Friday, October 21, 2011

New Blog

I moved my blog to a different site, for anyone who wants to see what I've been working on lately.


http://ashnovember.wordpress.com/


Thanks for following

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Alcatraz, inside the Prison

There were some great complimentary colors in the prison, though I still wouldn't want to live there. Can you even imagine? I'm spending most of my time drawing and painting so I may not be able to post any more photos for awhile. I'll try not to make it too long though.




































Monday, October 11, 2010

Alcatraz

I took a trip to Alcatraz with some family and friends this weekend. It was fleet week so we got to see the Blue Angels and a number of naval ships in the harbor. Alcatraz was beautiful. I love pictures of things deteriorating. Next week I'll post photos from inside the prison.
































Thursday, July 15, 2010

Color for fun

These are sketches that I drew around San Francisco over the last few weeks. I put some color on them, thinking of various color combinations that I'm learning about in class.

















Sunday, June 6, 2010

Avocado Egg

We pass by them everyday at the market, we put them on sandwiches and eat them plain, we love our guacamole, yet the mystery persists.
What exactly is growing in the egg of the avocado that lies at its center? Now, for the first time, science has given us a glimpse, past the delicious yellow green, and into the heart of this oft misunderstood fruit.


Embryologist Mark Sutter M.D. at Callinston University stated that he believed it to be a new phylum "All signs point to a sea creature" he stated, though he admitted it was too early to know anything for certain.
"It looks as if it might be Dinosauria" stated Exobiologist Jane Klemens, also from Callinston University. Dr. Callinston's colleagues scoffed at the idea however, apparently believing it to be an absurd hypothesis.

Monday, May 17, 2010

First Semester

My first semester at the Academy of Art is almost over. I've just finished work on my final projects and I'm getting ready for summer break and some much needed rest. Here are two of my final projects and a few other drawings/studies from class.

This is my "Figurative Concepts" final. It is supposed to be me as bootlegger, or maybe mafia, or a union rep from the 40's. I was allowed to choose any costume I wanted.\. It took quite a long time: charcoal and white conte on toned paper.






"Drawing from Imagination" final. The friends and family members that I showed my three concept drawings to all voted for the Snow White illustration, so I was surprised when my classmates voted for zombie morgue scene number two. This took a very long time as well. I almost feel sorry for the zombie.






1hr. Clothed figure study. It was fun drawing the pattern on her dress.






20 minute clothed figure. This is what the model was actually wearing, I didn't change a thing. (except adding the upper arm band)




Another 20 minute clothed figure. Lying figures are difficult because I rarely get a chance to practice drawing people horizontally.






20 minute portrait. I still need a lot of work on my portraits. Luckily, I'm taking a whole class on portraits in the fall.





20 minute clothed figure, Amazon Warrior.

This semester has been a ton of fun and an amazing learning experience. I hope I can continue to improve little by little (bounds would be nicer) over the next few semesters. Once this semester is officially over I'm gonna take a few days off to clear my head but then I'll be back to the sketchbook to draw draw draw some more.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Point, Click, Instant Art

I wanted to post something but I haven't taken any photos since my friend Becky was here so dug some stuff up from that day. Hopefully I can find a few days over summer break to get some good shots: lately I tend to bring my sketchbook over my camera when I'm out and about.






































Rosie the Dog

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Final Project Vote

For one of my final projects I have to pick one story from two that were provided and draw a nice finished illustration based on the story using everything we've learned in the class so far. This week we had to come up with 2 or more concept pieces that show some of our ideas. The class will then vote on the one that they feel would work best as a finished piece.


The first story was a morgue scene with zombies coming back to life and Anna and George fighting them off. I made George a dog and made Anna Anna Karenina.

The second story was a scene from Snow White. The dwarfs are all spring cleaning with Snow White making supper.


I needed more dynamic shadows so I did another zombie concept piece. These are all rough and a lot more detail will go into them. I'm curious, does anyone have a favorite?

Saturday, April 17, 2010

The Background


I finished this illustration for homework today. First I had to draw these two nude, then I added clothes (below) and finally I had to draw a background for them. I don't recommend this technique; next time I would more or less draw the whole thing at the same time, figuring out shadows and composition beforehand. But I'm happy with it despite all that.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

A Week in Workshops

Every week I attend a number of drawing workshops as well as my regular classes. Here are some select drawings from the workshops as well as my homework assignments from last week.




My homework for "Drawing from Imagination" class. This week I need to design and draw a background for them.

Clothed Figure Workshop


Head and Hands Workshop

Figure Drawing Workshop

Clothed Figure Workshop


Special Peter Pan themed Sat. Workshop

Self portrait assignment for my Figurative Concepts class.

There is also a Monday night figure quick studies workshop but those 2 minute figures are still too awful for me to post. I'll be real happy when those are decent enough to show people.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

March 31, 1952




Inspired by a character from, "The Book Thief". Something I did to keep myself busy between homework assignments.



Some anatomy practice. Mostly from imagination, I used a bit of reference if I got stuck.