Still Life Studies

In Spring of 2012, I was in LA with Jimmy Ly and Wouter Gort studying concept art at Concept Design Academy. We rented a house in Pasadena from a couple while they were away travelling. It was dusty, squeaky, and slightly cold. But during the day the light would slowly meander in and make the space glow. It was a beautiful and inspiring home. I feel grateful for the opportunity to have lived there.

One of the courses I took at CDA was Intro To Digital Painting taught by Jason Scheier. At the time I hadn't painted in Photoshop that much and I was still trying to translate my experience in oil painting to digital by emulating traditional techniques. I started studying oils during art school and I still love the medium, but I never really had the patience for proper glazing technique. I think oils will always feel better to use, but photoshop is lightning fast and it can be really fun to play with.

Cloud Studies

These are a few cloud studies I did a while back with the talented Brennan Massicotte. We wanted to develop a process in photoshop to paint some nice voluptuous clouds. In the first study, I used a simple hard brush, and avoided smooth blending. I wanted to focus on just the values, temperature, and how the forms turned. The second one is similar, only this time I indulged in some smudging. :)

The third study is a little special. It was created using only the Lasso tool on my laptop's trackpad. It's an exercise I started practicing after trying it once during Jason Scheier's digital painting class at Concept Design Academy. I forgot my tablet at home for class that day, but instead of going back for it, I thought it might be an interesting challenge to try painting without it! The exercise turned out to be really useful. For the cloud study, I made the depth of field effect plus varying edge quality by building up selection layers with incremental levels of feathering. 

 Still life of Helm. CDA 2012. First time painting with only Lasso tool using trackpad.

Still life of Helm. CDA 2012. First time painting with only Lasso tool using trackpad.