Thursday, March 30, 2006

Aladdin Spying on the Princess

Here is a digital painting I did in Photoshop for Richard Keyes Color Theory for Entertainment class. The Siamese cat leering through the window is Aladdin [see previous post] who is unabashedly spying on the princess. It's at this point in the story that Aladdin, at the risk of being discovered and put to death, sneaks a peek and beholds the face of the princess and swears to marry her when he at once is consumed by her beauty. I don't pretend to be completely satisfied with this piece. I just have to keep posting so I won't lose my nerve to do so. As always, suggestions and feedback are more than welcome.

Friday, March 17, 2006

I'm working on the facial features of the princess from Aladdin and his Wonderful Lamp [see Previous Posts] using my Wacom tablet in Photoshop 7. She's modeled after an Abyssinian cat and will be clothed in East Indian attire.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Here is the final turnaround for the Hero Nerd character in the modernized version of the Brave Little Taylor[see previous posts]. This was drawn in pencil, scanned, and colored in Photoshop.

Sunday, March 05, 2006


This is a character I've created for the Aladdin project [see previous post] I'm doing in my color theory class. This giraffe is the equivalent of Jafar from Disney's animated Aladdin. I used an awesome photo I took of my dad in costume for reference and tried to simulate the exact lighting using my wacom tablet in Photoshop.

Friday, March 03, 2006

The Oval Portrait

Oil on Acrylic, Strathmore 500 Board [images are cropped]

This Edgar Allen Poe image for the short story, The Oval Portrait, was another of Kent Williams' assignments. Kent had us pick a Poe story or poem and do a vertically formatted book cover of it. I will say that although I spent a lot of time on it, it needs more work and leaves much to be desired. The picture frame needs to be rendered tighter along with numerous other fixes. I included the pencil sketch which has a bit more breath to it.

Orange Dot

collage, gouache, and ink

This sketch pretty much sums up my feelings and fears regarding the cost of tuition and the law of diminishing returns.

Aladdin Animal Character Studies

I'm now working on some images for the story of Aladdin and his Wonderful Lamp for my Color Theory for Entertainment class with Richard Keyes. As you can see I'm using animals for the characters. Clockwise from the bottom left is the princess, the sultan, and the grand vizier. Obviously the frog is the genie (The little rabbit with his pet elephant is not part of the story.) The baby was one idea I had for the genie when I was still considering using humans. I thought he might have all the characteristics of a 2-year-old including tantrums and possibly refusing to grant wishes until he is threatened with a "time out".

Cheney's got a gun

I'm not an overly political person. During Daniel Galieote's Inventive Drawing class I was taking notes on facial expressions and I thought the expression I drew happened to look a bit like Vice President Dick Cheney. I added the gouache later. My wife came up with the parody on Aerosmith's 1989 hit Janie's got a gun. You can have it, Weird Al.

California Brent

This is a caricature of my twin brother, Brent, based on a character he made up when we were younger called "California Brent" and modeled roughly after a photo of him when he was in high school. My favorite part of Brent's story is when California Brent of the treasury department takes on General Qaddafi's underground minions: the zit-o-grodies. Go Brent!

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Giant Head and Nerdy Hero Sketches

ballpoint pen and gouache
Here are some nerdy hero studies [see previous posts about the Brave Little Tailor]. There is also the bearded head of a Giant from the original story.