Wednesday, September 29, 2010

LAAFA long workshop (Starting Friday!)

If anyone is thinking of signing up for this at the last minute, I thought I'd send out a quick clarification on what you're supposed to bring.
Bring some line art you're happy with and feel comfortable turning into a painting.
Bring a painting that you would like critiqued.
And if you have a laptop, tablet, or ipad you can paint on in-class, bring that also.  This one's not necessary so don't sweat it if you don't have anything.

Heading off to LA soon, see some of you there!

Friday, September 24, 2010


Here's some line art I did recently for the students of my BYU class.  I'm trying to give us more time for painting, so we're not spending as much time critiquing and fixing drawing issues.  We'll see after this semester whether it turns out to be a good idea or not.

I haven't had time to clean up the lines very well yet, and there are a couple more characters I'll post after I've fixed a few more things.  It's possible we'll just spend the whole semester fixing my mistakes instead!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Wind Rider

This was for another lunch project.  The assignment on this one was flat black and white values, minimal line work.

It didn't take that long, but it was a really good design exercise.

Monday, September 13, 2010

LAAFA: Design in Concept Painting

To be fair to. . .well, everyone, I'm not good enough to deserve teaching anything at this school.

That said, I'm going to do a 3-day workshop for the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art on digital painting and design in concept art.  This is my favorite subject of all, and I'm excited to get a chance to show attendees the real reason why I love painting.

Learning how to render form and light are essential foundation skills, but nobody becomes a great painter without a strong understanding or deep-seated sense of design in everything they do.  This is the most advanced class I know how to teach, and I'll be giving away every secret I know for using digital painting to transform a good concept into something really exciting.

I'll also be doing a demonstration for a few hours one of the evenings. This will be like a condensed and less-deep version of the 3-day workshop.

I hope some of you can make it!

Friday, September 03, 2010

Yellow or blue

Some of the people I work with are doing "lunch projects," where we use whatever time we don't spend eating during the lunch hour working on an assignment.  I won't post mine every week, because it's mostly an educational exercise, but occasionally something good might come out of it.  This week's assignment was to do something based off a palette from a Gustav Klimt painting.