Monday, April 10, 2006

Tam O'Shanter

While I was in High School in New Braunfels, Texas, I made program covers for my band's concert performances. One particular song that the band played was called Tam O'Shanter.

The music was all right, but the story is what intrigued me. Tam O'Shanter was a drunk who, upon leaving a tavern on his horse, wandered accidentally into a forest where a witch coven was performing some secret rituals. Fearing for his life, Tam O'Shanter rode as quickly as he could away from the witches. I did the best I could capturing this moment for the NBHS band program cover, but I was inspired to recreate a color sketch of this scene today.

Easton Sketches

Easton is a wonderland of shopping, eating, and attempting to feel beautiful. You don't have to be rich to be there, but you feel like you need to spend money once you're there, so it's better if you are.

I can't wait until it gets warm enough for me to set up outside and capture more of the exteriors than what can be seen from inside Barnes and Noble.

April 3, 2006: 20 min.

April 10, 2006: 30 min.

This sketch I could actually go back into and paint to completion.

Early Sketches

This was my first attempt at a live digital color sketch. Location: Panera Bread on High Street, Columbus, Ohio. Time of completion: 15 min.

Next, an attempt at an original concept art piece, completely digitally drawn and painted, 15 min.

A view of Sarah's backyard from her living room. 30 min.

From Sketch to Screen: an Introduction.

I've been gifted with the desire to draw. Note that I do not claim to have a gift of "drawing," but the desire itself is the gift that God has given me. It's what separates those who quit after their first "bad" drawing day and those who strive to have better days. It's what keeps me drawing and will keep me drawing for the rest of my life.

My recent endeavors have led me to purchase a mobile computer and a pressure-sensitive drawing tablet, with which I am able to create artwork completely without the use of paper or artist's materials. Photoshop is a wonderful, limitless, and expansive program that has the capability of recreating to incredible precision every artist's tool imaginable. I learned to paint for the first time a few years ago, but the recent addition of Photoshop to my toolbox has re-ignited my passion for painting, and I have been re-learning it from the ground up... digitally.

This blog is meant to bring my friends and family into my creative world. I will be posting my recent sketches, whether digital or hand-drawn, personal or professional. Any and all criticism and comments are welcome. Any artist who gets only pats on the back will never get better.

Joey J