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Thursday, January 29, 2009

The Met

Last week, my wife and I went to the inauguration (which was awesome; more pics later). The next day, my wife, kids, and I hopped off to New York, where we spent the week with my aunt and uncle. I got the opportunity to sketch all day (thanks Janae) in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I'd never been to the museum, so I spent more time exploring than drawing (the museum is the best I've ever been to. I guess that should be pretty obvious, but still, IT WAS AWESOME!!!).

Here are a few pics and sketches from the experience. I don't have time to label everything, so you'll just have to live with that. I think my favorite image was the Caravaggio painting (last pic shown). It's just a tremendous work. One of these days, I'll take you to go see it, sound good?









Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Things





I discovered that I can use acrylics in my sketchbook without warping the paper. I just lay down an initial layer, wait for it to dry, and then anything I paint after that, regardless of how wet it is, won't make the paper buckle. Cool, eh? Some sketchbook stuff and a cutout from an image I'm working on. Getting pretty close to having everything ready for critique.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Sketch Crawl and Smidgens



The Sketch Crawl last Saturday was a lot of fun. I wasn't able to spend the whole day drawing, but I had a great time nonetheless. We spent some time near the Washington Monument in Baltimore and then headed off to the Walters Art Museum. The Walters is absolutely incredible! I want to go back right now! Ever since my LDS mission in Chile, I've been fascinated with South American art, so that's what I drew in the museum -- along with some Byzantine, Egyptian, and Renaissance stuff just for kicks.

And here are a few small insets of the continuing portfolio revamp. This is all digital work. I'm having a lot of fun with how forgiving the computer is. Watercolors and acrylics just don't have the same sort of undo options, you know? Look for the full images soon.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

More Stuff



Here's some more stuff. I promise I'll let you see these when I'm all the way done. For now, little pieces will have to do. (Sorry Cara! :)

Monday, January 5, 2009

Grandma

Yet another inset of a sketch from the portfolio revamping process. Thoughts: 1) I really like this lady's wrinkles, 2) you should see who she's playing cards with!

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Sloths and Such

Here are a few character sketches from an illustration I'm working on. Some of these are approaching panda-ness, but I really like others. And no, I'm not tired of drawing sloths. Yet.

Thursday, January 1, 2009