Today’s post is of some of the various Muppet characters I’ve illustrated. Sam the Eagle and Fozzie are both oil paintings, and the others are watercolor paintings.I find doing artwork based on these great Jim Henson creations to be tons of fun! I would really like to find a reason to do more of these.
From painting beauties for the last 6 days, to painting a beast.
This is a gouache painting of Frankenstein’s monster from the Universal Studios classic film, staring Boris Karloff. I’m not sure I’m completely happy with the results of this because of the gouache paints. Especially after using watercolors for the last week. I really enjoyed using watercolors, but, I think I will stick with gouache for a few more this week.
Today’s post is the start of a new series of posts for this blog. The main theme is about Pixar. My goal is to work at Pixar and that is the reason I have been pushing myself to do more artwork and post more online. I am a huge fan of of the Pixar way of creating movies, where story is the main thing that drives each project. They don’t focus on what’s bankable or what is going to sell the most toys. They want to tell great stories. I love that about them. And I want to be a part of that process. I want to be able to help work on projects that millions will see and connect with and that will stand the test of time. Imagine what it would be like for the people who worked on the original Snow White. Working so many hours, not knowing if the movie would be completed, if the budget would fall apart, or if anyone would even want to see a feature length animated movie. And for it to come out and be an amazing work of art that still resonates today. That’s what I want to be a part of. I feel like Pixar is the place that is trying to do that same thing.
With Finding Dory coming out this week, I’m posting some pages of notes I did from the Art of Finding Nemo book. From interviews I have read or listened to from employees at Pixar, one constant is that they say to look at their art of books and see what they look for. So, I’ve stocked up my book shelves with these books and Finding Nemo is the first one I went in depth on. As I read the book I was sketching the drawings in it, along with any quotes that appealed to me in a small sketch book. Here is a batch of some of these pages.
Next to each design drawing I tried to put the name of the person who did the original drawing. I will be going more into some of the character designers that worked on the film, especially the ones who’s work really appeals to me, in later posts.
Today threw me a bit of a curve ball. I had a few paintings that I had ready to go in for today and this was not one of them. The pencil work for this was finished yesterday and for some reason while I was at work I kept thinking about finishing it when I got home. And that’s what happened. But, because of the the quick turnaround I couldn’t use oil paint because I wouldn’t be able to scan it with the wet paint. So, I decided to use more ink washes which gives it a bit of a watercolor feel and then gouache to fill in the blacks with a nice solid pass.
I love the movie, Nightmare Before Christmas and have done and sold several pieces of art based on the film in the past. In fact I’m working on a series of big paintings from the movie that I hope to get back to after this month.
6″x6″ water color and acrylic ink on illustration board
Today’s painting brings us to a spot by the moat of the castle at Disneyland. There are a few statues that surround the moat and this is one of them. I took this photo on one of my trips to DLand. This was completed before I had fully decided to go with the acrylic ink/colored pencil/oil paint style that I did on the last 2 paintings. I thought this one came out pretty good and when I showed people these 3 paintings everyone really liked the Fozzie Bear painting and not this one. That made me think I should stick with that process and not this watercolor style. The life of an artist haha.