Tuesday, November 22, 2011

art on transit

This is one of my submissions for the Art on Transit program that Translink is doing. Translink is the Vancouver bus system. Character looks familiar, yes? I liked my initial drawing, and wanted to expand it and find out more about this creature. I tried a few different tails (shark tail, dolphin tail, etc.) but settled on more of a lizard-ish tail.

digital (Illustrator and little bit Photoshop)

Expanded pencil sketch/drawing.

Screen shots of in-process work. I initially jumped right into color, and then proceeded to confuse myself. So I went back to straight black and white to try to wrestle out the values.

In-process changing the greyscale to color.

Whole finished guy. Overall pretty happy with it.
digital (Illustrator)

Sunday, November 20, 2011

I Guan A Fish.

Aquatint etching project. Had fun with this one. :)

Aquatint is not really what I thought it was, but I like it because it introduces tone to the etching process. I thought it would be like a painterly or watery effect ("aqua"-tint). But nope, modern aquatint is spraying the copper plate with spray paint. Maybe I will look up the origins of "aquatint"... must have originally had something to do with water, right?

etching (aquatint & soft ground)

I remembered to take process pics this time. This is the copper plate part-way through the etching process. Aquatint is done at this point, but the background is blank.

Getting the plate ready to put into the acid bath. The background of the print is done with soft ground. I applied the ground, then put saran wrap on my plate and ran it thru the press, so the texture is imprinted into the ground. All the shiny lines that you see is the exposed copper. That is what will etch. The black-ish stuff covering the fish image is hard ground. All of the "grounds" are acid-resistant, so anything I covered with the hard ground (the fish) is protected from the acid when I put the plate in the acid bath. So only the background part of the plate will etch.

I don't know if any of that made sense. It's kinda hard to understand until you see a demonstration. I didn't even understand aquatint the first time around with a demo. :)

Sketch/drawing that I did for fun, and am now using for three projects! hooray! Sort-of less work, but not really! :)


It's that time of year again! DECK show time. :)

I'm a little late for promo-ing the opening (it was on saturday night), but if you are in Vancouver, you can check out the show (and possibly buy a board if you're so inclined).

DECK is on till January, so it's up for a while yet.
at The Fall gallery and tattooing: 644 Seymour Street.

acrylic on skateboard

I just slightly tweaked my board from last year. Too many things to do, not enough time. :)

Tuesday, November 08, 2011


Went to the VFS life drawing on the weekend. Good times. The model was really good, but alas, the longest poses they did were five minutes. Too short for my slow drawing. But, we did warm-up (30 sec. poses) for at least 30 minutes, which was nice. I think I need that loosening up time. Need to remember to do that when I work on school projects....

All drawings done with pencil or graphite (woodless pencil).

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

package party.

Phew! Packaging is finally done for the student art sale! That took way longer than I thought it would. Oh well, better than working on an essay. :)

If you are in the Vancouver area this weekend - Emily Carr University is having a Student Art Sale! Friday, Saturday and Sunday (Nov. 4th-6th).