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artbyjune
04-01-2010, 02:19 PM
Hi everyone. Any good April fool's tricks today?

Looking forward to Easter break?

Looking forward to Easter eggs??:D

Drop by and let us know what you are up to this month!

gakinme
04-02-2010, 12:23 AM
I did a kind of foam cut printing last night. I think it's a touch too much work to cut foam and then print it once only.

Gouache
Academie Heavyweight Sketchbook 80 lbs

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Mar-2010/86669-foam_nudes1.jpg

I am going to try some other type of printing methods for repetitive designs.

Spent a lot of money this week buying up soft pastels, oil pastels, Chinese ink and brush, and sketchbooks. I might be starting an art journal afterall starting this week.

I got a 192 page Fabriano Artist Journal. Very colorful!! 7x9 inch Ingres paper.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Mar-2010/86669-book4.jpg


My resolution this week is to read all the local library books on art that I have borrowed and had to return in a week and by the end of April, finish reading all the art books I've borrowed from the university and return before the end of term.

trafford
04-02-2010, 06:11 AM
Like your design Sandra and your book is beautiful...I can see lots of Sandra art going in there. I love art stores and want to buy everything, even things I don't use...but maybe will.

Here is my Easter/Spring card:

477706
HAPPY SPRING 2010-Collage, pen and ink.

gakinme
04-02-2010, 11:43 PM
Janet, cute collage there.

I've been spending too much this month but can't help it. I've been holding back for a few years already and now that I have a secure job, it's the revenge! LOL.

Janet, this is the first time I realized your parents were artists. Beautiful, beautiful cartoons. Your father is very talented and so is your mother. What a great couple. I wish my husband is interested in drawing but of course he's not.

brianvds
04-03-2010, 01:10 AM
Haven't gotten around to drawing or painting for ages. But I did have some opportunity for photography when this magnificent if rather ominous-looking moth fluttered into the kitchen last night:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Apr-2010/142294-moth_2-4-2010.JPG

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Apr-2010/142294-moth_2-4-2010b.JPG

Its eyes looked sort of like they were glowing, and that skull design on its back cannot be a good omen. :eek:

Lucky for me, like all taureans, I am not superstitious and believe in neither omens nor astrology...:D

artbyjune
04-04-2010, 07:56 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Apr-2010/106623-easter1a6k.gif

brianvds
04-05-2010, 01:06 AM
Happy Easter indeed!

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Apr-2010/142294-evil_bunny.jpg


:evil:

Oh well, I'm off on my hectic work week again. See y'all next week!

azulparsnip
04-07-2010, 03:04 PM
Brian - ah, that bunny has had too much candy

Sandra - fun printings

Janet - adorable Easter card - has just the right springy feel too it with the grey background

I've been working on moving the dirt from the well for a brickpaved patio area. It's gorgeous outside. Now I hope to get something done with art...fun day. except Rose is poutting cause she copped an attitued and can't get on the computer. being a teenager is hard. I'm glad I'm not that age anymore.

artbyjune
04-13-2010, 09:01 AM
Sandra, that is a very good-looking coloured sketchbook.

Janet, I love your Easter card .

Brian, you're in a dark mood! That's a very interesting moth with the skull pattern. Did you find its name? I am terrified by your Easter bunny!!! But I know bunnies can be aggressive. LOL!!

brianvds
04-14-2010, 12:49 AM
Sandra, that is a very good-looking coloured sketchbook.

Janet, I love your Easter card .

I concur! Janet's Easter card is surely a tad more uplifting than mine... ;-)

Brian, you're in a dark mood! That's a very interesting moth with the skull pattern. Did you find its name?

It is appropriately called a Death's Head hawk moth, a somewhat different species of which played a role in the movie "Silence of the Lambs." But for all the supposed imagery of death, it is not the moth's fault - it's us who insist on seeing a skull in that pattern. ;-)

These are quite interesting moths: they can force air through their proboscis, making a sort of buzzing sound that sounds exactly like the sound made by a queen bee. In this way they manage to cheat their way into bee hives, where they then help themselves to honey.

Well, in the meantime I have overcome my dark moods, and done some sketching after the masters. Took a small sketchbook to work, and in quiet moments put up the originals on the computer screen and then sketched them in a linear, somewhat postimpressionist sort of style:

After the comic book artist Herge, creator of the Tintin series (not so well known in America, but trust me, they're great):

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Apr-2010/142294-185-8521_IMG.JPG

After one of Cicely Mary Barker's very cute but artistically actually quite sophisticated flower fairies:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Apr-2010/142294-185-8523_IMG.JPG

After a painting by the Renaissance master Fillippino Lippi:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Apr-2010/142294-185-8522_IMG.JPG

And after the Victorian artist Evelyn Pickering de Morgan:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Apr-2010/142294-185-8524_IMG.JPG

She seems to have done a lot of work in a sort of preRaphaelite style; I like it! There is some biographical material about her available here:

http://www.artmagick.com/pictures/artist.aspx?artist=evelyn-pickering-de-morgan

gakinme
04-14-2010, 01:07 AM
Geez, Brian, did you do a photoshop job on the bunny. Gosh, would there even be kids left at the end of Easter? :lol:

Good sketches there. I know the Tintin series. My kids read them. We also read all of the Asterix ones too.

I'm also reading Walt Stanchfield Lectures: Volume One - Drawn to Life. He was a top animator for Disney.

I was just copying the manikin in the book lying on the floor and decided to give it two onlookers. There is a series of dolls that came out with big heads to rival the popularity of Barbie dolls. So this is those two rivals looking at a handsome looking generic lazy dude. :lol:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Apr-2010/86669-doodle_barbie.jpg


Did some copying of Joos de Momper's work in five versions here (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showpost.php?p=8675210&postcount=12). Here's one of the more successful version in soft pastel.

Mix of soft pastel
Colorfix paper tan 9 x 12 inch

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Apr-2010/86669-joosdemomper_village_sp.jpg

brianvds
04-15-2010, 11:39 PM
Nice work by everyone thus far. I seem to be slowly emerging from my period of demotivation. Made this sketch yesterday as a sort of impromptu gift for the 12 year-old daughter of a friend of mine; she thinks Robert Pattinson is the hottest guy alive, so even though my sketch is a bit on the rough side and I distorted the poor Mr. Pattinson in all manner of very non-hot ways, she was very pleased:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Apr-2010/142294-185-8539_IMG.JPG

azulparsnip
04-16-2010, 02:17 AM
Brian - love your sketches of classicals - your joy in following them is quite evident. I love looking at art when you can feel the artists excitement. And that guy ah well he looks like james dean or something.......young and well, those were the days.....

Sandra - oh I love that pastel of Momper (haven't heard of him till now) will check him out - the relaxing dude and couple are quite caught up in the moment. the facial expressions tell alot.

artbyjune
04-16-2010, 02:18 AM
Interesting to see the recent works, Brian and Sandra. I love that pastel scene Sandra. And I love that elf-fairy Brian. Glad your becoming motivated again.

Brian, youve mentioned some artists who would be good to cover in the book illustrators and in the oldies & goodies threads at some date later in the year.

brianvds
04-16-2010, 10:30 PM
Brian - love your sketches of classicals - your joy in following them is quite evident. I love looking at art when you can feel the artists excitement. And that guy ah well he looks like james dean or something.......young and well, those were the days.....

That's because my portrait isn't all that good. ;-) But it does at least sort of vaguely resemble the model, which is more than I usually manage to achieve!

brianvds
04-16-2010, 10:35 PM
Brian, youve mentioned some artists who would be good to cover in the book illustrators and in the oldies & goodies threads at some date later in the year.

I have? Or do you mean you'd like me to mention some? The problem with the illustrator threads is that all the really interesting bits are still under copyright, which can cause no end of trouble, which is one more reason why I would happily have repealed all of copyright law had it been up to me...

azulparsnip
04-25-2010, 08:12 AM
It's a rainy day here - maybe I can get to some art fun!

Electric burner on stove melted and arced thru the teakettle melting a hole in it!!!! Woooohoo , was that ever exciting!

trafford
04-25-2010, 10:22 AM
:lol: Robin, you are too funny. A disaster for some is an adventure for you. A wonderful attitude. :heart:

artbyjune
04-25-2010, 02:08 PM
Brian, its a pity about the copyright for the illustrators, I agrre, because there are some fantastic illustrators but their work is still under copyright and we legally can't copy!! I like Maurice Sendak and Brian Wildsmith. But we can always do the golden oldies!!

Sorry about your kettle, Robin. What a roller-coaster.

We had a bit of rain today too. I did the WDE.

ryster007
04-25-2010, 07:03 PM
I'm finally feeling a bit more settled in my new place and have my studio room set up a bit better. feeling a bit more organised!

I went to the National Gallery of Scotland with a friend and did some sketching of their bronze and marble sculptures. This one caught my eye, its called Arritino
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Apr-2010/83841-078.JPG

I really liked the dramatic pose and the way the figure was looking up into the light.

I worked this charcoal / chalk version up when i got back

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Apr-2010/83841-Arritino.JPG

Might do another on bigger scale then try painting it in oils

C&c or general thoughts welcome

Ryan

azulparsnip
04-26-2010, 08:11 AM
Ryan - glad to hear you're getting settled in. That is thought provoking sketch. Did he have a cape on in the original? That would really change it alot wouldn't it. It reminds me of a scene that struck me last week that I simply must sketch in my journal today or it will be gone from me. I'll post it later today, hopefully.

Sandra and Brian - I want to tell you how much I appreciate your posts as you are working full time AND take time to drop in here . That means alot.
I love to see the little doodles you do at work Brian and here about how these spare moments emerge. Sandra your energy and relish for art in the midst of duty is fun and nourishing. Appreciate yous guys!

June and Janet - your fellowship and prowess is my joy and when I draw I see your influences coming out in the draw - totally unconscious but it makes me happy still. I suspect June is a busy art bug plus her writting propensity. I love to see Janet's drawings cause she pulls from both mom and dad, she is a little miracle. I appreciate yous guys!

Today I got alot of little duties but gotta let you all know you are important to me!.

ryster007
04-26-2010, 11:18 AM
[quote=azulparsnip]Ryan - glad to hear you're getting settled in. That is thought provoking sketch. Did he have a cape on in the original? That would really change it alot wouldn't it. It reminds me of a scene that struck me last week that I simply must sketch in my journal today or it will be gone from me. I'll post it later today, hopefully.
quote]

The graphite sketch is the one I did in the gallery and yes he had a cape (couldn't make out a big S on it though!:wink2: ).

When I worked it up back home I decided to leave it out- not sure if I like it better with or without? I kinda like the fact the figure is stripped bare and is isolated on the illuminated plinth.

Look forward to seeing your sketch if you catch it in time!

Ryan

brianvds
04-27-2010, 12:24 AM
Sandra and Brian - I want to tell you how much I appreciate your posts as you are working full time AND take time to drop in here . That means alot. I love to see the little doodles you do at work Brian and here about how these spare moments emerge.

Well, just for you then, here's my latest one, done a few days ago in a few quiet moments:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/26-Apr-2010/142294-185-8572_IMG.JPG

A copy of an engraved portrait by Albrecht Durer, as usual in ballpoint pen in my small 10cm x 15cm sketchbook. I live in perpetual awe of Durer. One can learn a lot copying his work!

gakinme
04-28-2010, 12:23 AM
Sorry guys and gals. I've been busy shopping and spending more money buying more art stuff and I've been busy playing with them. Tons of Daniel Smith watercolor, and this weekend, splurged on over 370 sticks of Holbein, Sennelier oil pastels.

Robin, thanks for your kind remarks. If someone post Gustave Dore as the next illustrator, I'll post some of the work I've been copying from him.

Ryan, you did so well with the coloring up. Full of drama!! You did well taking off his cape and his fingers are so well done. Is the actual sculpture with a shorter lower portion of the leg? It's a tinge short proportional wise but then these are ancient work and they might have shorter legs from the knee down back then. I love the simple colors.

Brian, a great copy of the master Durer. You know, I've been trying to locate a piece of his lithograph where he drew the beast that rose from the sea in the bible. I couldn't find it no matter how many books I borrowed on him. Are you familiar with that piece? I even bought a few sheets of scratchboard and scratch tool hoping to do that piece.

I'll post a piece I did today. The face was inspired by a villain from Boris Vallejo's work but I changed him to totally Japanese and the hands are mine.

"Incantations"

Academic Heavyweight Sketchbook 80 lbs 8.5x11 inch
Daniel Smith watercolor in my lego palette

I wanted to use only 3 colors - light brown, yellow and blue but I needed something darker so added a golden yellow color. It worked more or less.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Apr-2010/86669-wc_hornedjapanese.jpg

This could be a monster that appears in any Japanese old ghoulish tales. I am finally comfortable with watercolor portraits and felt such freedom painting it and composing as I go along.

I did a superhero piece in oil pastel but I haven't grasped the medium totally yet so I won't post it yet. Still practicing.

azulparsnip
04-28-2010, 07:16 AM
Brian - That Durer is THE MAN....and this guy you did here has alot of good things going on. I love the shading on the folds of flesh- oh, gee it is good all the way around. YES - copying art we like is so growing- us -up stuff.

Ryan - I like the guy without the cape. The cape ties the thought process down to "hey, when is he gonna take off and get that joker by the throat" machinations.......
here you've got " just me on this rock....now what?" - simple ..
I'd forgotten about doing that sketch until I returned here just now so as soon as I get off here - that is my mark...cape or no cape!!

Sandra - woaha - you laid out a pile of bread for those first rate art tools! Those hands are wonderful - though if they go with the face they need a little more tension. I like the rope in the background. The illustrator's thread is Children's illustrators. Doing a straight illustrators thread would be good...is Durer counted as an illustrator? I don't keep that delination religiously. I love Daniel Smith watercolors....just need to use up what I have and then,,hehehe...but that will take a while.....I did just put down some dough for silk screen materials......from Daniel Smith - they are in the mail.:rolleyes: goodie goodie....

brianvds
04-28-2010, 11:48 AM
Brian, a great copy of the master Durer. You know, I've been trying to locate a piece of his lithograph where he drew the beast that rose from the sea in the bible. I couldn't find it no matter how many books I borrowed on him. Are you familiar with that piece?

Perhaps you mean this one?

http://www.wga.hu/art/d/durer/2/12/2apocaly/12apocal.jpg

This is a woodcut though, not a lithograph.

I'll post a piece I did today. The face was inspired by a villain from Boris Vallejo's work but I changed him to totally Japanese and the hands are mine.


Well he sure does look thoroughly villainous... ;-)

azulparsnip
04-29-2010, 06:18 AM
Yes !!! I did get this done - calling it "into the light"

gakinme
04-30-2010, 12:13 AM
Thanks to Ron (rugman) at the Southwest forum for pointing to these free videos called Painting, Drawing Channel from the UK. You got to watch it. It has watercolor this week and Chinese paintings!!

Everyone should take a look. The program changes every Monday!!!

http://www.youtube.com/user/painting.../0/OJXRSTFKdBQ (http://www.youtube.com/user/paintinganddrawing#p/c/0/OJXRSTFKdBQ)

artbyjune
04-30-2010, 12:36 PM
That video channel is pretty good, Sandra. I watch it sometimes when I remember.

azulparsnip
04-30-2010, 01:54 PM
yes, thanks Sandra - I just got the box of art-o-mat stuff off this week and hope to get into the mustart seed garden manual of Chinese painting. Watching this video has been a good starter!

brianvds
05-01-2010, 11:40 PM
It's a rainy day here - maybe I can get to some art fun!

Electric burner on stove melted and arced thru the teakettle melting a hole in it!!!! Woooohoo , was that ever exciting!

I'm still waiting for photos of the exciting event... :D

gakinme
05-02-2010, 03:16 PM
Robin, great pen work there. And I like the lighting.

Brian, thanks for the link but that's not it. I did another search today and I found it finally.

It's Gustave Dore's piece - The Destruction of Leviathan.

Can you imagine replicating this one with scratchart. OMG....haha....I'll first have to draw it with white pencil on that board first.

http://www.creationism.org/images/DoreBibleIllus/nIsa27010Dore_TheDestructionOfLeviathanL.jpg

Here is a smaller view one.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/mrbeange/603598604/in/set-72157600455249375/

brianvds
05-02-2010, 10:32 PM
Robin, great pen work there. And I like the lighting.

Brian, thanks for the link but that's not it. I did another search today and I found it finally.

It's Gustave Dore's piece - The Destruction of Leviathan.

Can you imagine replicating this one with scratchart. OMG....haha....I'll first have to draw it with white pencil on that board first.

http://www.creationism.org/images/DoreBibleIllus/nIsa27010Dore_TheDestructionOfLeviathanL.jpg

Here is a smaller view one.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/mrbeange/603598604/in/set-72157600455249375/
Cool monster! I am quite a fan of Dore's work. Like most artists of his time, he really could draw!

That site you got it from is a neat resource. I can't say I agree with their science, but they have lots of very cool images! :D

trafford
05-03-2010, 08:03 AM
Wow, I have to catch up.

Ryan, like your sketches with and without the cape, though without is probably more dramatic.

Brian, you always find time to slip in some art work. Another wonderful drawing.

Sandra, a pretty fierce villian. The hand has such power.

Robin, what can I say, you know I'm a big fan of your pen and ink work.

Well, we are on to the May cafe. What happened to April?..It sure sped by. :heart:

azulparsnip
05-03-2010, 02:41 PM
Brian - this is a link to one of my most ardent fans -- with photos of the electric mayhem http://fuzzynoid.blogspot.com/

brianvds
05-11-2010, 01:17 AM
Brian - this is a link to one of my most ardent fans -- with photos of the electric mayhem http://fuzzynoid.blogspot.com/

Yikes! That could have ended badly!

I have a worse catastrophe now: my microwave oven is infested with cockroaches! Aaargh! And the thing can apparently not screw open so that I can clean it out.

I think it might be safer for all of us to return to the somewhat labour intensive but highly reliable cooking technology of 10 000 B.C.