrait in oil paint.

I got the idea of glazing over dry white paint from Greg Olsen, the well known religious artist. I went to his studio once and had the opportunity to speak with him about his technique. While I think some of his work is slightly kitschy, he has a beautiful way with soft light and the glow around his figures. I was looking at one of his pieces which was located in the downstairs of his studio, along with 15-20 other large pieces that had not been sold, and noticed the strong reflected light under the subject's chin. It was such an intense orange that it seemed to glow. Staring at it for sometime, I pulled Greg aside and asked him how he got that wonderful reflective light and the bright glow around Christ in his other paintings, because I knew from experience that color could not be mixed, nor laid down with that intensity on the canvas. He revealed to me that first he lays down a layer of opaque white and waits for that to dry completely (this part is very important). Then he glazes over the white with the colors he wants to achieve. This creates a bright and rich color that could not be mixed with white and that color.

Monday, November 26, 2012

AVC New York Trip

I really wanted to document my trip to New York City this spring. So I'm going to do it now, and add some of the pictures I took.
We stayed at Comfort Inn, up the street from Times Square.

 My food the first day at Bubba Gumps. Best veggie patty I've ever had! It was made out of mushrooms.

I went to see Phantom of the Opera-- Beautiful story.

This was inside a cathedral we stopped at.

Monet. This room was filled with people stopping for a breath after rooms and rooms of cubism (with all the sharp edges and bright colors). This was an affirmation to me of the power of emotions that are emanated through art.

I don't think there is a single building in Utah with a sign like this:
...Quite the odd number.

Had to throw this picture in. I thought it was remarkably interesting that this woman was ALL matching. It was like she knew that the disposable paper bag she'd be taking home from the MoMA's gift shop would match the outfit she chose this morning, right down to the tights.

New York Academy of Art. Loved it, considered going there. Tuition is $57,000 and their elevator is what I would call dangerous and unlawful...

A beautiful carrot rose came with my plate of chicken in the small chinese restaurant we stopped at.

This just makes me wish Utah had more doors like this.

 Twin Towers reconstruction:

 Beautiful cathedral.

Sheila Goloborotko's studio:

Feeding squirrels in central park.

Eating lunch on the steps in front of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

This painting really hit me... the textures were so beautiful.

I took this picture waiting in line to see the memorial of 9/11.

Museum of Natural history.

More of Central Park:

My only subway picture.

Yeah, and this isn't even the top floor!

The Guggenheim.

I wasn't supposed to take pictures inside...

But the sculptures were... so weird! This one was by far my favorite.

And the architecture was better than all the art combined!

This is the only picture I have of the Frick museum. If you ever have a chance to go there, do it. They have an amazing collection of art, including Rembrandts, Turners and Goya's.

And the last little italian cafe we stopped into.

It was an incredible experience. I went with a wonderful group and had some of the best experiences of my life!