June 26, 2009


This drawing is done in vine charcoal, a medium I rarely use because it so easily falls off the page before it's sprayed with a fixative. I tend to prefer compressed charcoal for it's ability to grip the paper and make dark darks, but I find myself coming back to vine charcoal from time to time for it's delicate quality.

June 19, 2009

Sunflower. 15"x 20" on arches cold press watercolor paper.

June 17, 2009

Color Workshop this Saturday


This Saturday, June 20th, I'll be giving an all day workshop on color theory for subjects of all kinds including landscape, figurative and entertainment arts. Here's what we'll cover:
  • The fundamentals of color theory for painters (traditional and digital).
  • The emotional impact of various color combinations to create mood and environment.
  • Principles for organizing the complexities of color into pleasing harmonies.
  • Color exploration exercises.
  • Painting from a costumed model in a colored light environment.
To enroll contact the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art at 877-695-2232. Their site is www.laafa.org.

June 05, 2009

Final frame from the animated film The Road to El Dorado (2000).

Color key for the background painting. It was originally meant to be a backlit scene but as you can see in the final version we brought the light around to the front.

Painted foreground element.

Final background painting. All images Copyright DreamWorks Animation.

And for those of you who have been asking for a gouache landscape sketch demo, I have one up over on Landsketch.