Has it really been an entire month since I last updated this blog? Boy have I been slacking off!
What have I been doing, you ask?
I have been reading a lot of comic books and various books about the comic book industry and it’s roller coaster of a history. I also went camping for a while and spent a lot of time taking photos.
I have to admit that since I’ve purchased a camera I have been neglecting my duties to draw and paint (and occasionally sculpt but that’s not my forte). I’ve also been neglecting to update my portfolio and my blog. It’s more work than most people realize. There’s a lot of annoying back end stuff that I have to do behind the scenes when adding new work to my website (and having to deal with SEO on all of my posts is pretty annoying). But anyways…
And what better way to celebrate graduating than purchasing a new camera? Actually I could think of a few better ways but I digress. A new camera means experimenting and making up reasons to use the aforementioned new camera. Today I photographed some lilacs (obviously seen in the photos below).
Stay cool out there in that heat! It’s about time that Michigan weather realized what season it is.
So here’s a digital painting that I’ve been meaning to post to my blog. The concept for which I had to make an illustration was the random pairing of words: “brilliant hallucination”. I made a mind map and determined the subject matter/color scheme. I’ll post some WIP images eventually.
Here’s a digital speed painting I did a couple months ago. It’s a concept for an oil painting that I’d like to do some day (Or maybe an acrylic painting?). The deer have glowing antlers. I don’t know why.
It has come to my attention that not many people know about Google Cultural Institute (formerly the Google Art Project, but now it includes much more). I love the Google Cultural Institute and you should too. Although I’d much rather see a Peter Paul Rubens (Not to be confused with Peter, Paul, and Mary) painting in person (I’ll add that to my non-existent bucket list), I don’t have the luxury of flying all over the world to see his paintings so Google Cultural Institute is my solution.
Fake disclaimer: Google Cultural Institute is a great website and you’re likely to lose track of time and browse artworks for hours. If you have deadlines or tasks to complete, wait to look at GCI until you have some free time.
Here’s a nifty video to introduce you to GCI:
The Google Art Project (part of the Google Cultural Institute) has hundreds thousands of artworks for you to view in high resolution. You can take a virtual tour through partnered museums, read about the artwork, browse other member’s “collections” of artwork (you can make your personal collection of artwork from the Google Art Project, write things about the pieces you chose, and share with the world), and so much more.
As always, if you click on an image in my posts you can usually see larger images.
Let’s take a quick tour through the Google Cultural Institute:
Here I am browsing the artwork of Peter Paul Rubens. You can scroll left and right to view more art work by Rubens. Notice the little blue “gigapixel” button next to the title of “Venus and Adonis”. There are several gigapixel images on the Google Art Project. You may ask yourself “what is a gigapixel?” You may ask yourself, where is that large automobile? Well you know how cameras have megapixels? Maybe your camera has 12 megapixels (That’s pretty standard). A gigapixel is 1,000 megapixels (Whaaaaat!!!).
Browsing art work by Peter Paul Rubens in the Google Cultural Institute
Let’s take a look at the gigapixel image of “Venus and Adonis”:
You can get little history lessons about the art.
The descriptions are fun to read and they are very informative (unlike taking an actual art history class where you fall asleep and watch slides on a projector while the teacher drones on in a monotone voice). Enough of that, let’s zoom into the painting!
“You are such an Adonis!”
Look at the detail!
If you are in an actual art museum and you can see a painting this closely, you need to back up a little before the security guard removes you from the premises.
In the summer of 2013 I took it upon myself to learn how to 3d model in Autodesk Maya. Years ago I became pretty proficient at 3d modeling in Autodesk Viz (Viz is essentially 3ds Max but stripped down a little bit). I try to learn new skills to open doors to new possibilities and because it is fun to better yourself.
I initially modeled the five headed monster in Maya using very crude shapes. I didn’t want it to be too time consuming and it’s not necessary to make a super detailed model for a reference photo. I set up lighting in Maya and I rendered the scene. I used those images as reference for a relatively quick digital drawing/painting. I mainly wanted the reference images to see the cast shadow shapes, and to accurately space the heads, arms, and legs.
In the corner of the drawing/painting there’s an alternate version of the heads.
2014 is here and I’m anxious to accomplish many things this year. It’s hard to believe that my blog has now been around for a year (Although technically the first post was on January 10, 2013). I somehow found something to talk about each month! When I first started my blog I had no idea how long it took to create a good post. Some posts take several hours to write, revise (and revise again many times), add photos, and much more. I certainly appreciate the work that blog writers put into their posts, now that I know how much effort is required to post meaningful content.
In this post we are looking back on 2013 at some highlighted posts.