Thursday, May 31, 2012

Weird Tree

Decided to watch some videos on cool techniques for watercolors. Learned that you can make tree branches by blowing on a wet spot with a straw. It's tough to control, but makes kind of a cool effect if it's done right. Going to have to practice this more.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Watercolor Tree

Decided to play with my paints again. This time watercolors!!! Last time I tried them I was so frustrated, but I loooooove how watercolor paintings look so I gave it another try. Did this tree from imagination. It's not great, but loads better than my first watercolor attempt. Plus I had a ton of fun with it =)

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Mother's Day Painting

My mom likes orangutans, so I painted her one for mother's day. First time ever using acrylics and
i learned that it is hard. Dries super fast and I don't have any experience with mixing paints, so getting the colors I wanted was pretty difficult.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Good Morning Forest

Made this forest thingy from my imagination. I think the highlights are waaaay too bright. If I were to spend more time on it I wouldn't have used a custom brush for the leaves, but it's 1:30am and i'm tired.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Learning Abstract and Cubism

I always thought abstract drawing and paintings were just stupid random shapes thrown onto a paper, but I learned otherwise in class today. It's about how our brains work. When we look at things like guitars we usually focus on single parts of it. With cubism, each part is on a different plane and brings your attention to individual parts rather than the whole picture.

This drawing was a just a practice for what we are gonna do next week. We traced playing cards and added shadows and highlight to bring different planes forward and other back.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Snowy Mountains

Continuing on my theme with mountains so I can get better at them with these plain ole snowy mountains. Little ones on the right could use some work. =P

Dark Forest

Gggaaahhhh....thought this was gonna come out all cool, but it was soooooo much harder than I thought it would be.



Monday, May 7, 2012

Lonely Cherry Blossom

    Focusing on one thing at a time. Decided to start with mountains, so here is a lonely little cherry blossom tree blowing its little peddles everywhere and looking out over the icy mountains in the back ground. Not sure how a cherry blossom would get onto a rocky mountain, but it's my favorite tree, so...yeah.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Misty Mountains

Just another quicky I threw together before work. Made this one up, mostly just trying to experiment with brushes and textures.

Saturday, May 5, 2012


Another tough one. Trying to figure out how to make water. I think i'm going to have to do some research and look at other artist's work to learn it. Was going to finish the boats in the background, but way ran out of time. They are now telephone poles with strings =D

time: 1 hour 30 minutes



Purple Tree

Just a little quickie drawing before work. I dunno why I drew a purple tree, it's 6:00am and it just seemed like it would be fun.

clay house

This one was a lot harder than I thought it would be. The colors especially were hard to pick out.

time: 1 hour



Friday, May 4, 2012

grassy hills

After looking at some other people speedpaintings, i've realized that simply looks much better. In my last two I was preoccupied with getting the details right and they came out sharp and weird looking. I tried to simplify this one and experiment with brushes a bit. I've got a long way to go but i'm pretty happy with how this one came out compared to the others.

time: 1 hour



Thursday, May 3, 2012

mountain lake

This one was much harder than the first. I think i got the colors better, but the structure of it isn't that great. It looks pretty awful =P

Time: 1 hour 30 minutes




Going to do 1 of these everyday possible. This is my first. Was pretty off in the colors. The picture is definitely more red and mine is more yellow. I also need to make it more contrasty.

time: 1 hour



Tuesday, May 1, 2012

ink painting

dipping brushes in india ink and water.......worst thing evveerrrr...

couldn't resist =D

cats flying WW2 planes attacking platypuses riding roman chariots