At Bay Sketch to Final

It's pretty difficult as an artist to feel like I'm good enough or being productive enough. I find that it's a constant balancing act to keep that river of self doubt at bay. The best I can ever hope to do is keep it pinned down, and keep moving forward. 

Here is the color final. Florence Welch in all her glory.

Here is the color final. Florence Welch in all her glory.

I always do a black and white image and add color digitally. A little easier to control dramatic lighting that way. 

I always do a black and white image and add color digitally. A little easier to control dramatic lighting that way. 

And here's the black and white sketch I started with. I sculpted a mini version of the bird and took some photos of it in water to get the basic shape and  lighting. I know a bit a about human anatomy, but it's a little different on birds!

And here's the black and white sketch I started with. I sculpted a mini version of the bird and took some photos of it in water to get the basic shape and  lighting. I know a bit a about human anatomy, but it's a little different on birds!

Salon Valkyrie Finish

And here we have the finished product. This was printed about 44x60" onto canvas and stretched- probably the largest project I've ever worked on. I spent all of the compositing phase flirting with Photoshops file size restriction, but all things considered it wasn't too painful.

And here we have the finished product. This was printed about 44x60" onto canvas and stretched- probably the largest project I've ever worked on. I spent all of the compositing phase flirting with Photoshops file size restriction, but all things considered it wasn't too painful.

Linocut Cat

I don't do printmaking often (mostly because I don't have a press, or access to one) but occasionally I'll get the urge to do a little linoleum printing because a wooden spoon is almost as good as a press for this process. Sort of. This first image is the digital sketch that I used to transfer onto the blocks.

Gold.jpg

And here we have the finished print in black and metallic gold. My only regret is that it's nigh impossible to digitally capture the glitter in it. 

Statue Sketch

Potentially embarrassing but true, this is a redraw of what's more or less a high school OC. In original imaginings she had a top of some kind, and I briefly wondered if social media guidelines would require me to put little stars or something over her bits, but it looks like because this is a painting of a statue... I should be in the clear. 

Noir Selfie

I totally don't smoke, but I'm still suckered into the tough, detached glamour vibe that smoking has in Noir films.

Siiiiiick

I've been sick for the past... almost week and a half... And I guess I'd like to thank a combination of love, soup and cough drops for the reduced amount of coughing these days. Now that I'm on the mend, you can count on more way drawing and a few more birds too. 

Florence + The Machine

This was a summer break project, and one that kind of set the tone for a TON of more recent work. Using parallel lines like this makes it easier to get even values with dye based ink, which soaks in pretty fast and can't be moved much once its down. 

Attack of the Killer Ceiling Fan

This is the second of that series. One of my illustrations crushes Victo Ngai came in to our ink class to participate in the critique. She seemed to like my noir fish people enough, but was distracted by the previous crop of this image...

...In which the ceiling fan seemed to be... the source of drama. I guess it makes sense that that would happen with characters that can only stare upward, mouths agape. I did my best.