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Pictures from the show!

I finally found the pictures of the Alice in Wonderland play! It been a long time coming but i’m glad to finally be able to put them up. I look at it as possibly the greatest accomplishment in my artistic career since deciding what i wanted to do. Looking at it now i know i could have done better. I’m realizing all the things about it i should have changed when i had the chance. It may not be my best but somehow i feel like i’ll always be proud of this one.

 

 

 

An abstract process.

This is my latest piece. Done in Ps CS5, it uses a variety of elements to achieve the finished appearance. In its first stages, I drew some abstract designs thinking I would make some organic looking graffiti. I wasn’t trying to spell anything, just basically continuing the flow of the design until i had a pleasing composition. What i had looked good, but not much better than my doodles in class; there was some nice shading and i had the luxury of being able to erase.

As it evolved, the potential for an intricate, alex grey-esque, design became clear to me. (Any abstract image i draw is at some point duplicated and interwoven with the original, even if i don’t keep it for the finished product. I cant help myself.) I reflected the image several times, each time building up on the perevious design.

I recommend that any abstract digital artist at least try this technique. You can get some pretty substantial images, with little or no limit to its intricacy. You can think of it as creating a sort of 2D fractal.

After i had some crazy designs i used a radial gradient of color and set it as my background. Then i went back to my designs and played around with their blending modes. I lost my breath when i experimented with the Difference mode. This caused some amazing color to shine through the negative space which was contrasted beautifully with the line work. The originally black lines were now analogous to the colors they outlined.

I put another object over all of this and again tried different blending modes. I got a nice glow/light effect and decided to keep it. Finally, a drop shadow and a low extrude gave the piece some depth and after fine tuning some details and signing my initials, i was done for the night. 😛

Here are some more examples where the same technique was used.

These last two were made using vector graphics for the base design. Its a little less taxing on your processor, especially with large images.

What was i thinking?! (Jam-tronica Cont..)

I showed my friend the work i had done for him the day after my last post. I wanted to see if it met his expectations. This turned out to be a good idea. Needless to say, he didn’t like it much, i could tell. Said he’d “Talk it over with the band.” Uh oh, you know what that means…

I decided to go in a totally different direction thinking something abstract and tripy would be more up his ally. I showed him some earlier work of mine, and after telling me he liked it ’10x better’, started fooling around in PS until i had something fun looking.

It was certainly fun to make, but If it were up to me, i wouldn’t have put the text in there. Still, the customer is always right.

Oh wait im not getting paid for this…

Oh well. If i was only interested in $$$ i would have been a Jewel-thief.

Jam-tronica?

Kay, so I wanted to post all of my artwork up here a while back but while downloading ‘Repo Men’ from pirate bay i unleashed a particularly nasty Trojan onto my computer. Despite my feverish attempts to get rid of the virus, in the end, i had to re-format and in doing so lost everything. 15gb worth of videos from my trip to Germany a few summers ago, 17 days worth of music, all of my downloaded software, not to mention all of my original artwork files… The list goes on.

Thankfully all the art i was proud enough of to display at the career-day thing at school last semester is safely stored on my flash drive in a power point slide show. I don’t have access to many of the PSDs anymore but at least i can still present the best of last semesters work. (jepegs of which will be up shortly i hope)

Anyway, more importantly, a friend from school asked me if i would make up some art for his bands album cover. Im not getting paid but this is fine with me. Im actually really stoked he asked me since we’ve been out of contact for a while and the album sounds pretty legit. Who knows how many people will see it. Pressures on.

Their band is called The Fundimensionals, and they play jam-tronica. I wasn’t sure what that was before looking it up and was surprised to see a few of my favorite groups were labeled under the same genre. Disco Biscuits being one of them. Check out their Myspace page here.

Fundimensionals on Myspace

I didn’t think of looking them up on Google until after i did the work below but i think it still fits. Being able to listen to them while working is a great source of inspiration and in my opinion helps to link the emotion of the illustration with that of the music.

So before beginning I went online and found some awesome CD cover/tray templates. Free to download and simple to use.  Link here.

My friends requirements are that the cover say ‘FUN’ somewhere and that the artwork be centered around that idea. Sounds good, lots of creative freedom. ;P Deadline is the sept. 20th, im gonna shoot for the 18th.

Heres my sketch.

The idea i went for is like a retro, board-game advertisement. Mom is presenting the kids with a FUN new toy/game/tray of cookies… idk yet. A couple hours and several cigarettes later i had this…

Drop shadows and shading were applied to the happy family which now includes dad peeking his head around to see what all the commotion is about. He is slightly intrigued. The background and skin-tones were added quickly just to get a sense of how it will look at the end. Not sure what will go on the Box. Its too late…err early, to think about it. Sleep now, box later.

FIRE, WATER, YIN and YANG.

One of my most recent photo-manipulation pieces done for my brother-in-law. Its going to be the cover image for a script hes writing. I will post a link to his site when i remember what it is.

This was a lot of fun to do. Since i usually only do illustrations and start off working with stuff i scan in, i was able to take a break from that and try something new. I love how it turned out and have gotten some good feedback from my friends so this ones a win. Surprisingly less frustrating than drawing…  High res images are a MUST to work with. A low res version of the same images would look a lot less powerful i think.

Jericho…

So as the semester comes to a close and the mad dash to get my projects finished and in on time seems at an end. I must cut my losses and stick to goals i know i can accomplish. Im talking of course about the complexities of actionscripting. Jericho is just about finished, or at least the three scenes that i wanted to do this semester are all linked together in flash, with spiffy animations and transitions. I had high hopes for the preliminary scenes of Jericho but looking back now i see them for what they truly were. Delusions of grandeur.

My quest was to discover how to create an inventory with which items found in the game world could be dragged and then dropped (and then snap) to a grid. Or, an inventory with designated slots. The items would then stay in this inventory until the player called upon them again. This proved to be to complicated to figure out myself, at least for the time i had. So i did my best and presented it to class without the inventory feature and was relieved to find i wasn’t the only one who bit off more than they could chew. Anyway, maybe next semester i’ll go more into flash, but for the time being Action script will have to wait.

Alice in wonderland update

Alice in Wonderland

These variations are for the backdrop in an Alice in Wonderland musical i was asked to paint the scenery for. Although these paintings are still works in progress, the color schemes and composition is yet to be decided upon.

This first one was my original file and most closely resembles a ‘natural’ Color scheme.

Recent Achievements.

I recently obtained Adobe Flash cs4. I installed it the other night and have been struggling with action scripting, thankfully, you tube has got a ton of tutorials for almost everything, so thats been a lot of help. As for the Jericho project, Ive been trying to flesh out the story, and wrote the introduction (about 300 words) To be displayed in scene one. Looking over my notebook at what i thought was a well composed page, for some reason, the words didn’t sound as good as they did while i was writing them. So i sent it to my cousin, who has a way with words, and had him Edit the intro. What he sent back was better than i could have hoped, and so begins our collaboration. Heres what he wrote…

“My father gave me the name Jericho Orious Dreth – for the greater part of my life, it was his only gift. He left my mother and I when I was very young. I resented the man. I thought him a drunkard, a lech, and worst of all, a coward. Six months ago I received news of his death; and a sizable inheritance in my name. They told me he had killed himself. I was not unhappy.

His estate passed on to me, and with it came the enormous tome that was his journal. I was at first apprehensive, having no desire to learn of whatever excuses he made for our abandonment. Time waned my suspicions and nurtured my curiosity. The contents amazed me – inside, I found intermingled amongst seemingly senseless rambling an exceedingly complex collection of charts, diagrams, formulas, and patterns; plans for marvelous (and sometimes terrifying) devices and contraptions.

It was more than I could fathom. The man that for so long I believed was a worthless sop was in actuality a genius without peer. I learned from his writings that he was a member of some kind of scientific fraternity. More troubling, the later entries led me to believe that he was on the cusp of unlocking some great and terrible secret – a truth so damning that it worried his every thought.

His desperation had him on the run, and it was now obvious that whatever he had learned was the cause of his untimely death. Part of me wanted to bury this – to make a new life for myself in the home of what may well have been a madman. Once again, however, curiosity won me over – I decided to follow in my father’s footsteps and uncover the mysteries that led to his demise.
I had clues. I had direction. I had courage. What I tragically lacked was understanding.”

So as you can see, He’ll be helping me with as many other scenes as i can get him to participate in. Really outstanding work Cary!

Also, unrelated to the project, I thought i would upload some paintings i did this month. Not totally done but i think id just ruin it if i worked on them any more this week 😛

Jericho: Scene2

The story will be set in the 18th century. While researching the 1700’s, I discovered several intriguing photos and drawings to use in the project. I wanted to see what technology people had access to as well as major scientific and geological discoveries of that era. Apparently Uranus was discovered sometime in the mid 1700’s forever expanding our solar system. While interesting, I have yet to decide whether integrate that into the story.

I also found a lot of pictures of old houses, exterior and interior, to see how people decorated back then and also the difference in dwellings of different classes (peasant, farmer, city-dweller). Using one of the pictures for reference I churned out the second scene of Jericho- his father’s now abandoned house. Jericho begins his search for answers here, thinking it a good place to start…