Category: figure

Stylized Portrait

For this assignment, we were to chose an artist that we liked that worked a lot with the figure. We were then supposed to create a self portrait in the style of this artist. Immediately I thought “Great, I’ll do Giger.” This turned out to be hilarious. My classmates all chose more conventional artists, demonstrating their amazing skills at rendering life-like portraits. I was the only one, it seems, that decided to portray themselves through the aesthetics of some creepy surrealist.

Trying to complete this piece in a timely fashion with charcoal was a giant pain in the ass. I tried my best to mimic the airbrush texture with charcoal and conte. I wish I had more time to execute this piece, as there is so much more detail that I would have liked to put in it, as well as more time to render the details of the textures. I salute you, Hans Rudolf Giger. You are a freakin’ genius.

Gigeresque Self-Portrait, charchoal and conte crayons
Drawing II Spring 2010

Portrait of a Classmate

For this assignment we had to bring in a piece of cardboard to class and paint a portrait of one of our classmates. We had to use cardboard as it forces you to paint really thick and it also starts you off with a mid-tone, forcing you to create a full value scale in the painting. I was lucky enough to paint my friend, Danni, who is lovely.

Here’s a photo of Danni:
Portrait of Danni, goauche on cardboard
Illustration Painting II Spring 2010

Perspective Still Life

The assignment was to create a composition that displayed a still life that contained some element of figure within it, and showing some level of atmospheric perspective.

Last Spring, I found a statue of Pan in the dumpster outside the art department at Clark College. Made out of plaster, he was painted to look like bronze and his head had apparently busted off. I instantly fell in love with this statue, and I’ve displayed him in my room ever since.

I made this drawing as a tribute to my statue. I drew him from a very low angle as an art challenge. I wanted him to be high in the composition, as to suggest his importance, but I wanted to see if I could successfully convey that he was merely a small object drawn from close up. I drew all this on craft paper, which gave me a mid-tone to start with. I rendered this with white and black Conté crayons.

The Headless Pan, Conté crayons on craft paper
Drawing II Spring 2010

Portrait of an Artist: Amanda F. Palmer

For this assignment, we were supposed to create a portrait of an artist, preferably someone we are inspired by. I chose Amanda Palmer, as her music has been very important to me since I started school. I wanted to create a pretty, naturalistic portrait of Amanda, but I wanted to add a slight collage element to the piece.

I painted Amanda and her keyboard on good drawing paper, cut them out with an exacto blade, created the background with goauche, wrote the typography with white color pencil, and attached it all together. Unfortunately, I didn’t realize until I wrote down the second stanza of “Astronaut” that I wrote it in the incorrect order. Oh well, I will fix this in photoshop before I send this off to Amanda Palmer 🙂

 Amanda Palmer, goauche and mixed-media
Illustration Studio I Spring 2010

The Joanie B. Titles

This was an interesting project. It was apparently inspired by a personal friend of my Professor’s, art rep Joanie Berstien. When artists contact her asking for representation, she sends them a list of phrases that they are to create illustrations for so she can get a sense of their work. This is a long list of clichés, things such as “Relax and Rejuvinate” and “Love and War.” We were supposed to choose a few items from this list to illustrate. The point was that we would all come up with different ways to illustrate the same ideas. Much like the Commons assignment, this assignment was also challenging for me. I felt way out of my element. But I must say, I was pretty happy with the results.
“Wine Country” ink and goauche on drawing paper
Both sides of my family are from Sonoma County. People generally think of Sonoma County and they think of all the beautiful vineyards, all the rich countryside. My family is from the other side of the tracks, full of Hillbillies, Hippies, and Ghetto. Poverty, crime, and addiction problems everywhere. So this was a little homage to my roots.
“Think inside the Box” ink on drawing paper
Pretty self explanatory. I draw a good portion of my inspiration from historical art.
“Swamp Thing” ink and goauche on drawing paper
This one is my favorite. Another huge aspect of my work is the figure and an element of fantasy/mythology.
I think these came out a little smarmy for my Professor’s taste, but they generally went over pretty well.

Kelli Kelli Kelli Kelli Kelli Kelli ……

This assignment was to create a painting from one photo-reference using goauche thickly. My roommate Kelli was so awesome as to let me dress her up and take a photo-shoot of her for this assignment. 


This assignment was a good learning experience for me. I believe I had mentioned before that before this year, I have never taken a formal painting class. This was the first painting I have created working with the figure and using goauche this thick. I think I did a pretty nice job. My only big criticism would be the lack of value in the face, making it flat compared to the rest of the texture in the composition. This is how we learn 🙂



Commercial Illustration test run

This illustration was for Illustration Word and Image. The assignment was to draw the commons at PNCA from observation, then take on of the model drawings we had down from class and superimpose it in the commons drawing. Then we were to tie it all together, with color and/or text if necessary to create a complete illustration. I found this assignment especially challenging as it is so far from the stuff that I normally due. Thankfully I have few issues drawing from observation.


To make a long story short, I drew the commons, drew the model, used light washes of gouache for color, inked in all of the contours, and then tied all of the empty spaces together by putting text over them. 


The text is totally irrelevant, I used the poem The Human Abstract by William Blake, and then as an extra something I wrote “BEESTICKS: what secrets do you hold?” in the background.

The Human Abstract
Illustration Studio I Spring 2010