Thursday, November 30, 2006

last week's tree painted

(click for hi-rez)
Painted in photoshop with a wacom graphire tablet.
And this time I did leaves too. Painting trees is fun.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

day before thanksgiving

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Tree 108

Got a new sketchbook last night, this is the first sketch, it's spans two pages, which I normally don't do. I photo-shopped out the seem to paint it, but I got frustrated w/ the painting and stopped. I might pick it up later:

Also, every tree at A&M has a little dog-tag w/ a number, but the last couple I've looked at have been scratched off, I think this is 108.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

a fast full page bernies sketch

It seems somewhat odd that the reason I am out drawing people is the fact that I am not good at drawing people. But I guess that's learning for you.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Assorted Saints and Pagans

Every year Tom Short comes to campus and talks/evangelizes to a gathering group of students in academic plaza.

Inevitibly, most of the vocal audience are are seem to be committed atheists or pagans and committed christians.

It was great for people sketching. As I was sitting on the ground in the middle of a bunch of people, it was definitely the most visibly I've sketched in public.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Bernies Sketches

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

A Tree

Sketching people has been frustrating lately. But today I passed this tree standing perfectly still, with a sunset lit building behind it.

After scanning it I painted the building and sky behind it in photoshop (with a bloody mouse, as I didn't have my tablet with me)

Drawn and painted while listening to Medieval Songs of Love and Death by John Fleagle, you can listen to them for free at that link.

Also, an interesting observation on trees I heard yesterday in this interview with Darren Aronofsky:

He points out that trees are fountains moving very slowly, as they pull water and other things up from the ground and shoot them out in the form of branches and beautiful leaves that then fall down and decay at the base of the tree.

Monday, November 06, 2006


Update, here are some better renderings:

Whenever I browse Evans Library (which is fairly frequently), I'm always struck by how many beautiful old books there are. So today I pulled one off the shelf for the sole purpose of modeling it. I haven't really sat down and modeled something in years, but it was fairly successful, sort of a fast sketchy model in about 1/2 an hour. Modeled in Anim8or. (No textures) Rendered in 3ds Max 4. Anim8or doesn't render, so this was the first time I've ever lit and rendered something in max. I used to(6 years ago) always use bryce for rendering, but my computer is long since crashed.

The book, incidentally, is a 1880's oxford edition of the Ormulum, which wikipedia tells me is a "12th-century work of Biblical exegesis".

I modeled some new (and worn) pages, but unfortunatly I'm having problems importing: