Sketch Dump


It’s been a few weeks since I manged to post a #sketchaday, that doesn’t mean I haven’t been sketching!  Here is some of my daily sketches from the last few weeks:

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I am a huge fan of Cyberpunk, Steampunk, and Retro Sci-fi Styles, this is a piece I doodled awhile ago and finally got around to redoing. sad_spaceship1

Spaceship Designs, for the Solarian Race(They will get their own post soon!)sad_talon

 

Halfling Sorcerer from a Pathfinder game I played in.  Did the sketch in preparation for racial art paintings in my Homebrew Worlds wiki. ShipConcept

Another ShipSillyFish

More Silly Fish.SillyFishTwo

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Here are two older ones, from the tail end of 2012.  A female Goblin to go with my Gobo-series.  I will do a full post on the soon. tribalseahorse copy

 

And a very quick tribal Seahorse sketch done for a client(and not used).

More Soon!  I am still Sketching, just bad at post! 😦

-TheGrav

New DSLR


A few weeks ago I lost my lens cap, while having an EPIC BATTLE, with a one day old Harbor seal!   I swear his cuteness made me drop my lens cap…

Anyway, I went to the camera store to get a new one and BOUGHT A NEW CAMERA…. cause that is what you do with your tax return…Invest it in your future!  I picked up the Nikon D7000 with a 18-105 lens, I love it so far.  Here is a taste of what it can do, this is the first test picture I took…

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I should be doing photoblog posts more regularly again 🙂

-TheGrav

Blood Skies, a few Sketches…


A few weeks ago, an author I follow on twitter announced an awesome deal, the first book in his current series was free on the Kindle.  So naturally I had to check it out.

In his series Blood Skies, Steven Montano has managed to rekindle my faith in humanity and our ability to realize that monsters need to stay monsters.  Anne Rice, while she based her writing style on one of my all time favorite horror writers: H.P Lovercraft, began a trend that saw vampires emasculated, feminized, de-fanged, and then rolled in glitter.  I am not a huge fan of “modern” vampires.  But Steven Montano has brought them back, made them ugly, horrible, purpose driven monsters, and then crafted a world around them that astounds me in its detail.

Also a few of my “forgot” short stories and screenplay treatments share a few broad strokes in common with his beautiful crafted world… Almost a “great minds think alike.. and so do horror authors minds”, scenario.  Blood Skies is the first novel in the series and it is a great military/sci-fi story, set in an awesome and deadly world.  At this point I have made it to book 3 and at this rate, well he better write them faster… if he pulls and R.R. Martin on me…

Anyway, like other great examples in media, his books inspired me to make a few sketches, and those are the subject of today’s post.

First we have Eric Cross the main character:cross

Next is a Shadowclaw Vampire, kinda like a badass Navy Seal but with fangs…

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Take a moment to check out Steven Montano’s website. 

-TheGrav

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The MOAR Monster…


An artist, an 18 month old, a sketch book, and a stack of crayons.  I was acting as a nanny to my roommates kiddo a few months back, and as an artist myself I liked to encourage him to take crayons to paper and go nuts.

We ended up doing a hybrid form of collaborative work.  I would sketch a line, he would scribble, only stopping to choose a new color and pointing to where he wanted me to place my next set of lines.  It was an exercise in showing him, how and where to color, but it became a freeing experience for me.  (As in not on the walls!)

As artists we lose a certain amount of boundless artistic freedom the more we attend any sort of formal training.  You always have a teacher or peer telling you how “that doesn’t work”, or “that is not atomically correct”, or my favorite “you have to learn the RULES before you can break the rules and be artistic.”

WE ARE MAKING ART, not doing brain surgery.  There isn’t supposed to be a “wrong” in artistic expression, it is a way of letting emotion and feeling leak from your soul into the world.  Going through formal training I spent a lot of time learning rules and concepts, and they have made me a better designer, a better painter, a better marketer, but not a better artist. Art School did more to teach me to lock away my creative urges in a cage of technical rules.

Sketching with a 18 month old, unlocked all that bullshit.  It helped me free up my talent,  and then let that talent flow through the techniques and tools, to become something awesome.  Our combined doodles led me to do this sketch, which I later applied to canvass.

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The MOAR! Monster.  pretty simple idea, just a monster I might have sketched in 4th grade, on the corner of a  math homework assignment.  Going to an art school is a good idea, and experience, it is the teaching that needs to change.

Jay, one of the best and most influential artists and teachers I encountered while attending formal classes, He had this rule.  if you ever had to defend or come up with a reason for something in your art, just blame aliens.

“Why is this guy floating?  That isn’t physically possible and so it is just bad execution of this assignment…”  ..because it matter what the subject of the SHADING assignment is doing when the assignment was to shade a scene of the artist’s choosing. My physics professor, liked a lot of the odder sketches I did, because I kept a good concept of the PHYSICAL world in mind when I create Science Fiction and Fantasy Art.

When the physics teacher says “yeah if we could float it would look like that…”  the art teacher who didn’t take advanced science or math classes can STFU.  Anyway Jay’s rule: aliens, the dude can float cause of aliens.  Here is a teacher that attempted to unlock all those rules and let students do whatever.  However Jay was the One good teacher, we need more like him.

I am not alone in having creativity stifled by formal education.  Not because we are incapable of executing the given assignment to the fullest ability of the techniques taught; but because the professor, personally, would have chosen a different subject matter.  It would be like me teaching a class on color theory and telling a student her execution was bad because I, personal, don’t ever choose to paint puppy-dogs and sunshine.  Then turning to another student and telling her she did a good job because she painted Zero Suit Samus killing a metriod.  The Subject matter of the painting has NO impact on the use of COLOR!

On the subject of color… here is the finished painting:

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The entire project was very freeing, and inspired me to continue with a series of “my little monsters”  trying to capture that cute and simple style kids sketch.  Everything I learned in 4 plus years of different art classes, and it takes an 18 month old to show me how to grow as an artist and painter.

Yeah education in America might be broken.

-TheGrav

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MOAR! Monster is an original, 10.5 x 14 acrylic painting on canvass, numbered and signed.

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Sticker Graffiti


Another thing I hunt for… graffiti and sticker bombs..  Here are a few:

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On the walk I take with the kids (french bulldogs) every mornin`…2012-08-09_23-44-53_826

Brewery Artist Colony in LA…2012-08-09_23-45-04_250

Brewery Artist Colony in LA… 2012-08-09_23-47-08_631

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Brewery Artist Colony in LA… 2012-08-10_00-27-25_846

Parking lot of the Brewery… 2012-09-01_09-09-45_58

Milwaukee, Italian District…
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Mas Fina Cantina, Carlsbad, CA… 2012-12-22_08-57-34_79

Cable box along one of my running routes… 2013-01-13_13-19-27_959Off a Hiking trail in San Diego…

-TheGrav

 

An obsession with sunsets…


I take lots of photos of the sunset here are a few recent shots:

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On the road, between Des Moines and San Diego…valleycenter1

Playing with the depth of field and focus at my mom’s place in Valley Center, California…valleycenter2

 

Same shot, new focus…

-TheGrav

Teaching an old painting new tricks…


So a few years ago I started trying to paint an underwater scene, some of you might remember this…

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We are just gonna do the TL;DR version here.  Don’t like it, wasn’t for me, needs to be finished/changed.

Being that Octopuses are one of my favorite animals, and that I wanted to play a lot with color and form I decided on a blue ring octopus as a subject.  In case you aren’t familiar with these guys, here are a few pics!

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Here is my process on teaching this old canvass new tricks…

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Here I have used sharpie to mark out where I want to octopus to be, and with that done I have laid in a lot of the background coloring.

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Next I paint out the area that will be the octopus with white.  Paintings is about layering, and as the background is dark already, I don’t want to layer a light color like yellow, as my final painting will end up darker.  Here I am making sure that I get a nice solid, light yellow color2013-02-02_14-46-13_650

 

Not quite done yet, but here is where I am as of this morning!  More to come soon!

-TheGrav