Wednesday, March 26, 2008

New Markers!

I was so excited to try out my new copic markers! And I've been converted. They remind me of watercolors--though I was a little frustrated because the sky in each of these turned out a little too dark. If anyone knows how to make a lighter, more smooth gradient I'd be forever grateful.

These are all studies of Geneva Steel for my lighting project. Felt like a spy or something sneaking back across the street to take pictures and draw every couple of hours... Pretty fun.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Dragon Maquette

I'm pretty happy with how this one came out. Though I wish I could lengthen his neck now... The scale detail work really helped helped it look more like a dragon. Oddly enough it had looked more like a sheep than a dragon before... (At least his expression did.)

Friday, March 7, 2008


This is my first project for my sculpture class. For an intro class, I was surprised we started with bronze--but it was really awesome. We did the actual sculpting with wax first, adding air tubes and channels for the bronze to flow through. Then we dipped it in slurry (plaster of some sort) and sand to create a shell... Then melted the wax out of the plaster mold... And then poured the bronze. And then we weren't even done. But it was worth the time in the end. Though I have to say working with molten metal was intense. The teacher was going on about how we shouldn't be surprised if someone got their eyebrows singed off and that sort of thing. I thought he was joking then, but I'm not so sure anymore.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Missionary Sketch

They look a bit young. But then again--missionaries don't feel as old as they used to any more. One of my close friends just left on his mission today and he was already set apart so I couldn't even give him a hug. Sad, but I guess the Lord can have him for a while. *laughs* Hope that wasn't too blasphemous.

46 Hours Later

So I finished my first maquette! It was more frustrating and more gratifying than I could have imagined. Really the only thing I would have changed are the eyes. Definitely have more respect for Hoffman's work now.

This is a detective type character that I've been thinking about developing for a while. No, he doesn't have a name... Yet. It'll come eventually. The dragon maquette is going to be the problem now. I definitely feel done--but have yet to finish him. It's so cool though! Life consuming, but pretty amazing when it all starts coming together.