Here’s a tiny 3″ x 3″ painting that I’m calling “Psychotropic Cavern”. It’s acryla gouche and colored pencil on board. I created it for Jon Schindehette‘s tiny painting show at SFAL. If you go to Spectrum Fantastic Art Live, be sure to see his tiny painting show featuring over 200 tiny science fiction/fantasy pieces (and buy mine)! It certainly looks like a neon black light poster but sadly it doesn’t look that great under a black light. I’m now inspired to try to make a black light illustration now.
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.
The Monoprice tablet unboxing and review:
Some notable painting process posts:
- Little Marker Monsters
- Speed Paintings Circa Early 2013: Part One
- Speed Paintings Circa Early 2013: Part Two
Art book reviews:
- Colored Pencil Painting Bible: Techniques for Achieving Luminous Color and Ultrarealistic Effects
- Casein Painting: Methods and Demonstrations
- Classic Still Life Painting: A Contemporary Master Shows How to Achieve Old Master Effects Using Today’s Art Materials
- Still Life Painting Atelier: An Introduction to Oil Painting
- Drawing and Painting Fantasy Figures: From the Imagination to the Page
- The Fantasy Artist’s Figure Drawing Bible: Ready-to-Draw Characters and Step-by-Step Rendering Techniques
I hope you have a happy new year and stick to your new year resolutions (unless your resolution is something awful like drowning 100 kittens; then I don’t hope you stick to your new year resolutions).
It’s been quite a while since I last updated my website! One of the reasons for this is that I’m still a little undecided as to whether I’m going to keep my current website, or move to a different one. I have to jump through many hoops (not literally) to get my artwork on my website and have it look acceptable. The color profiles on the images disappear and I have to make odd adjustments to the artwork so they look okay on certain computers (on other computers such as mine they look very different). It’s a big hassle. I’m figuring some things out and hopefully I won’t have to worry about loss of color and quality anymore.
In other news, I am going to have access to a scanner again (I really should buy one soon) and I will be scanning some art soon. Also, I’ve been studying perspective and reading a lot of graphic novels lately (And I’m brainstorming some ideas for an original graphic novel of my own). Stay tuned for more art/updates!
I’m John VanHouten and I have a lot of things I would like to talk about with you in the future. Art is a huge part of my life and I can’t think of anything that I would rather spend my time thinking about or doing. If you are here it means that you are either interested in art or you are at least a bit curious about it. Be on the lookout for interviews, reviews, inspiration and more! While you’re here you can check out my portfolio too. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to comment below or contact me directly. I look forward to sharing with you and talking with you.
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