It's supposed to be winter here in Des Moines, but we have yet to see any snowfall. No snowfall, and we're already in December! I can't really complain because, being a southern California native, I would probably never want to leave the house once it gets that cold. But it kind of doesn't feel like a midwest winter yet without any snow. I can promise, though, that I will be consuming many hot cocoas and wintertime baked treats!
Sunday, October 28, 2012
I moved a few weeks ago, and I've been pretty lazy about doing pretty much anything. So, feeling a bit ashamed about it all, I did something today. I used acrylic gouache (my fave!) and experimented with a new acrylic blending/extending medium. I had the idea: since Holbein acryla gouache is an acrylic polymer base paint (and not a gum arabic base like most standard gouache) it should respond well to mediums created for other acrylic-based media. Turns out that, at least with this particular medium - Utrecht's fluid acrylic extender & blending medium - it turned out pretty well.
Working on this today made me pretty content; I haven't had an afternoon to just settle down to draw and paint. It was satisfying, and I love working with beautiful jewel tone palettes.
acrylic gouache on board, 6x8
inspiration; source unknown
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
As an illustrator, I fill the role of sharing an interpretation of a world-without-visuals. It is an unusual duty: pluck the ideas that float above the page and turn them into palpable, pleasing representations. Success with this is only possible through dedicated research to media, an understanding of the language, a never-ending search for truth, an educated – if not opinionated – perspective of the world we live in, and a healthy amount of self-deprecation.
Every creation is a quest for purity – not in the sense of innocence, but in the perception of unity between the image and its implied message. Whether it is in creating a personal piece, or working on a commissioned one, this purity must be present in every aspect, from translation to execution. Purity, for the traditional illustrator, is in using a paintbrush or pen. It is in this small extension of the arm that an artist’s idea meets the tangible world, and comes to fruition and realization. It is the source of our godly powers.
Just as every creation is a quest, every illustrator worth their salt aspires to create a similar visual journey for the audience. It is this perpetuity, and my insatiable appetite for adventure, that drive me to continually seek the truths that illustration can relate.
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
gouache / digital, 6x8
I bought some Winsor&Newton designer's gouache today and I've never been taught how to use the medium, so I'm going to experiment with them for a while. We'll see how it goes.
This is my doofy cat, Schmooj, who is the Derp Queen!