Monday, June 29, 2009

Color Study

Here's the color study for Ben. The suit looks a bit lighter than planned, so please imagine it around a 90% gray if it's not correct on your screen. I wanted to create a feeling of depth with the light background, desaturated medium-medium toned middle ground and bold, dark foreground. Let me know what you think. :)

I am so excited to start on the final for this piece. All the feedback everyone has been kind enough to pass on to me has been a huge help. Thank you so much to everyone!!!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Bernanke Update

Here's an updated drawing for the Bernanke piece. I'm almost ready to transfer it to board though I'm still working on figuring out the colors for the final. The color study should be finished in the next day or so.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Bernanke Portrait

Hi everyone, I just finished this comp for my next piece and would love to get any feedback or suggestions any of you may have.

The main concept concerns the challenges that Ben Bernanke faces with the current economic crisis. One of the options is for the Fed to print more money, "dough," which may lead to inflation and a loss of monetary value. I also wanted to show the public frustration with the bailout of Wall St. and the feeling that any Federal money and assistance will go to the men and women on Wall St. as part of the bailout money.
I hope that comes across, I'll be work on color and value studies over the next couple days and will soon post those.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Seattle Sketching

This first piece was actually created in Youngstown, OH and in downtown Chicago. I like the illusion of a person tutoring a cityscape in math. :)

The flight from Detroit to Seattle is about five hours which leaves lots of time for playing in a sketchbook. This piece took a little let than an hour and allowed me to experiment with line quality and perspective. I really like the worm's-eye view in this piece and the usage of color to communicate distance.

The musical duo on this page are part of the Tallboys, a country and bluegrass group. The girl would occasionally stand and step dance to enunciate the beat of the songs. Really cool stuff and nice people.

This is a collage of people I saw while I wandered around the city and hung out at various coffee shops. I wanted to created a seamless collection of people that carried an ambiguous narrative. I've been thinking of creating paintings out of compositions directly from my sketchbook or inspired by the people and places in my sketchbook. We'll see what happens.

Awww, sleepy Chris.

Monday, June 15, 2009


During my trip to New York, I had the chance to talk with the AD of a childrens' publisher. He suggested that I do a few childrens' market samples to make my portfolio more marketable. I decided to focus on penguins from an old CCAD assignment and figured that penguins are cute, huggable animals that all kids like. So, here's a rough look at the process behind my sushi-loving penguins.
After making detailed sketches, compositions and color studies I sculpted the penguin characters for the painting and shot photos.

After transfering the final drawing, I painted transparent glazes of acrylic paint to give the piece a medium tone, next I added the darks and then started glazes of color.

A few friends have encouraged me to flesh out a story and write a childrens' book inspired off this piece. Right now I want to concentrate on other pieces to get more diversity in my portfolio, but I may return to this concept sometime soon. We'll see what happens. I hope you like it, let me know if you have any suggestions. :)