Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Process Work

I haven't gotten around to scanning all the sketches and other process work for all the paintings I did last semester, but as soon as I do I'll post them along with their final paintings, which are already up.

In the Boudoir...

"Juicy Piglet"
Acrylic and pen on 12" x 16" illustration board.

I had a lot of fun coming up with the concept for this painting. It's based on a love letter I found on my car, which was parked in the school parking lot. The thing is, the letter wasn't for me. Yep...the amorous, lovestruck young girl took the time to write a letter (on Hello Kitty stationary, no less) to her beloved "Ricky boo," throw sparkly confetti all over it, fold it up into a nice heart shape, and attach a black ribbon to it, only to place it on the wrong car. Poor thing.

The message itself expressed how proud she was of him and that she loved him, etc. etc...It is signed "Juicy Piglet." How she got that nickname I don't even want to know, but it led me to come up with the idea of this painting. I wanted Juicy Piglet to be really intense, almost psychotic in her obsession over the guy. I also referenced certain parts of the letter in the painting: the heart-shaped sofa recalls the heart-shaped letter, the black ribbon she's using to choke him is the black ribbon attached to the letter, and of course the pig mask refers to Juicy Piglet herself.

I'm not sure the technique I used (acrylic washes) was the right technique for this painting, seeing how things are kind of dull and there isn't as much contrast as I would have liked, but I was trying something new.

This painting is based on a limerick:

There was a young lady from Niger
Who smiled as she rode on a tiger.
They returned from the ride
With the lady inside
And the smile on the face of the tiger.

Instead of having her riding on the tiger's back, I decided that it would be more interesting to have her riding in its mouth. She's unaware that she'll soon be in the tiger's belly. Uh-oh!

(The image is a bit hazy in some areas because I hadn't scanned it before I varnished it. The actual painting is quite shiny...and magical).

Helio elements

This painting was featured in a fall 2007 issue of Helio Magazine along with some fellow illustrators at Otis. Each creature is creating a Helio symbol out of its particular element.

Kevin Barnes (?)

This is a portrait of Kevin Barnes, lead singer of the band of Montreal. It's from a photo. This was a "practice" painting, in which I was trying the technique of dry-brushing on a textured surface.

Finished "Hell" Painting (concept II)


Watercolor, ink, and acrylic on illustration board.

Finished "Hell" Painting


Mixed media on 9" x 12" wood plaque.