Looking through one of my old sketchbooks

Hey there, hello again!

I have this sketchbook that I carry around with me from time to time, but sadly, I don’t draw in nearly as much as I’d like.  I realized yesterday that it is time to retire it as there are only like 2 blank pages left.

Not that those blank pages couldn’t be filled! I just got uninspired with the content from the last few years of drawing in it. Basically, I think my work was starting to suck over the past maybe 8 yrs or so?  What’s interesting though, is that there was a window of time documented in the sketchbook where I was having a really good run and making some interesting art.

This was circa 2006. I remember I was working at Sony Imageworks at the time, living in Venice, CA., and what I think inspired me greatly was that my friend and coworker Len was getting an artists’ group together on a weeknight every week, to draw and talk about art. I learned so much back then! I also began to use these little art pens that have one fine tip at one end and the other end is like a paintbrush. It began this path of mine that led me to just let my mind wander and doodle and then refine my doodles until it made an interesting picture.

At that time in my life, since I lived in Venice, I decided to spend my weekends riding my bicycle down the beach bike path, bringing my sketchbook with me. So I’d ride along, exploring, and then make stops where I would draw, and comment on what I was drawing, and take in the scenery and then move on again. I spent a whole summer, maybe two, doing this and it was great!!!

Anyway.  I thought I’d share some of the best sketchbook entries from this time period. I thought it was fun to read some of the comments I’d made about people-watching and general observations on things at that time frame. (for instance, I had a crush on a guy at work that wasn’t panning out to what I wished it would be… if I only knew that only 4 years later I’d marry a wonderful guy that I hadn’t met yet!)  Also, it was REALLY fun to just scribble something down and then elaborate my artwork to whatever seemed fun to go with, as you will see in some of the color scans I’d made. It was fun to look at this stuff so I thought it might make a good inspirational post to want to create more art.

At some point after that, however, I just stopped drawing and creating as much interesting stuff, so when I returned to this sketchbook and drew anything, it discouraged me because it wasn’t coming out to be so interesting or even very good. So for years since, I drew in it from time to time but it wasn’t making me feel great about the content. That sucks! I resolve to start a new sketchbook and draw in it nearly every day that I can. Maybe even the stuff that sucks is okay. Just as long as I’m drawing/doodling/making art.

Okay, here goes… I’m posting many scans I just made tonight of my old sketchbook, for inspiration!

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Artists

I stumbled upon this YouTube video when I was researching tutorials on how to create matte paintings. I found it to be interesting, and I like what the Blender people are doing with making videos to help artists.

We are the creators and dreamers of the world, and if we just sit and do nothing, we don’t contribute anything.  If we just wish for spare time in our busy lives, in order to create original artwork, or music, or stories, or crafts, etc etc etc, we will most likely go to our graves feeling regret for not having accomplished anything we wished for.

I know I am speaking for myself, for sure!! But, I know that others are the same as me.

Anyway, here is the link to the video “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Artists”:

goals

We have to have goals. Something to look forward to, so we can grow as human beings.

I have some goals for the upcoming year, to accomplish in 2017.  Here they are:

  • in one year’s time, I will have 5 original matte paintings to show in a portfolio/reel/website
  • in one year’s time, I will apply for a digital matte painting position at a large studio that has a great, healthy working environment and inspiring projects to work on
  • I will lose another 30 lbs and be in my best physical shape that I’ve ever been in.
  • I will be ready to run a half marathon in a year from now.
  • I will have a new and improved reel (and show it right here!) within 3 months’ time.

I look forward to posting new illustrations, paintings, and drawings in the coming year! Right here, yay!

I’ve decided that my good health, my best relationships, and my career goals are my top priority. Taking care of myself first, then branching outward to help others is the best way.

Much love and joy!

Happy New Year!

Hey there!! It’s been 5 years since my last post.

I actually forgot about this and instantly when I looked at everything and was able to access this again, I want to write again!

I want to continue to share updates with artwork, latest vfx reels, as well as future ideas for projects and also some stories.  I want to write about some past adventures I’ve had, any present ones and also about all the things I’ve learned in the last 5 yrs or so.  Let’s see how this evolves, and maybe it will just be me writing a journal to myself. That’s fine, too.

This is great!!  I am very blessed.  What a great start to the new year, 2017!!!

The picture below is a photo I took in 2005 at the Brewery artwalk open house.

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Landscape painting

Here is a quick painting I did using Photoshop.  Used a photo as reference only, and painted with brush strokes and smeared edges.  I was focusing primarily on practicing painting clouds.  I think I am ready to start cutting-and-pasting my next paintings to get a more photorealistic look, like what matte painters do nowadays.

Here it is:

Purging

I decided that I want to get back into traditional painting as well as learning how to use Photoshop to create purty pictures.

As I stare at my stacks of unfinished paintings on my drawing table, I realize that I am just leaving clutter and I’ll never really get back to ‘fixing’ these half-assed works.  I’m cutting the cord and throwing them out.  They’re junky and clunky.

I scanned a couple of them, to keep images of the parts that I do like about the paintings.  But now that I’ve done this, I am chucking them.  Kind of a relief, really.

I wanted to post the parts that I scanned.

  

Oh and I started working on another piece in Photoshop- a nice landscape.  I’ll post again when I’ve finished.

 

My first portrait done in Photoshop

   I’ve been learning how to use Photoshop lately, and on the side I decided to work on stuff that I choose to do as well.  I used a photo as a reference but painted this all myself, to practice using the tools and brushes.  I think I like it a lot.  It’s like painting in oils but not messy!!

More to follow.  I may attempt to go ahead and try doing a matte painting tutorial and get some practice and hopefully have some stuff ready for my portfolio.  I’ll post those as I go along and learn.  It’s fun being a student again!