This blog...

...was initially for pieces done on a computer, but has since become a free-for-all. Here you'll find process work (digital and otherwise), sketch pages and studies, sometimes with commentary.

You can see the rest of my work here.

Remember kids : if you can't make pretty designs, at least make pretty lines!


Friday, September 27, 2013

Substrata -- Week 17 Recap

The final -- and I mean final -- push!

Top (left to right) : Jason Pichon, Kurt Papstein, Adrian Dadich
Middle (left to right) : Sergey Popov, Garrett Hanna, Emerson Tung
Bottom (left to right) : Kirk Quilaquil, Max Gon, David Sequeira

Project info here.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Monday, September 23, 2013

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Substrata -- Week 16 Recap

Each of these images has been SEVERELY cropped.  To tease you.

Top (left to right) : Jason Pichon (after Sebastian Hagelstein), Haofeng Liao, Jian Li
Bottom : Toph Gorham

Project info here.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Friday, September 13, 2013

Thursday, September 12, 2013


3 more comps done with my abstract method...

Projected Symmetry And You

Wednesday, September 11, 2013


Mush Mellow

Durka Durka Durka

Substrata -- Week 15 Recap

October looms, but the crew keeps cranking!

Top (left to right) :  Helen Rusovich, Hide Hu, Eric Spitler
Middle (left to right) : Tamara Bakhlycheva, Sam Lamont, Svetoslav Petrov
Bottom (left to right) : Nicholas De Spain, Naomi Baker, David Sequeira

Project info here.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

2 figure compos cntd.

...using the method set forth last weekend.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Girl/Girl Compo Experiment

I'm in the process of fine-tuning this approach into something Babe Lab-able, but if you let the ABSTRACT influence your 'intimate couple' shots rather than individual body parts, you'll get a more conjoined look.

1) Establish a 'portrait' or 'landscape' canvas orientation.
2) Abstractly partition the canvas into unequal 'active' and 'inactive' areas.  This can be almost anything, but keep it fairly streamlined.  DO NOT THINK ABOUT BODY PARTS AT THIS STAGE.
3) Partition the 'active' area into two unequal parts.  These will become a holding space for the two figures.  You want one to dominate.
4) Toss in some random diagonals for design grist.
5) Divide the canvas into thirds (represented by green dots here).
6) Use all of the above as a ROUGH spatial division plan, placing something of focal interest at one of the four third points.  Break from the abstract as needed, but try to keep its essence.


To randomize step 6, which is where the bulk of your invention will take place, go to the folder on your hard drive where you save all your naugty .jps (Don't pretend you don't have one.), and create a slideshow which changes every 15 seconds.  Use this to give your brain flashes of situations, angles, hairstyles and wardrobes to use in your compositions.  DO NOT LINGER ON ANY ONE IMAGE.

As a further test, I tried having a friend make a random shape for me and seeing what I could get out of it. I also had them choose the orientation of the dominant figure [represented below in red], 'bottom, left.'  Past attempts at drawing intimate couples failed because of this lack of a dominant figure, but the *really* encouraging news is that a figure (especially a partially obscured figure) can be fit into any simple abstract.  Your subconscious will have fun deciding how. The abstract is the answer!

Smiles, everyone, smiles!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Wednesday, September 4, 2013