Friday, March 6, 2015

New Drawing

Here was the figure drawing from last night's session at Casey Child's studio (thank you to Lauren for modeling!).  I used vine charcoal for the entire thing, which I usually don't do.  It's finicky, but fun.  Anyway, I feel like portraits are one of my weakest skills, so it's good to do more of it.  Not always comfortable, but good.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Two new plein air paintings

Here are two recent plein air pieces done in the past month. The cloud piece was done along the Provo riverbottoms trail, the barn was up the South Fork of Provo Canyon.  Enjoy.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Let's try this again...

Nearly 8 years ago I did this painting of the San Rafael Swell, and it has languished unsold in galleries ever since, and I'm tired of looking at all of the mistakes.  It was the best I could do at the time, but there's an upcoming art show that I want to enter, and rather than buy a new frame, I thought "I've got this huge framed elephant of a piece, I should just paint over it!"  So I went back to the original photo ref and tried to reinterpret it with a little more experience as a guide.  The bottom piece is a loose color-key painted this morning in Photoshop, and I tried to really focus on the different types of light (i.e. direct light, fill light, bounce light, etc), light direction, and local color. I'll use the key as reference as I move forward to paint over the old painting. Fortunately the original was painted when I was very timid about thick paint, so there shouldn't be too much of a problem going over it, and the super-warm tone of the original will be very vibrant as an underpainting. The show drop-off is late March, so I'll need to be speedy, which is good and will force me to look at the big picture and not get caught up in details, which is always death to a painting.  I'll post the re-painted piece in a few weeks!

Recent drawing

Here is a drawing I did recently from life.  Enjoy!

Friday, January 9, 2015

Today's offering

It has been far too long since I've posted anything!  Oh well, let's be honest, the art world hasn't been waiting with baited breath for my every post, so I think we're ok.  Here are two recent plein air pieces.  The stream piece was done this morning, and it was great to get out. Both of these were done up Vivian Park canyon near Provo, UT.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The latest from BYU...

So life is officially moving forward in Utah.  I have begun teaching Illustration and Concept Design at Brigham Young University, and it has been a grand adventure.  Here are two recent plein air pieces done around the Provo area.  More to come!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Rio 2!

So, Rio 2 has been out for a few months now, so I'm excited to post some of my work from the film. There are a few of the pieces posted here, and the rest are on my website:  As you'll notice, I did mostly flat illustrative design and graphics for the film, which was fun.  The end credits especially turned out well, I think, and though the schedule was super-crazy, it was fun to ram something through the pipeline so quickly.  All of the directors and producers were in LA and Skywalker Ranch doing color-timing and last-minute things for the film, so it was cool to have more creative control than maybe we would have had normally.  Tom Humber (set design) and Sheng Fang (previs) were amazing to work with, it was one of the best creative team experiences I've ever had.