Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Odds and Ends from 2008

Happy New Year!

First of all, thank you everyone for your comments on my last post. It really gives me a boost to hear all of your feedback. Being a freelancer can get kind of lonely sometimes, so I can't tell you how great it is to here kind words from other artists. So thanks!

I haven't been able to post much recently-- I've been working on a longer term project for an ad agency that unfortunately I'm not allowed to post just yet. In the few free moments I've had over the last month or so I've been up to my usual experiments with some side pieces. I tried to take a few really opposite approaches simultaneously to see if I could push myself into something new-- and managed to drive myself a little crazy at the same time.

The first picture here is an in-progress painting in oils and acrylics. I feel like it is not quite done but not sure why... so in case I completely butcher it as I go forward from here (like I have in my other 3 attempts to do this same piece!) I thought I should scan it. This is a left-over project from the Academy this past summer. My friend and fellow artist, Jeff Love, was the model for this assignment- but I ended up doing a different composition at the time. Sorry Jeff, if I made you look a bit evil here-- its not a personal commentary at all.

The next piece was partially a product of just being really frustrated. While in the process of failing at the above piece a few times I thought I better go back to basics. So I gave myself the first assignment from the Illustration Academy hoping it would break me out of my rut. I did the piece in Adobe Illustrator working only in flat local colors.

And finally, here is a link to my updated web site-- I thought it would be good to start the year with a slightly different look and get some more current pieces onto my site.

Thanks for taking a look-- I wish you all a great 2009!


Raven Herrera said...

wow dude, your friggen hardcore, if i ever have to do that first assignment again i think i'll shoot myself in the head, wish me luck in the first week of this year's academy:) The Jeff piece is beautiful though, much moodier than I've seen in some of your work.

Jeff Love said...

I actually think I'm more evil in person. You did make me beautiful, though, and for that I thank you.