Dec 17, 2007

Sennichimae st., in Osaka, on Watercolor

I finished my cityscape watercolor paintin. It has many colors and things, so I never thought that I would finish. This is the final work for my watercolor class. It was hard, but I enjoyed it. The dragon is an egg noodle store popular in Osaka, Japan. This is my hung around area since my high school time.

Nov 7, 2007

Metal Objects on watercolor

Persimmon Bowl

Flower Shovel

Copper Paperweight

Iron Pliers

Oct 22, 2007

Glass Objects Watercolor

Here they are glass objects exercises with watercolor.
Background colors are placed Origami paper.

Oct 21, 2007

Tofu and Soy Source Bottle

Tofu and Soy Source Bottle Acrylic on board, 9 by 12

Aug 15, 2007

Final Drawings 8/15/07

Here are my last works from the Intro to Anatomy class.

Aug 9, 2007

Hands and Feet

Hands and Feet

This is my own foot and hand.

EX#1 I thought we should just draw as quick drawing, so I didn't push too much for the proportion, etc. But the latter half I was getting to understand about drawing hands (such as moving the paper holizontally, and vartically to get the right proportion), so I spent more time the the first half. As you see, my first attempt of brown charcoal pencil. For the background I just added brown conte at the end where the dark was.

EX#2 I experimented the use of brown charcoal and carbon pencil again as well as practising toning the backgrond. That might not be necessary to do here. Feet were harder than hands. My feet tended to be smaller for the size of their legs. Just to finish as quick as possible, so I didn't go further for proportion.

Homework#12: I took picture of my self- hand and foot on the mirror, stood by side of a camera and used a cable. My foot came out on the edge of the mirror, so I just drew as the same, drew the foot/hand from the edge of the paper. Paper= Holbein rough surface. 205 square meter. I didn't have much confidence with rough paper before, but I think it gives more depth, and kind of like it now.

Aug 2, 2007

Figure Drawing Anatomy legs

I got a B again!

Here is my Mod #10.

I toned background, holded the pencils with loose finger, tried not use the tip of the pencil too much, used the cloth to smooth out the shadow & light, used the kneaded eraser insead of a stick eraser that I have been using.

I pushed more for the EX#10.1 as much as my energy allowed. The upper leg should be more clearer now. Also, I think it was something wrong with how I took the photo for the last one. sorry...

EX#10.2 posted. That was just really hard. Learned more about value making with different darkness of pencils. Sorry, I found my finger prints (sweat got oily & made marks) on the image didn't notice with my bear eyes. I may erase and post it again if I have time.

Jul 23, 2007

Intro to Anatomy, #3

Module #4 7/7/07 For #1, I spent much more time for the pre-sketch to be more careful with the proportion and for finding the detail lines and shade than last week. I am still trying to find out which material to use when. I made a mistake that it was the pencil that left the erased lines under the charcoal. Her under left arm became little too dark. I tried but I could not make her eyes like looking down like in the photo. #2, To me shoulder proportion was the most difficult. Until the final stage, I could not get it right. The shape of his ear is difficult to me too. because it looks like a shell, it is on the circular surface. In my image, it came out little smily and looked older than the photo. I don't know if I am doing right, but I just made background dark. Homework #4 is Option #1. I like the left side of the skull (on your right) kind of receeding into the background. But after I finished, I realized that the skull leaning down side a little bit, and neck bones are smaller so that it looks like the skull is almost falling down from the neck. Over all I spent more time for the pre-sketch, and squint my eyes to see more details. I think that my #2 and 3 became much better than last week in terms of proportion and value. Also, with others suggestion, lighter charcaol pencils really helped to contain more value gradation in the images, and I am getting to understand what I am doing. Thank you. I don't have time to re-do EX#1, and will proceed the Module 5. Tomo Thanks for your help. And thank you for Sean. Being specific for the comment really helps. I am not good at figure drawing, so any comment would help. It is hard that we have to do our own and recieve comments half in a time for Summer. I may not be able to make a leap of the improvement, but I think I eventually become able to SEE things that I could not before.

May 30, 2007

My first Still Life #2

Flower. The Petal was the hardest, especially on the right flower. 

Kiki. Kiki is the name of the Miyazaki anime. It was the first time to paint stuff doll. I didn't know what to do with the gradation of black.

My bathroom. In Japan, we wash body outside and soak in a tub. There is a space to sit down and wash body under the shower. It was the first casual still life exercise. I enjoyed creating pastel tone.

Silver Water Pot, 14 by 18 inches. The background wasn't so good, but maybe this was my turning point of still life exercises.

Acrylic on board, $156

Toothbrushes. In this semester, this was the most challenging work that I have done. I was strugging with the details of all the shapes, objects and feeling of the window and color behind it. I cannot wait to learn more advance and contemporary style of still life.

My first still life

Here are my Still Life painting that I have done in the Still Life 1 class in the Spring semester. I have took some painting classes before, but this is my first time I learned about technique and composition about the Acrylic painting from mixing colors, setting up the objects, etc. I was more like a photographer before, so this class really opened up my new ceativity to me. Thanks to my teacher and classmates. And my partner who helped me making board and esel....

A Coffee Cup. It was done with the limited palette.

Academy Statue. I wanted to be a movie writer, so I bought the souvenir statue. It was not any dream came true, but it still be used for my painting. ; p ) This was the practice of patterned objects.

Base Ball. This is my trial for the casual still life. I place the cap and glove in my garden. There was a weed glass and cherry petals falling on the ground. I was looking from the top, but in my painting, it was hard to show like bird eye's view. Also, there is no much the strong light and shadow in outside lighting, so I could not paint the objects shadows. Then, I decided to come back to the studio painting until I will learn about landscape.

Blue Vase. I learned the technique of the low key painting. I liked about how the vase recede to the dark.

Calpico. This is high key practice. I struggled more than low key with the glass shape, and prastic Calpico bottle. Acrylic tend to be thin and more away from realistic 3D image. I need to be working more on getting reality. But in my opinion, I can seek reality in photography, and painting is more for the creativity and originality....

May 19, 2007

Recycled Art

Collage from photograph and cut from magazine, and painted on. Done in 2003. But I just donated for this year Earthday. When I was little, I used to cut out my grandfather's National Geographic magazine to make collage. I want to do more collage by the time my painting skill becomes more improved. I do photography, so I want to put together all.

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