Mar 24 2010

Santa Rita Mountains – #19

Right now I’m on vacation in sunny Arizona, south of Tucson in Green Valley. Today I got to sit outside and do a plein air oil pastel drawing of the Santa Rita Mountains. The tall one in the center is Mount Wrightson, which is at 9,453 ft.

This is the view I was working from, but I was working outside. I took the photo after I finished. I’m not missing Colorado right now…they had 12″ of snow yesterday into today. :)


Mar 19 2010

The Chauffeur – #18

Out on the tar plains, the glides are moving
All looking for a new place to drive
You sit beside me, so newly charming
Sweating dew drops glisten, freshing your side
And the sun drips down bedding heavy behind the front of your dress all shadowy lined
And the droning engine throbs in time with your beating heart

Way down the lane away, living for another day
The aphids swarm up in the drifting haze
Swim seagull in the sky towards that hollow western isle
My envied lady holds you fast in her gaze
And the sun drips down bedding heavy behind the front of your dress all shadowy lined
And the droning engine throbs in time with your beating heart
And the sun drips down bedding heavy behind the front of your dress all shadowy lined
And the droning engine throbs in time with your beating heart
Sing blue silver

And watching lovers part, I feel you smiling
What glass splinters lie so deep in your mind
To tear out from your eyes with a board to stiffen brooding lies
But I’ll only watch you leave me further behind
And the sun drips down bedding heavy behind the front of your dress all shadowy lined
And the droning engine throbs in time with your beating heart
And the sun drips down bedding heavy behind the front of your dress all shadowy lined
And the droning engine throbs in time with your beating heart
Sing blue silver
Sing, sing blue silver

There’s more to this kind of camouflage
More than just colour and shape

Who’s going now, in to a classiomatic?

This is my take on The Chauffeur, by Duran Duran. I always loved this song – kind of creepy, kind of mysterious. The song always reminded me of some kind of time in the future.

Photo credits:
GirlJesse Therrien
BackgroundYee Wong
Texturethispe
TextureLuca Sorin
TextureLuca Sorin
Textureabcdz2000
Texturemn-que
TextureLorica Smith


Mar 18 2010

Illustration Friday – Subterranean (#17)

This week’s Illustration Friday topic is Subterranean. I finally saw Avatar over the weekend (not in 3D though) – I thought it was pretty good, but kind of predictable. Maybe I need to see it again to have it really sink in, or maybe I need to see it in 3D. I just didn’t have the kind of “near religious” experience with it that a lot of people have had. I love the concept of the movie, but something just didn’t click with me. I probably need to see it again.

Anyway, what does all of that have to do with this piece? I think maybe it inspired it a bit. I also was trying to go for a bit of a Roger Dean look, which is kind of strange since I discovered after doing the piece that Avatar supposedly has some Roger Dean influences as well.

Photo credits:
Texturethispe
BackgroundGavin Mills
BackgroundJose Bernalte
BackgroundAlexander Abolinsh
BackgroundChristian Ferrari
BackgroundPetr Vins
BackgroundKatinka Kober
TextureLuca Sorin


Mar 11 2010

Illustration Friday – Brave (#16)

The theme for Illustration Friday this week is Brave. I kind of struggled with this theme at first. Then for some reason the image of David vs. Goliath popped into my head. So I did a modern, quick take on it. All digital piece – not based on a song!

I’ve been trying to come up with some other songs. I’m going to delve into some Leonard Cohen based on a friend’s suggestion. Bird On The Wire and Hallelujah for sure. I had a bunch of signs the other day about Bird On The Wire, so I know I have to do that one.

I also sent out a couple of pieces to Canon for test printing. If you go on their website, they will send you samples printed from their printers. Mainly to see if you’d like to buy them. I sent them the Levon piece and Folsom Prison Blues. The prints came back looking great, so I may invest in a Canon printer so I can finally get some things for sale on Etsy and Redbubble.

Piece count update – this is my 16th piece. According to the calendar, I should be on #10 this week, so I’m excited to be ahead of schedule. It’s been really fun so far, and doing them digitally allows me greater flexibility when I can work.

Photo credits:
DavidEmre Danisman
GoliathCan Berkol
Texturethispe
Texturemaria jose


Mar 5 2010

Suggestions?

I usually have no problem coming up with a song and lyrics to use as an inspiration for a piece. But recently I’ve received a few suggestions from people on lyrics/songs they’d like to see done as a piece. It really made me think about asking for suggestions about lyrics you’d like to see. I’ve received some pretty interesting suggestions on singers I hadn’t even considered.

So….what would you like to see? Keep in mind that the lyrics should be able to have some sort of literal translation, but that doesn’t necessarily have to apply. I’m open to anything. I promise not to openly mock your suggestions. :) I’m just letting you know ahead of time that I probably won’t do any piece ever based on anything by Celine Dion. Unless the lyrics are really good.

Leave me a comment here if you’d like, or on my Facebook fan page. Thanks!


Mar 4 2010

Illustration Friday – Perspective (Folsom Prison Blues – #15)

I hear the train a comin’
It’s rolling round the bend
And I ain’t seen the sunshine since I don’t know when,
I’m stuck in Folsom prison, and time keeps draggin’ on
But that train keeps a rollin’ on down to San Antone..

When I was just a baby my mama told me. Son,
Always be a good boy, don’t ever play with guns.
But I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die
When I hear that whistle blowing, I hang my head and cry..

I bet there’s rich folks eating in a fancy dining car
They’re probably drinkin’ coffee and smoking big cigars.
Well I know I had it coming, I know I can’t be free
But those people keep a movin’
And that’s what tortures me…

Well if they freed me from this prison,
If that railroad train was mine
I bet I’d move it on a little farther down the line
Far from Folsom prison, that’s where I want to stay
And I’d let that lonesome whistle blow my blues away…..

This week’s Illustration Friday topic is Perspective. Originally I was thinking about traditional forms of perspective, like lines fading off to a vanishing point. That got me thinking about railroad tracks, which got me thinking about the Johnny Cash song Folsom Prison Blues. I think being in prison would put a new perspective on life, to say the least. Especially facing the thought of spending the rest of your life behind bars.

This song is one of my all time favorites. I remember my dad playing this (and singing it) when we were little kids. I thought Joaquin Phoenix did an excellent job of portraying Cash in Walk the Line. The above link to the song is footage from the 1969 San Quentin prison concert, which the movie used at the beginning and the end.

Another all digital piece. If you’ve got a really keen eye, you might notice I’ve used some of these textures on other pieces.

Photo credits:
ManKonrad Baranski
CellJascha Hoste
TextureMartin Sach
TextureDavid Ritter
TextureStephen Eastop
TextureChristoph van der Bij
Train - Mike Munchel