Thursday, January 22, 2009

Caricature sketches

This quarter I'm taking a class on caricature as it's something I'd really like to build on as I think it would help improve my work. Our current assignment is to do two illustrations of people from music, film, sports, or TV. Since I'm a music junkie, I immediately decided to do one of my favorite musicians: Roger Waters. I love Roger because in addition to being a wonderful musician and lyricist, he's extremely fun to draw!


So as some may have noticed I failed to post new resolution Sunday sketches in accordance with my last update. That's because I failed at keeping my New Year's resolution (which is probably why I don't make resolutions). The positive note is that while I haven't been keeping up with making a sketch every day, I have been doing a lot of drawing because of new classes. I don't have any completed illustrations yet, but I do have prep work for a poster design, as well as caricature sketches that will follow this post.

These were final sketches done for the Hilton Head International Piano Competition's poster contest. While I like both drawings very much, I'm doing the one on the right as I think it will make a better poster.

Color comps for the poster. I'll be using the color scheme on the right.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

The 2009 Sunday Sketch Spectacular!

That title makes it sound really exciting, right? Unfortunately I don't know how exciting it will actually be, but it's my attempt at productivity. Last year I fancied the idea of having a resolution to sketch something everyday. It quickly crashed and burned, so I'm reinstating it with more force this year. I will attempt to do at least one sketch every day. I mean, that really isn't much, and it's something I really should be doing. I'm hoping by openly sharing my resolution on a public forum will force me to fulfill it. I plan on doing the sketches throughout the week and then posting them at the end of the week. Here's what I've done post New Year's:

The new year started off with a pelican (one of my favorite birds), and was quickly followed by a porcine Maggie "Milk Snatcher" Thatcher going after the cat's 2%, and Tom Servo of MST3K. And then things got more serious...

I've been keeping an eye on the current Israel/Palestine crisis, although I swear it's the same problems with different dates. I avoid taking sides, especially when I feel like both factions are to blame for the violence. The leaders fight like rabid wolves while innocent civilians are killed.

Being for the Benefit of Mr. Wright

So when it came to the grand break for the holidays, I completely failed at being productive. I had plans for new pieces to do in preparation for my illustration portfolio class for the winter quarter, but instead I curled up into a little ball of complacency and laziness (I wrote it off as "enjoying my last real break before graduating"). However, I did scrounge up enough work ethic to begin something that fall classes kept me from doing...

On the very first day of fall classes I woke to the news that one of my favorite musicians, Mr. Richard Wright of Pink Floyd, had passed away. Two years earlier his former band mate, Syd Barrett, passed away, and when that happened I began a memorial painting for Syd, thus unofficially starting a trend. The only problem with this trend is that at some point (hopefully in the distant future) I will have 5 large portrait paintings commemorating my favorite band. Let's hope I break into illustration so I can afford a decent sized dwelling, eh?

I'm not quite sure when I'll finish Mr. Wright as winter classes start...oh...tomorrow, but at the very least the painting process has begun. Now Syd will have a buddy. :)