IMC 2013 - Day Seven

Here's the belated IMC last-day post! So, on the last day, we cleaned up the studios and set up our finished (or still-in-progress) paintings on display. Unfortunately, I can't post any of those amazing illustrations yet, because some of them were still unfinished, and I need to get permission from the artists. I will post several of my favorites in a few weeks.

While wandering around admiring the art, everyone signed everyone else's sketchbooks. Here are just a few of the scribbles I collected:

Dragons

Julie Bell and Boris Vallejo gave me a pair of dragons.

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Rebecca Guay drew an elf. Irene Gallo, Julia Singh, Dirk Tiede, and Judy Riggenbach also gave me doodles and signatures.

Over the week, people had also been drawing on the whiteboard in the dorm's common room:

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The IMC this year (and last year) has been one of the best weeks of my life. I learned and laughed so much, and had a few crises along the way, but so did everyone else. We're all mad here.

IMC 2013 - Day Four

Today I took the best parts of my sketches and mashed them together in Gimp, blew it up to the size I wanted, reversed the image, printed it, drew over it, flipped it over on top of my illustration board, and did a rubbing transfer. (Yes, it's a weird, complicated process.)

Then I began drawing over the transfer.

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Rebecca Guay helped me design some interesting flowy robes for Loki. (I love Rebecca's paintings. As a child I loved the book covers she painted without ever knowing her name, until last year when I finally connected the name with the illustrations.)

So. Painting tomorrow!

IMC 2013 - Day Three

Today I began by obsessing over bones and muscles. I want my painting to have a very Classical/Grecian statue mood. Florence_statue_hercules_killing_the_centaur

(Update: a reader has informed me that this is a statue of Hercules fighting Nessus, sculpted by Giambologna.)  I found this amazing statue in one of my Google searches, but I can't find the name of the artist. This is Hercules fighting a centaur. I love that hand pressing against Hercules' chest. I want to use that hand.

So I went back to my reference photos and began piecing together arms and legs and torsos.

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At this point Donato told me to stop obsessing over musculature and concentrate on the faces, since the faces are the most important thing-- that's where the viewer's eye will linger, and the emotion on the faces is what will make the painting.

So I went and drew emotive faces.

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James Gurney came today to give a lecture. He walked around the studios and stopped to talk with me for a while. He said he loved those heads!

Several other people thought that these faces weren't expressive enough, so I turned on Youtube and got Tom Hiddleston's face and drew sad Loki and screaming Loki. That ought to be emotive enough.

In the end, I decided I really like that second pair of Thor and Loki heads. Those are the faces I'm going with. This is a moment of calm in the midst of the battle, when Thor has to decide if he really has the strength of will to bring that hammer down on Loki.

IMC 2013 - Day Two

Most of today was spent taking reference photos for our paintings.  Yesterday in my critique group, Julie Bell told me that I needed to stop making thumbnails (since I had a good one) and go straight to the photoshoot, because I had a complicated pose that couldn't really be conceptualized without reference photos. The students and faculty here are wonderful about posing for references.   I posed for three valkyries, two Daeneryses, and one Titania.  (Norse stuff, Game of Thrones, and A Midsummer Night's Dream are all among this year's illustration assignments.)

I found two amazing models for Thor and Loki! We shot the photos outside because the sky was nicely overcast, what Dan Dos Santos called "perfect Bouguereau lighting," which is exactly what I want for this painting.

I associate Bouguereau with soft, graceful paintings of angels, children, and Madonnas.  However, on a Google search for more of his art, I found this:

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Look at the muscles! This is a scene from Dante's Inferno.  Dante and Virgil are standing in the background, watching.

Now that I have my photo references, back to sketching.

Chalk Magic

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Watercolor on illustration board. 20″ x 14.5″

While the city bakes in the sun, she dreams of water.

I spent too long on this painting because I kept changing my mind. Originally the city was supposed to be very grimy and dark, but as I worked on the design, it gained a sort of Middle-Eastern atmosphere: dry, sunny, and hot.

The view through "window" in the wall was supposed to show an opposite of the city. Originally this was a green forest, then a garden, then a bright ocean. After painting in the ocean, I decided that this wasn't different enough from the lighting and mood of the city. I added some pink and darker blue, and made it a sea at sunset.

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The Hart's Cry

Watercolor on illustration board. 22" x 14".

Fáeth Fiada, the hart's cry. Based upon a legend of St. Patrick. He and some of his early Christian followers were attacked by druids. He prayed to God, who sent a mist that turned St. Patrick and the Christians into deer. They escaped the druids into the forest.

I arise today Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity, Through a belief in the Threeness, Through confession of the Oneness Of the Creator of creation...

I arise today Through the strength of heaven; Light of the sun, Splendor of fire, Speed of lightning, Swiftness of the wind, Depth of the sea, Stability of the earth, Firmness of the rock.

-The Lorica of St. Patrick

Creepy Druids

So I've been working on the St. Patrick's painting. (See the drawing here.) I'm making a sincere effort to make these menacing druids very creepy, because I don't usually paint creepy. The druid on the far right has a blurry lump for a face right now, because instead of an ominous stare he ended up with sort of an angry pig expression, so I rubbed out the paint. I'll try again tomorrow to give him a face...I've been sick the past few weeks, and I find that drains a lot of my energy.

Also, I looked at my blog stats and realized I now have 98 followers! Very amazing!  Thank you to everyone who's following me.   :-)