Friday, July 26, 2013

Mother's New BFF

Illustration Friday

This week's word is ROBOT

Mother's New BFF
Just to lighten things up a bit I decided to whip something for this week's Illustration Friday.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013


The Magic Box  is an on-line class that I signed up through Oatley Academy  

Making a monster was our new fun homework for month #3
We were asked to design a monster using only the lasso and the masking tool.  We were also encourage to use brushes and anything else that we have learned and applied since the beginning of the class.
I  used lasso, gradient and masking for everything in the picture except for the artillery fire which were made with the brush tool.

The Red Furry 1

This is my first try, but I thought it fell flat.

The Red Furry 2

Here is my second try, adding more explosion and brighting up the monster.
To much fire ball? to much going on? or OK?

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Llama Dude WIP

Here are my WIP (work in progress) on the Llama Dude.
In the second picture I only use the lasso tool and gradient.  The rectangle on the left will eventually be an open window, and yes, the Dude is holding a cigar.  For the finishing touch I intend to add smoke or rings of smoke maybe? :)

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Llama Dude

After working on the Ferret Madonna, I realized that I had skip some very important techniques that I'm learning to  use at the Oakley Academy classes.  

I need to familiarize myself with the lasso tool to the point of being comfortable with it, so i've decided to try an other funny animal painting, and not skip any (uncomfortable) steps.

This time I picked the painting Man with a Cat by Cecilia Beaux, an American Impressionistic painter, because it has a lot more painterly effect than the painting that I had picked, Lady with a ermine by  Leonardo Da Vinci, for the Ferret Madonna.

Here are the sketches that I'll be working with.  Some are done in pencil some are digital.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013


Here are a few new knotties from my Anne's sketchbook static page which is dedicated to my little knotty characters.  Knotties  are the little heroes/sprites that populate two stories that I began writing a year ago.
I'm slowly getting into their character development concept.  
It will be interesting to see where all this takes me, but I'm up for the challenge.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Ferret Madonna, part II

Last night I submitted the Ferret Madonna to my class at chris Oatley academy.  two students suggested that I 'd sharpen and darken part of her nose and the mouth.  Here is the result.  I also worked on the pup's face, the hand and de-saturated a little the colors in the clothes.
The second picture I used less saturation on the whole painting.

Which is your favorite?
If you have any suggestion on how I can improve on this picture, don't hold back, let me know.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Ferret Madonna

The Magic Box  is an on-line class that I sighed up for though Oatley Academy.  

This is the second part of the Fancy Animals, Lesson #2 
I've worked on this painting off and on for about 8-9 days.  I had a blast, and learned tones. 

 Still, I have to admit they were some rough spots that I just couldn't quite work out.  I think that  part of it was a poor drawing of the hand, as I was uncommitted on whether to give it a human like hand or a real ferret paw, and the angle of the hand to the pup ferret' chin.  
Downloading this pictures on this blog makes me realize how much more intense the colors appear compared to when I was working on Photoshop. 
I'm not a fan of the clothes, but fortunately  a lesson on clothing will soon fallow.

One of my favorite thing about taking this class, Magic Box, at Oatley Academy is the camaraderie from students all over the world, through constructive criticism and encouragement. Not only are we learning AWESOME stuff  from our instructor, Chris Oatley, but also from one another. 

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