Monday, October 27, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
As you can see, it really isn't very seaweed-like. Obviously this template was given to us so that we could clearly see the details of the motion, but many people end up making their seaweed move in the exact same way anyways. This template is EXAGGERATED, so if you don't want your seaweed to look like a wagging tail or some sort of vicious attack plant (I can just hear the 'thud' at the end of each swing), don't make it sway as far as this. 80% less sway might work.
Friday, October 17, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Well here are the lessons learned when I started painting tonight:
A) Tape down your paper on something that won't warp when it gets wet, wood works, newsprint on wood doesn't (I was using newsprint to help avoid a mess, turns out it just created a mess on my image).
B) Good Watercolor paper is THICK (takes a lot of swipes with an exacto knife to cut!)
USE THE RIGHT PAINTS
D) Water soluble Oil Paints act and look painfully similar to gouache, until you try to mix them, or clean them off your brush (thank goodness that was a dirt cheap brush, the trash can now contains a very orange object).
Lesson D is particularly important to learn, as said water soluble oils are sold at the Sheridan store, by the same company (Windsor & Newton) and with the same selection of colours we were told to buy in GOUACHE. And since they're paints they are naturally right beside the gouache.
And since they're paints they are quite expensive.
Whatever, I'll hang on to them anyways, maybe I'll get to use them for a mixed media thingy, someday.
In other words: I've lost the receipt.
I got in with a 3.12/4 while taking the Visual & Creative Arts program at Sheridan. The previous year I got a 2.43/4 while taking Art Fundamentals...
And the year before that, during highschool I got about 4 out of 100 (the marking scheme was different, but not the standards!).
As should be evident, Art Fundies at Sheridan is an excellent program, and most highschool art programs are next to useless. They don't need to be, there's so much BASIC stuff they could just tell us that would immediately improve our art skills, but nah, we'll just run in abstract circles.
I mean I really enjoyed Grade 12 art and took it seriously, but I was NEVER told anything about line quality throughout my education before post-secondary. I mean it's SO simple. Use thicker lines away from the light source, and lighter lines near it, and don't use 'hairy' lines! There, that's all you need to get started!
Anywho (yes I use that alot), I'll only put up the stuff from my victorious portfolio (w00t) cause the other stuff is redundant or, in the case of my highschool portfolio, sacrilegiously bad.
The following piece is the only thing common to all 3 of my portfolios. Yes, I did it in highschool and could do much better now, but I still think it's a fairly good drawing, after all it did work eventually (I got 3.5/4 on my Personal pieces overall, so the judges certainly didn't hate it).
These selections from my sketchbooks were all put on one page, so they counted as one peice:
Here's my bouncing ball, bowling ball, balloon and pendulum, all in one big happy AVI file:
Self critique: Ball bounces a little fast, bowling ball kinda jitters near the end, I like my balloon, pendulum is off center but whatever. Overall I'm quite happy with how this turned out.
Also, very important discovery, I do not hate drawing the same thing over and over. I'm actually quite content doing this because I always feel like I'm getting somewhere as I complete each frame. May be premature to say this this early, but that's how I feel at the moment.
Hello blog world!
So yeah, Jeremy (http://www.jeremymah.blogspot.com/) kept telling me to get a blog, not that I didn't intend to, I've just been busy/distracted.
Anywho, this is where I'll be piling my artwork, whether it be sketches n' doodles, fun projects, school projects, or (eventually) work projects.
I've got a lot of stuff up on Facebook and DeviantArt already. At DA I go by the username OrthancG. If you run into an Orthanc elsewhere on the net, chances are probably good that it's me (not that I get around a whole lot, I just always use Orthanc). I'll still be adding stuff to DA from time to time, and my stuff that's already on Facebook will stay there, but I'm going to try and make this my main art dumping ground.
Also, if you're into Civilization 3 by any chance, I've made animations for a total of 62 new units for use in that game, which can be found at http://www.civfanatics.com/ . I have my original Orthanc account over there. I've been doing that for about, five years, longer than I've known most people I talk to nowadays.
Ok, enough intro! Art already! I'll start with a piece I did last year, a self portrait in acrylic paints, so you guys have a face to these words: