Friday, November 13, 2015
Sunday, November 8, 2015
The plan was to pick a theme, which would make it easier for me to focus each day on what to draw. Since I love location sketching, my theme was 31 Day, 31 Places. I was off to a good start...and then life happened. The reality is that I have a very busy life outside of my art. It was perhaps easier (or more convenient at least) for me to participate in Inktober last year.
One of my mentors has mentioned to me that there are seasons of life that we go through. Right now, I am going through the season of teaching, which does not always allow for time for my own art. It reminds me of one of my favorite lines from Rise of the Guardians:
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
As my students probably know by now, I'm quite and Old Hollywood fan. So, naturally, I wanted to select photos from that era. What resulted were portraits of three of the greats: Claude Rains (who I can't help but always return to as a subject), Katherine Hepburn, and Bette Davis.
Monday, September 28, 2015
Ever since I got this new job, I have struggled to find time to make my own art. That's one of the things I want to make sure I make time for, so throughout the weekend I carved out time to work on two paintings (one below my original goal...)
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
So...my attempt to do a watercolor painting each week sort of fizzled out, but for good reason. Shortly after I started Watercolor Wednesdays, I got hired as a high school art teacher! So the last few weeks have been spent prepping the classroom and lessons, though I'd love to get back to posting on a regular basis.
Over the last few weeks, I've spent a lot of time at the beach, and used those opportunities to work on landscape painting, something I love.
Friday, July 17, 2015
July 17, 2015 is a big day for Disneyland; it's the 60th anniversary! On this date, Walt Disney opened up one of the first modern theme parks, changing the way millions of people were entertained. Behind all of the rides and attractions, there has been an army of artists and engineers, called Imagineers, who have come up with the ideas. So this post is a celebration of those artists, who in turn have given me and many others, a lot of inspiration.
|On his television show, appropriately named Disneyland, Walt introduced the country to his dream|
|Concept art for the original Snow White's Scary Adventures|
|Pirates of the Caribbean concept art is some of the most imaginative of the old concept art|
|Original designs by Herb Ryman of Sleeping Beauty's Castle|
|The Haunted Mansion is a wonderful mix of the macabre and the absurd. This example, done by Rolly Crump, is an example of the absurd.|
|A lesser known piece of concept art (because the attraction never materialized). Rock Candy Mountain (artist unknown...to me) was supposed be made out of actual candy. Can't imagine why this never materialized.|
|I have a love-hate relationship with Pirates. I love the concept art, regardless. Marc Davis did some of the best work, including the designs for the bride auction. Say it with me "We wants the redhead!"|
|John Hench was (is) an amazing designer for Disney.|
|Moving a little bit past early Disney art - Sam McKim's concept art for Splash Mountain|
|Main Street Station|
|Mary Blair deviated from the traditional way of doing concept art and instead embraced her own wonderfully unique style for "it's a small world".|
|World of Color is one of the most beautiful shows ever produced by Disneyland, and its concept art is also some of the most beautiful|
Why do I love Disneyland's concept art? I guess because it inspires me to push my work to this level. In one sketch, people like Marc Davis, John Hench, Rolly Crump, and others took an idea and said, this is what it would look like. Having seen some pieces of concept art up close and in person, I can say they absolutely take my breath away.
So, congratulations to Disneyland on 60 great years. Here's to Walt Disney for making his dreams a reality, and here's to the wonderful artistians, engineers, craftsman, the Imagineers, who are the real heart and soul of WED and Walt Disney Imagineering.
What are some of your favorite pieces of Disneyland (or DisneyWorld) concept art?
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Thursday, July 2, 2015
Friday, June 26, 2015
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Over the last year, I've discovered that watercolor is one of my favorite mediums to work with (probably second only to charcoal), so I decided to start filling the pages of my watercolor sketchbook and simultaneously keep improving my skills. I was partly inspired by my participation in last year's Inktober to try to find a theme to work with to accomplish this. Hence the "Watercolor Wednesday" idea.
For now, it just means that I'll devote a little time each Wednesday to working in watercolors. Who knows where I'll end up taking it though!
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
There's not a huge amount of gestures here; gesture drawing (heck, probably figure drawing in general) is still one of my biggest, if not my biggest insecurity in my art. But, I wanted to post some gestures partly because it makes me feel uncomfortable to do so. Are they perfect? Probably not, yet not every piece of art I make has to be perfect the moment it moves from my pen to the paper. Gestures are still something that I need to work on, so I will continue to do so (hopefully...)
And actually, given how pressed for time I was, these drawings are more loose than I might have orginially wanted to do...
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Every summer, my dad and I take a day trip to somewhere in California; I sketch, he reads. It's been our way of carving out some time to spend together. For a couple of years, dad's been wanting to show me Mono Lake. Now, being a Central California girl, I've gone to Yosemite at least once a year for as long as I can remember, but I don't really remember going as far as the Eastern side of the Sierras (though the family has traveled that way).
I have never seen a stranger place; Mono Lake seems almost completely unspoiled, save for a handful of tourists (numbers no where near as large as the ones we passed on our way through Yosemite). The lake is huge, surrounded by volcanic mountains, and contains more salt than the Pacific Ocean. That wasn't the weirdest sight, however. The coolest thing about Mono Lake are the tufa towers. on the south side of the lake. It seems weird that we are still in California.
These things remind me of coral, and the ones that we were near were huge. Apparently, these were once underwater, but as the water level of the lake goes down, they become more visible.
I used to love using chalk pastels, but during college I sort of fell out of practice with them, so I decided to bring them along. I wanted to warm up with a quick charcoal drawing.