I completed 3 small 9×12 in. oil paintings this week. I have been watching the video lessons created by Richard Robinson. I find his methods easy to follow. I like oil painting but it is much messier when creating and you have to be patient and allow the paintings to dry. Sometimes this takes weeks. I use M. Graham Oils and they are fantastic to work with!
I was fortunate enough to have my piece “Amanda’s Surprise” critiqued by the fine group of artists (Jake Parker, Will Terry, and Lee White) found at SVS Learn Third Thursday. While they had many favorable comments they also had a lot of constructive critique as well. Thanks guys!! I reworked the image using all those suggestions…well not the gun but it was a nice thought Jake.
Here are the changes:
1. Added volume to the girl’s hair.
2. Shortened her left forearm.
3. Fixed her stance.
4. Added some additional light to the inside of the room.
5. Switched up the position of the bugs to add some interesting variance to the composition.
6. Darkened the table, chair and the bugs.
Compare the reworked image to the one I submitted. While I didn’t win the “prize” I was pleased to get a critique no the less. Three other worthy images were selected as the winners. Check them out at www.svslearn.com
So if you haven’t checked out the “Third Thursday Critiques” offered by the fine folks at www.svslearn.com do it now! I’ve purchased many of Will Terry and Jake Parker’s tutorials and they are well worth the money.
Another “Third Thursday” is approaching and the assignment was to create an illustration for the prompt “Amanda was so excited for her first day at the cottage until…”
This is a digital painting I completed this week for entry. I can’t stress enough how important it is to have a “solid” drawing as the foundation for the painting. I re-worked this drawing several times. Perspective is such a tricky thing to master. I’ve got a lot of work to do!
I started sketching this cat over the last two weeks. Inspired by our late cat Jack I wanted to show the “Hairball” from creation to delivery from the view of a cat. I had fun creating this.
I continue to work on my “Grumpy Puppy” webcomic. The characters are changing, the art technique is changing, the format is changing! One good thing about not being popular is that you can fail, reboot, and try again. Grumpy Puppy is an experiment and a learning tool. Many thanks to everyone that has taken the time to check out www.grumpy-puppy.com
I’ve also been painting using watercolors lately. It feels good to put brush to paper!
Last month I launched my new webcomic called Grumpy Puppy. If your interest you can find my webcomic at www.grumpy-puppy.com. I wanted to do a webcomic for the fame and fortune that comes with that genre. Just kidding!! The real reason I wanted to do a webcomic was to challenge myself for at least a year. Having to post a new comic strip twice per week seemed like a good starting place.
Well guess what? Its a lot of work and drawing the strip has been challenging me in ways I could not have anticipated. Thinking I had my character design figured out I find myself needing to change the design of the characters. I am struggling with line and the overall look of the panels. Several of my mentors have commented on how flat the characters appear. I agree!! To date I have done everything digitally. Today I went back to traditional media mixed with digital and changed the character design somewhat. I’m trying to give them a more life like volume filled shape. While I’m not all together happy with the latest look I feel things have improved. But there is more improvement to be had.
If you want to challenge yourself step out of the box and do something that will make you uncomfortable like a webcomic.
Well after working diligently for the past few weeks I launched my web comic entitled “Grumpy Puppy”. Grumpy Puppy allows me to create a sarcastic and fun character named Lucky who happens to be a purple dog.
The reason(s) I wanted to create a web comic was:
1. Meeting even a twice weekly update schedule would keep me drawing and creating on a regular basis. Drawing daily really boasts an artist skill set and having to come up with new material all the time enhances one’s imagination.
2. I needed an outlet for my sarcastic humor
3. I’ve always love drawing cartoons and have always wanted to make a comic strip.
4. The need to create more characters that make me laugh!
Creating comics is really hard work and the more good information I could get my hands on the better. Recently while attending the Emerald City Comic Con I luckily ran across a both ran by a couple of fellows, one named Dave Kellet. Dave just happened to be the director of a new documentary called “Stripped” which is all about comic strips. It is a great documentary and it is available on iTunes as well as at stripped.vhx.tv. Dave and his buddies had also written a book called “How to Make Webcomics”. I bought the book and the movie. Both are excellent resources!
Years ago I had created editorial cartoons for the local newspaper in Madras, Oregon. Each week I would create a cartoon that address some local political issues. I got myself in trouble a few times but for the most part I really enjoyed creating these panels. Creating the new strip sure brings back memories of the Madras days.
If you get a chance please check out “Grumpy Puppy” at www.grumpy-puppy.com