Friday, June 20, 2014

Monday, June 16, 2014

Lovely Day for a Stroll

Finished up this piece over the weekend. Super fun working large for a change. Making art is always fun, but making art for conservation purposes is the ultimate combo for me.  Had an ear to ear grin the entire time I was painting this. This going to be available for silent auction at "Longnecks for Longnecks" a Giraffe Conservation Foundation fundraising event this week. More information about the event below.  If you're in the area come on down, raise a couple brewskies for the giraffeskies and help raise some dough for a great foundation. 

Thursday, June 19th, 2014
6:00 pm
Irish Times Pub & Restaurant 
8869 Burlington Ave, Brookfield, IL 60513
Donations benefit the Giraffe Conservation Foundation

In lieu of the 25% discount on food (for zoo staff and volunteers only) at Irish Time Pub and Restaurant, the 25% will be donated to Giraffe Conservation Foundation.

Non zoo crew members can also show their support! Just let the good people at Irish Times know you're there for the event and 15% of your tab will be donated for the cause!

There will also be a silent auction with giraffe themed art.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Giant Salamander (Andrias japonicus)

Watched a neat show about these guys at friends house a bit ago. Finally got around to tossing him in to the sketchbook this week. 

They are super neat GINOURMOUS nocturnal amphibians. Totally a  living relic form the Upper Jurassic period that can grow up to 5 feet in length. They are born with gills, and as they mature the gills disappear.  The rest of their adult life is spent gill-less and breathing through their skin. Apparently when these guys get spooked they excrete a super stinky milky substance that smells like pepper. Wow! Describing them sounds like a series of insults. You aint nothin but a big, beady-eyed, slimy, skin breathin', night walkin', pepper smellin' chump! hahaha. 

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Speed Painting

Tried my hand at speed painting last night. Lately I've been kind of getting down on myself with how slow I can be when working on seemingly simple pieces. I tend to overthink things waaaay to much and constantly find myself wrapped up in limitations either prescribed by work/clients or myself. While I do enjoy problem solving, I'm finding I need some sort of mental rinse before I crash out for the night. Otherwise I'll just end up staring at the black ceiling stewing about how much work I have ahead of me or how I could of done things differently. 

Enter Speed Painting. I've been eyeballing a bunch of amazingly talented artists throw down some digital pieces crazy quick to either warm up, do some value studies, or just blow my mind with how awesome they are. It was super intimidating to me. Time limits!!! Out of my comfort zone looking stuff!!! No Plan???  NO GRACIAS!...buuuut I figured why not at least give it a try. 

I gave myself 20 minutes with some photo reference and gave it a go.  This is what I got done. While I can come up with a million things I did wrong with this piece I'm not sweating it. 
This was crazy satisfying! It served its purpose of letting me cut loose, zone out for 20 minutes and not obsess over the decisions or process. Just make marks and move on making changes, adding stuff, reworking areas on the fly. It felt really organic and way more fluid than I expected. I really enjoyed doing this and it got the rendering bug out of my system for sure. As an added bonus I slept like a baby last night. While I wont be giving up my sketchbook any time soon...this was a welcome break and help me tackle some fears for sure. Fun times!