Monday, September 23, 2013

Childrens Book Illustration

I'm taking a children's book illustration class, and I'm loving it. The class is taught by Will Terry, who has really taken the time to learn about the industry and all of the secrets above and beyond that. I'm so lucky to get all this information!

So, I'm posting my first project from thumbnail to finish, and the changes that took place along the way. There are plenty of things I would change at this point, but with two weeks to finish and a dozen other projects, you do what you can do!

First is the thumbnail, quickly blocking in shapes and value:

Second is the sketch, scanned in and then layered with a digital value painting. 

And last is the final. I'll probably be making some changes and then reposting soon. Anyways, can you tell Simon is sad because he wasn't invited to the party?

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Rachel the Radient

Early on back in high school, I used make up a name for each of my contacts on my phone. I had names like Jaden the Maiden, Merrie my Fairy, Abe the Babe, Mom da Bomb, Dad the Rad--and this is a figure painting of my sister, Rachel the Radiant. I thought it was an appropriate time to use that cleverly thought out name again.... ;)
I used oils and added a little palette knifing in the background. She patiently posed for me over a period of 2 hours or so as I took a gazillion reference photos... She's amazing. And obviously radiant! 

Friday, August 23, 2013

On the Edge of Time

He sat down, transfixed on the extensive and wondrous view before him. And his mangy but loyal pet took the place of his hat. 

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

More Sketches!

Since getting this awesome new sketchbook in NYC a few weeks ago, I have been sketching almost every day! Here are some recent sketches:

Friday, July 26, 2013

Self Portrait

This was my self portrait for my head painting class of which I loved! Great class-- it's always wonderful to paint from a live model twice a week. This was our final project.


I have a couple of paintings I finally got around to putting on my computer for the blog! Here is a landscape I did for my final for Media and Tech II. I rarely do landscapes, but when I do I enjoy them mostly in that I can put lots of interesting techniques into the piece. This one was begun with a layer of textured gesso and went from there using acrylics. The whole painting is keyed blue to give it a misty morning feeling.
This is a scene from my family's backyard behind the house I grew up in.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Society of Illustrators

I'm in NYC again! I missed a few art pieces and museums here last year and had to see them this time. I just went to the Society of Illustrators for the second time and they had the Maurice Sendak show going on (illustrator of "The Wild Things") and Henry Patrick Raleigh upstairs. Raleigh's work is incredible in person! I never could have imagined. And also the comics of Bob Fingerman.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Elegant Elena

Here's a quick sketch I did last night with some friends. Elegant Elena, who lowers her nose to no one ;) I imagine she's something like a girl I once knew, who was too gorgeous for words but hardly tolerable as a person. Of course, she grew out of it; now she's gorgeous and gregarious.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Polymer Clay

So, forget painting... I've been sculpting all summer.

Although this morning I had to scarf down my breakfast so I could get out the door to go plein air painting. So I am doing some of that. I went yesterday morning to the canyon and again this morning to a beautiful park nearby.

Here is a picture of the sculpture I just finished. It's about 4" tall and made out of polymer clay.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Digital Textures

Here's what I did with my yesterday-- I've been spending a lot of time working textures into my digital paintings. Here I digitally painted my sister's face and added black hair and a textured background that I painted traditionally. I then digitally manipulated the background, and under and overlaid sections. This is a quick experiment for a project I'm planning to do soon of which I'm going to incorporate a figure into a similar background.

Saturday, May 18, 2013


So we had the option of painting a caricature for an assignment. Even though I haven't really ever done caricatures before, I thought, why not? I painted Cillian Murphy-- Not bad for a first try...

Monday, May 13, 2013

From Media and Tech

I haven't posted yet the rest of the homework paintings from the semester. Of course there are many I am omitting, but here are a few of the 50 or so paintings we did over the semester. They are about 2-3 hours each.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Jack Frost

Yet another digital painting project recently due. Project criteria was to do a holiday character portrait. I did Jack Frost...

Saturday, March 30, 2013


I just entered a sculpture from last spring into the annual Student Art Show at UVU. I also entered my little red riding hood piece as well. The reception was a success! I enjoyed spending time talking with everyone and looking at the pieces. It's always impressive to see the progress others have made in their education in the arts.
Here is a photo of the sculpture.

This piece I did as a reflection on our relationship with time in this society. I often see people, and see it in my own life as well, spend so much time looking at time that they don't realize they've become it. This was a symbol of my own decision to live in the present and to experience life, instead of always looking at the clock.

Prismacolor Watercolor Sketch

I forgot to share this sketch I did when I got together with some friends to draw.

I used some of my prized possessions- watercolor prismacolor pencils with a water pen. I bought these in NYC last year, as well as the sketch book. The book was actually a photo album, but the paper is thick and perfect for handling watercolor!

Old Lady

For digital painting we've been learning about digitally painting hair. We made some brushes on photoshop and played with pen pressure to create the hair textures. For practice we did some in class portraits-- this is how mine turned out. 
The first image is the sketch I started from and the second is the finished piece. I'm thinking it's a premonition of what I'll look like when I'm seventy two... I can only hope I'll still have my hair :)

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Desert Robot

Here is my latest digital painting assignment for Will Terry's digital painting II class: a robot saving human life in the desert. The assignment had to include line, traditional watercolor and digital paint layers.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

More Texture

Here's another portrait I did for media and tech. We laid down a layer of napthol red with a slight texture and then painted a portrait over the top. I used my own reference this time-- this is my little brother Isaac. 

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Terryl Whitlatch Workshop

Despite being sick and having missed the previous day of school, I forced myself out of bed for the Terryl Whitlatch workshop. Couldn't miss it! She was the creature designer for the new Star Wars movies, and the creator of the one and only Jar Jar Binks.

I'm not exactly interested in creature design per se, but I did feel that this would be beneficial for whatever I decide to do with my life as an artist. Terryl's skills are apparent. She has all of the anatomy of animals memorized and easily (due to years of experience) does overlays of the bone structure and musculature of her animal creations.

Here are a few of my sketches I did during the workshop:

We ended up having 60+ people show up, and had to move to a larger room following lunch. Pretty impressive turnout!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Textured Backgrounds

Here are a couple more practice portrait paintings. I played with texture a little bit more on these ones. That's one thing I love about acrylic paints-- the ability to create great textures! For these, I roughly laid down the paint in the background and used a spray bottle to spray the paint before it dried completely. Then in some areas I pulled out the paint and water with a dry paper towel. 

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Little Red Riding Hood

Our most recent assignment for digital painting was similar to the three bears assignment from last semester. Except this one was little red riding hood. The assignment included use of texture, so we spent a class period in the watercolor room painting out a few textures traditionally. These textures were then scanned for use in digital paintings. I used my texture as an overlay, and then used multiple textures for opaque lights with the texture brush. Here is the finished piece:

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Acrylic Portraits

Here are some new portrait paintings I did for my Media and Techniques class. We are learning how to use acrylics, which is one of my favorite mediums. These were done using a limited color scheme: Black, White and Yellow Ochre. These are just practice pieces on 6"x8" illustration board.