Saturday, February 28, 2009

Among the Sierra Nevada, California After Albert Bierstadt

1 and 30 minutes, digital after Albert Bierstadt.

Only $8 Billion for a High Speed Railroad System?

President Obama mentioned contruction of a high speed train system in a Indiana campaign speech last year. He said it would create more jobs and connect the population centers of America. I guess he is a man of his word. Just last week when he signed the Recovery and Reinvestment Act, spending $8 billion of the $787 billion on new high speed railroads. Above is a map of what it is thought to look like. My only question is, will $8 billion be enough? It costs $10 billion alone for a line between Los Angeles and San Fransico. How much of an impact will this actually make? Sure this past week he added funds to the summary of the budget sent to Congress. But that only adds $1 billion a year for 5 years. That is still only $13 billion. Seeing as though some say this is part of his so called legacy, I'm interested to see what President Obama will unfold in the next four years. As for now, I'm still bumming rides off of friends and departing from Detroit Metro Airport for long distance trips.

Let's hear your thoughts.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Peter Pan Book Cover

I'm probably going to go back into this one. I don't feel its quite finished.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Natural Bridge after Frederick Church

Here's a digital master study I did from Frederick Church's Natural Bridge. It took about 1 hour and 20 minutes. I find myself very lucky to live about half a football field away from a few Church paintings. Quite amazing close up. Anyways it was nice to do some landscape painting. I'm still learning the rules and pushing the texture.

Portrait of Edouard and Marie-Loise Pailleron after John Singer Sargent

Well maybe just Edouard, I had to crop it because of time constraints. This was done all digital in about 1 hour. I'm pretty happy with it and this time I tried to soften the edges a bit more. Again Sargent was the master when it came to edges and well... painting in general. Perhaps next time I'll do some landscape studies from Frederick Church. Who knows I might just switch things up. :) And thanks for those who have left comments. They have been much appreciated.

Henry James after John Singer Sargent

Here's another Sargent Digital Study. 45 minutes.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Peter Pan Book Cover Process

Here is some process for a Peter Pan book cover. I eventually boosted up the saturation of Big Ben and added some nice violets in the clouds and clothing. I'll post the final soon. I really enjoyed doing this project even though architecture with oils is quite a challenge sometimes.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Mrs. Hugh Hammersley after John Singer Sargent

John Singer Sargent's edges are a dream to paint, even digitally. It has been about 2 years since I've done a Sargent study so it felt pretty nice. I think I might continue doing these just to improve my digital painting. This took me 30 minutes on Photoshop.

Time Machine Book Cover Process

I really love H.G. Wells books. He's the master of science fiction! I was reading The Island of Doctor Moreau while I was home for the holidays and as usual my pleasure reading was interrupted and I didn't get back too it. Next time I visit home I'll have to remember to bring it back to my apartment. Looking at it in retrospect that book was pretty far out there for the time it was written. I won't say too much, instead I just insist that you read it. If you do don't spoil the very end, as I said I'm still working on it.

Here's the link to the final painting.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Spaceport Process

Here is a piece that I have been working on. This is the final drawing before I transfer it and also the color studies. I was thinking about a Spaceport surrounding Mars. Instead of landing on the planet and then lifting off, wasting tons of fuel, the transports would unload here and save fuel. The cargo would then be shot down to the planet through the tubes connecting to the port. Keep your eyes open for the final painting. I'm doing it in combo of acrylic and digital.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Happy Birthday Casey Wise!

Happy Birthday to Casey Wise! The Man, the Legend, the Wise turns one year older today. This was the man that taught me everything he could jam into my brain about perspective. Ah, yes the old Coca-Cola bottle with perfect ellipses assignment, the Vending Machine in two point perspective in great detail, or perhaps the church that I inevitably drew an asteroid flying at. Yes, difficult times in Casey's classes. Yet if I hadn't eaten my vegetables then I wouldn't be doing what I am today.

Casey often mentioned his love for Colorado and Plein Air painting. I'd like to think he'll someday retire out there. Perhaps him and I can meet together to paint and for a beer. Happy Birthday and Thanks Casey.

Monday, February 16, 2009

The Famous Artist's Painting Course

The Famous Artist Course

I was fortunate enough to purchase three volumes of the Famous Artists Course from 1953. There is no doubt that I was extremely excited to find these; let alone win them on ebay. And all for a reasonable price of $58.00! These antiques are lessons from some of the most famous artists of the Golden Age of Illustration. With lessons ranging from oil to watercolor painting, compositional to pictorial design, and anatomy to animal drawing; I'm sure I'll be busy reviewing these treasures for years to come.

The Famous Artists School was founded in 1948 in Westport, Connecticut. The idea was to take 12 of the most famous artists of the time and create courses that anyone could take. This was during the time of the Golden Age of Illustration and famous aritsts would receive $50,000 a year roughly equivalent to $425,000. There is no doubt they were rock stars of their day.

The course was first conceived by Albert Dorne while having a conversation with Norman Rockwell. The famous artists were Norman Rockwell, Stevan Dohanos, Robert Fawcett, Ben Stahl, Harold von Schmidt, Al Parker, Austin Briggs, Jon Whitcomb, Peter Helck, Fred Ludekens, Jon Atherton and Albert Dorne. After the user bought the first lessons for $300, they would complete assignments after a section and sent it in to the Famous Artists School. A professional would critique their work and send it back to them with a typed letter and a short biography of the artist. I was fortunate enough to also receive an old Famous Artists Painting Course Portfolio and original two critiques that I plan on posting in a future post.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day from Watson the Peacock

Happy V-Day everyone! Here is an illustration I did for the College for Creative Studies. I hope everyone enjoys some coconut chocolates, a Scooby-Doo Valentine Card or some chalk flavored hearts. Love each other people, love each other.

Monday, February 9, 2009

The Time Machine by H.G. Wells

A bookcover for the Time Machine by H.G. Wells. Oil on illustration board. Process work will follow.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Sunday, February 1, 2009

New Website!

St. Christopher

Here is the painting I promised a while ago. This piece is a portrait of a modern day St. Christopher. Let me know what you think.