June 25, 2010

Composition Workshop! Saturday July 10

The skills of drawing and color are critically important and yet they don't find their full expression until they're teamed with a strong composition. If you're going to make a great picture you have to have a great composition.
That will be our topic of study for this years composition workshop on Saturday, July 10, 12-8pm. So whether you're a landscape painter, figurative or entertainment artist, if you're in the LA area I'd love to see you there.


Composition: design for dynamic picture making:
  • Slideshow presentation and lecture, 12-3pm: Lectures on the fundamentals of effective picture making. Discussions on the creation of mood and environment. Principles for organizing complex scenes into pleasing arrangements. Strategies for solving compositional problems quickly and effectively. Studies of Composition in history and the modern day
  • Painting demonstration, 3:30-5
  • Compositional exercises, 6-7pm
  • Student painting time with instructor feedback, 7-8pm


To enroll contact the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art at 877-695-2232. Their site is www.laafa.org.

June 11, 2010

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Here's another idea piece for the ogre encampment from Shrek Forever After.
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June 04, 2010

Shrek Forever After: evolution of a sketch

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The ogre resistance encampment was an interesting challenge, here's one of many passes we took at it:

Moleskine sketch



Color rough



"Ogreifying" the location in photoshop



Establishing the scene as an ogre encampment and finishing in photoshop.



I prefer the previous image over this one, I'm a location guy more than a character painter but they asked me to populate the scene with characters. This is what I came up with.