Month: August 2013

Cylinders and Floating Cast Shadows


Some really thrilling stuff I’ve been working on in my Digital Painting class. Learning lots about lighting. Probably the most I’ve learnt about lighting in my whole academic art career.


I want to post this video along with this image because it really helped me and it explains what is happening beautifully. Perspective and light are mighty complex. 


Syn Studio Life Drawing Workshop #1 – 20min Pose


I did some longer poses during this workshop, but I think this is my favourite drawing. Why? It’s not really that it’s ‘loose’ – too many people get attached to that quality in art as if it’s magic. I’m more happy with how the lines are direct, assertive, and minimal. I’m happy with the texture of the watercolour, and how it’s also minimal, while creating a sense of realism. The expression looks natural and like there is a real person behind it. The composition is pretty good. It makes me happy to see this in my own work when it’s done this quickly. This is a record of how streamlined my brain has become with art and I am happy to see the progress. Mistakes and salad fingers aside.

10 min. sketch from model, 10 min. watercolour

There’s more work like this on my website under 2013. (Update – Year labels have been removed from my site. It would be under a life drawing section. Have a look around!)

Syn Studio Life Drawing Workshop #1 – 2min Sketches

I brought watercolours to the workshop to challenge myself. In the past, I’ve exclusively worked with charcoal or markers. I never would use a water medium… teachers would insist I would, but we were drawing on newsprint. You can’t use water on that shit. I bought a pad of watercolour paper so I can make a legit attempt.


Two minutes isn’t a lot of time to reign control over wet watercolours though.


Drowning Panel – Finished Art

Here is the good quality image of the final artwork. Please see my website for other panels and other art, of course: I promised myself I’d actually follow up on what I am blogging about. If you’re interested in sharing this image, please use the sharing buttons on my website or link to this post; do not repost this.


Interesting that I spent 6 hours total on this piece of work over the course of a few days. Then, it lays on top of my scanner for 3 weeks before I get off my ass and actually scan it. That’s how lazy I am.