Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Convention Weekend - CTNx

 I spent this past weekend down in Burbank, attending the Creative Talent Network Expo (my first for this convention). It focuses primarily on animation and related art forms.

 It's a relatively small event, but VERY well attended (crowded crowds...)

 A number of the top companies were in attendance. Lots of portfolio reviews....

 (Big Hero 6 was very visible at the Disney booth. Lots of fun swag :-) 

 Of course, Stuart Ng was there with his delicious, hugely tempting selection of yummy art books.
There were lots of live demos, life drawing, lots of panels and workshops.....

And meeting new and/or hanging out with old friends (I got to have dinner with the lovely Terryl Whitlach all three nights there).

 Ran into a nice handful of illustrators I know (here is Zelda Devon). 
A number of people I talked to at their various booths are posted on my facebook page.

My roommate and I also made a side-trip to Universal Studios 
(since I've never been to the California version of this park).

 The weather was *perfect*, bright, blue, sunny and warm - which made all the Christmas decor appearing feel rather odd.

It was mostly one big treat of a weekend. :-)

Monday, November 24, 2014

Music Monday - White Winter Hymnal

(the Seattle airport this weekend.
Winter/Christmas has arrived already)

After getting back from sunny Southern Cal this weekend, it feels much more wintery here in the wet and grey PNW. As such, this Fleet Foxes cover by Pentatonix seem apropos: 

Monday, November 17, 2014

Music Monday - OK Go

OK Go is at it again. :-)

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Succulent Saturday - Oil Painting Workshop, last

 Last week of  the oil-painting portrait workshop. Last, 2+ hour demo from our illustrious instructor.

 Rough block-in.

 Refining areas...

 Starting to add color.

Lovely end result of demo....

 Tools of the trade...

 Then we got a turn. My initial block-in/underpainting.

 Initial color application.

 How far I got in our 2.5 hours...

Then our final critique. Compared to our first week, I think we made amazing progress! In the meantime, I have a teensy bit more of a feel for this thing called oil paint....

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Adventures in Dog-Sitting

A friend of mine is house-sitting in Costa Rica for the month of November. She was trying to figure out what to do with her darling doggeh for such an extended time.
Since her dog (Kharma - a rescued, Indian street dog), is already friends with our Toby, I volunteered to take her in. After a little bit of adjustment - mostly involving getting Kharma to not chase the cats, it's been a lovely thing for the two beasties - 

There is LOTS of wrestling...

(they are indefatigable!)

There is lots of patrolling the backyard... Checking out the chickens and making sure all is well and safe.

There is also a bit of naughtiness - the digging of holes.... lots of barking at things, both seen and unseen....

And also lots of companionable relaxing. (Fairly alert here though - as they are both hoping for a treat).

It's going to be hard to give her back at the end of the month. :-)

Monday, November 10, 2014

Music Monday - Faun

FaerieCon East was this past weekend (alas, without me). Faun was one of the visiting groups. Here is a lovely little acoustic tune from one of its members:

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Succulent Saturday - Portrait Workshop

Week 3 of this oil painting portrait workshop with Liana Bennett -
We practiced mixing skin tones, and then watched a Liana demo.

It's interesting for me watching this approach to painting -

(SO different and abstract compared to my more typical watercolor...)

We talked quite a bit about color and mixing this week (again - very different from how I normally work).

Things are so soft and mushy with this medium!

Took lots of notes on the thought processes behind applying color and tone...

Liana's lovely underpainting....

So, this is my first attempt at adding color. It was funner to use this week (although I'm not sure I ever really want to paint with this for real....)

One more week....