Sunday, April 29, 2007


Well, my assignment is going to be late :(

However, I recently finished creating a web site for my mother-in-law, who is a painter.

I'm loving the increased activity on this blog!

Also, Jon Foster is going to be one of the visiting artsts at the Academy this summer! I'm stoked!

Under painting

So, here goes nothing, I want to post more work. I am really liking the new job, but need to push myself to paint outside of it...

So this one.. a little study.. I like the texture that is going on,... I think a smooth paint application in contrast to the texture might add interest to this piece, I need to experiment with some gloss medium. Some of the pen and ink sketches I am working on could work out as silhouettes... sorta like the bird, is trying too, if I blocked it out,.. not like it is shown..

The color? -I was thinking of the colors as more of an under painting, ( I don't want to lose all of the texture that happened though...)

Composition: -believe it or not, I used tracing paper, but something about the composition bugs me,... too centered?

My inspiration to the piece: I feel sometimes even though I am free to paint what is in my heart I feel still. Not moving. Frozen.. Perhaps the contrast of the water's shapes and reflections seem to "move." I want water to be present in some of these new abstract "flat" paintings... breaking down the shapes in the water... ( yeah its not clouds, its water... ) Intricate cage-like trim... Floating silhouette of the bird perched in symbolic space / outside of cage yet not in flight...

Well, I'm ready to keep going, I have a feeling the whole piece will be totally different soon. I just wanted to share some process and some thoughts, Open to suggestions.... Thanks.

Here are two little oil paintings I did recently. I've been trying to do a little painting everyday just for fun. The bottom one is the real color....the top one should look more like the bottom (color-wise). I'm still learning with my scanner and with photoshop. I've been doing these paintings on black gesso after reading about it. It's fun because it makes the colors really vibrant.

Friday, April 27, 2007

mmmm.... cheesecake

This is the final printed piece for my big cheesecake factory gig. The kind people at Doug Oliver Design Office hired me to do this, and thank you to SILA for having my portfolio there to find.

They provided me with architectural elevations. I copied them onto a nice Canson toned drawing paper that I cut down to copier friendly sizes, and then all I had to do was color. I used my trusty Prismacolors and didn't sleep for the 3 nights leading up to my trip to New York City. Totally worth it though; the book looks incredible in person. The designer, Abby Bennett, did a really great job. So there are a few book shots and then one of the drawings I sent them. Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Lend a hand?

Hey all, I have started some sketches of the editorial illustration I want to do about "Whales death toll/ caused by migration effected by solar waves". I would love to post something on it soon though. I'm getting excited about it. I need to find some tracing paper. I will probably need a hand in the composition of things...

Been lovin being close to the waves again :) I found a beautful longboard I want to buy,....unfortunately the one I have has seen better days... I am working on some studies for a series of paintings based on the surfaces of the water. ( To try and sell in downtown Wilmington)

Cat- I don't "blog" much, so its probaly really easy, but how can I invite my friend Brian to post?, just tell him the name of the blog so he can sign on? Anyway he's a creative dude that I went through illustration school in college,... and I would love to have him around on vuinnardenkornlish..

Monday, April 23, 2007

Mutey the mailman

I am finally doing an assignment! Woo hoo! I'm going to do a portrait of Dwight Schrute from the Office. Since my time is so limited I am trying to keep it simple and I'm going to just do a straightforward portrait - no concept or anything. I'm not very good at the concept stuff... Meganck never gave us his brain strengthening tips :)

Anyway, the other day I sat down with a photo and sketched this in my sketchbook just to sort of study his features and stuff. I liked the way it turned out - I have gotten a lot better at drawing with pen... although I'm still not the best pen & inker out there.

I'll post a sketch when I get it worked out; I hope to have something nailed down by the end of the week, then I'll have the weekend for the finish! Hooray for productivity!

Sunday, April 22, 2007

waking up

Hello out there... How is everybody?, I have been through a lot in the last few months. Doing very well now though... I have a great job now in wilmington. long story.

I am working on having an art show in the downtown wilmington area with a friend of mine, (fellow illustrator amoung us). I want to invite him to post here.

I was thinking -- I'm just beginning with it, but I want to get some input on some new stuff I am working on. These paintings will be more abstract, I'm experimenting with some new subject matter and sketching objects as well as rendering type etc...

Anyway I have missed you all and I am looking forward to more posts and involvement with what we have going here. good to be back. are any of you guys going to the academy this year?


Sunday, April 15, 2007

RE: new assignment

I think I have done this assignment many times so I may just post the most recent for comments. Also, I sent work in the Richmond's illustration club. I think we need one here in Savannah. Could anyone share how you go about developing such a thing as a city wide club?

Hey, I am new to the blog!

Hello everyone,
I hope to be part of this blog and contribute often. But today I am busy with the online class and its dicsussion board - an assignment is due tonight so there are lots of questions. I want to take part on the illustration assignments too. So see you soon.
Thanks Cat for the invite.

Friday, April 13, 2007

deadline extented!

Hi everyone!

Just wanted to let you know that the deadline for the Richmond Illustration Club's Juried Mid-Atlantic show has been extended until April 20th. We've received some great entries so far, including some from fellow academy students. PLEASE! submit to this show to help make it awesome and tell all your friends about it. More info and entry forms are available at, and there's a post a few entries down on this website with info on the jurors.


Thursday, April 05, 2007

New Assignment

We need a new assignment. Any ideas? How about something easy that EVERYONE can do. Heather, maybe there's an assignment you are doing at school that you think we would enjoy doing? (not that it would be easy). Please post any ideas. I will pull from the idea list for the next month or two.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007


Here is the angel piece I just finished. I had to take a picture from above since the glue on the stars is still drying. I think the buttons are my favorite part!! I wanted to do something kinda monochromatic for this one and just have the hair and skin the main color. Hope everyone is doing well!!