29 January 2011

My six best, eh?

Well, not my "bestest best," per se. I don't want to post the best because 1) I'm trying to be careful about some my intellectual property that I think has potential, or 2) the artworks require censor bars so large, you won't be able to see them.

Like, for reals... I'm just that kind of artist! But I hope you enjoy what I've got:


Reflection (2010) graphite.
1. One piece that came out of my realistic rendering class. The course blew. My. MIND.... Actually, the course was very relaxing. Of course, some students couldn't stop yakking, but hey! Didn't phase my Buddha a bit.

HOSTIA, No. 9 (2010) watercolor.

2. Part 9 of 9 for a project in my traditional illustration class. It was an intense course, but I gained a better idea of who I am as an artist and what subjects I enjoy most.

But as far as I'm concerned, I don't wanna ever draw or render another rose for awhile. Ibexes are still cool. Just not roses...


Self Portrait (2011) Photoshop.

3. Hey-ho! Whaddya know? It's my current icon on Blogspot! Who is that handsome devil with the chocolatey locks? Why, it is I! "Dani"!

I've been obsessed with trying to freehand in Photoshop. When you're as bound to traditional media as I am, the only reason you go anywhere near the computer is to touch-up. If you want perfect contour lines, you'll be erasing and re-drawing the same line 20+ times.

As for my self-portrait, I've never enjoyed self-portraits. I don't even enjoy looking at photographs of myself without feeling terribly uncomfortable. I am extremely, deathly boring in real life, and whenever I've been asked to create a self-portrait, firstly, I go into instant, paralysing shock, and secondly, I always need to embellish. So, viola! Disneyfied and then some.

Anonymous water lily (2010) colored pencil.

4. Just warming up with colored pencil. Loved rendering the flower!


Eros Giving His Blessing (2010) Photoshop.

5. I love this guy for so many reasons: firstly, he was also entirely hand-drawn in Photoshop. Secondly, my background decoration was entirely my doing - hand-drawn, kiddoes! Lemme tell ya, not easy.

Thirdly, he was my first successful attempt at the Disney style. Once again, not easy to master! His proportions came out odd in the end - although, at least once, I absolutely meant to draw out of proportion, but that's another story...

Fuel (2010) colored pencil.

6. Ah! The final for my rendering course, created from stock images throughout the Web. This turned out much more successfully than the flower, and of course, I aced that class, thank the gods!

PS - Font for the copyrights on my artworks came from Dieter Steffman. Go give that man props!

27 January 2011

My first original art posting!

Usually, I don't post original art work on the Internet because just about any Joe Blow or Jane Pain can lift an artist's work right off and use the intellectual property however he or she sees fit. And while I'd be arrogant to say that all my ideas are flippin' fantastic, I certainly don't want to take any chances before registering something fancy with the patent office in the good, ol', US of A.

However, since this is an unusual circumstance - you all can guess why - I say, What the hey! What can I post at least?

God save Dover Publications, and God bless print-making!

Experiment: A Gift (c. 2008)

After taking trail-blazing illustration class back in community college, I finally decided I wanted to be an illustrator. This style of project captivated me faster than a flame captivates a moth. The media consists of transferred images from various Dover sources, along with meticulous, freehand pen and ink (about .25mm), and watercolor, all on masonite. This one went to a friend and former high school teacher.

Back to the Scholarly Grind!

Back in the university, and my plate is already full. Got two classes where I'm making professional work, which is righteous. But so many sketchbooks!

I'm gonna need to stock up on jasmine and ginger teas to keep my stress level at ORANGE, or however Homeland Security does it...