Thursday, October 11, 2007
My first concept for the Heaven/Hell project is that Hell is a world without color.
I'm going to paint this to look like one of those old-fashioned paintings. Everything from the bottom half of the "tear" in the drawing will be in full color, and everything above will be left blank except for the skull, which will be rendered in black & white. I'm painting it on wood; the background is going to be an actual wallpaper that I'll stick to the wood. I'm going to paint the bottom half and tear off the top half so it looks like the wallpaper has worn away and the wood wall in the world of the painting is showing up.
The woman is holding a white lily, which represents purity and is apparently a common flower placed on graves. I thought since it was white your eye would be led back and forth from the flower in the bottom half to the white skull in the top half.
I chose to do it in a Victorian style because those old Victorian photographs always look so melancholy and dreary.
I can't wait to start painting this! Now I need to finish my sketch for my second 'Hell' concept...
Sunday, October 7, 2007
This was a drawing I did for a postcard that I have to send to my teacher. It was a square piece of board, so I wanted people to be able to view it four different ways. I don't really like how the colors came out because I'm not so good with markers, but I scanned the line drawing so it's ok...
Color Sharpies on square illustration board.
Wile E. Coyote in the style of Frans Hals. The original painting is supposed to be a reminder of one's mortality, so I thought Coyote would be the perfect character for this spoof. The blue feather is supposed to be Roadrunner's feather!
Oil on 9" x 12" canvas.
Kappas are Japanese water demons that carry water in their bowl-like heads.
To illustrate my "Otis experience" I've made the liquid in their heads their "creative juices." They're sharing their creativity with each other, reflecting the team work and general good will you see among the illustrators at Otis.
Oil on 9" x 12" masonite.