Saturday, February 10, 2018

Leonardo Da Vinci

Leonardo Da Vinci was equally artist and engineer. He is a super hero to the imagination because he made dreams a reality.

Started young as an apprentice he created amazing work that stunned master artists such as ...Andrea del Verrocchio

However, no work captured the world's imagination such as this enigmatic Mona Lisa.

This painting not only has been literally stolen, but it has captured the world's attention for it's mastery of artistic skills, and possible mysteries.

Is there a hidden code in Da Vinci's paintings?

The Last Supper...

contains lots of clues of using one of Da Vinci's secrets. Da Vinci was full of his secrets that we are still enthralled with today. Many of these secrets led to great inventions that he kept in his sketchbook. He used his art in sketchbooks as a laboratory for his imagination... How are you using your sketchbook? 

Sunday, February 4, 2018


Michelangelo is famous for creating statues that looked so real people would swear they are
breathing. One such statue is the mother of Jesus, Mary.

She is part of the larger statue, the Pieta. 

He was known for seeing the raw potential in rough, broken, and thrown away stone. The statue of David was sculpted out of stone that was discarded.

Though he preferred sculpting, Michelangelo  painted the Sistine Chapel as well as many other famous paintings. Many artists would compare themselves to his legacy and title as possible the greatest artist who ever lived.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Process and value...

The pathway to success is through selecting the correct process. Of course, we are going to start with thumbnails...

Part of the process is though is discovering the right values we need for our project. This may include setting up still life reference to photograph or draw to help you get the results you need. 

Do you already know how to draw a shiny texture? Or how light exactly will effect an object? Of course not, and neither do I. That is why I would get this reference too. 

So it's very important to get the right reference to make your picture more believable. Look at the reflection of light in the picture below, or even the really interesting cast shadows. Talent can't make that up, it has to be observed. 

So our goal to make amazing pictures is to also get and use amazing reference. 

With it you can do studies to maximize what your possibilities are for you image.

As you continue to study your work will continue to get better as you understand more and more what the object is like and how light and dark effect it. 

Speaking of light and dark, we are doing gig posters and fire against a dark background is awesome especially to show passion in music. 

Fire on an object...

Fire...Fire... Fire

The bomb... So if I was going to make a rock poster bombs, skulls, and fire make total sense.

Final poster...

Friday, January 26, 2018


Drawing value is understanding the balance between light and dark in our art work. 

If you can find the light on the opposite side is the dark.

This is why it is important to find the source or create a source from where the light comes from.

Without that light source or a light source you would not be able to see any objects in your picture as the light helps define what you are looking at.


Yes, but how do you draw light and dark? It's like driving a car. The more pressure you apply to a gas peddle in a car the more intense your speed will be. 

Applying pressure to the pencil will make your line and shading work more intense.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Music Logos are Due!

We are working on band logo. You are to create an original approach to your selected musical artist's logo. Remember simple is key, but still must reflect their personality. 

The Logo design... is due December 17th.

We should be able to tell the style of music from the logo.

The logo should be 5 by 7 inches.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Gig Poster...

Gig posters are not album covers. Theses are the posters that drive fans to concerts.

Gig posters should reflect the music they represent. Unlike album covers bands have control who does the gig posters. This is very important as gig posters are directly responsible for band's revenue streams. Concerts are how modern bands make money.

Usually, the artists are fans of the bands attempting not only to make a poster to promote the music they love, but also to create a collectable representation to inspire people to buy tickets. These posters are to influence people to listen to the band.

You should be able to tell the style of music from the poster.

These posters can be influenced by a song, but should represent more than just that song.

The posters should pop and be easy to read. 

These posters should have energy and excitement to reflect the mood and voice of the music and to entice potential ticket buyers.