Sunday, September 21, 2014

Sergio Cariello, Howard Pyle, and N.C. Wyeth

While I unfortunately do not have any new artwork to post, this past week held two exciting art-related events for me. The first was the chance to hear about the life and work process of Sergio Cariello. Sergio is an illustrator who has worked for both Marvel and DC, and more recently has become well-known for his illustration of The Action Bible. I got to sit in on a lecture with Sergio, where he talked about his life story, and how he got to the point he is at now. Also, he gave a live demo of his work process, sketching on his Cintiq which was linked to the projectors in the classroom. At the end, there was also an opportunity for some questions and answers, which yielded some interesting information about his views on art in general, and the freelancing industry. On top of this, Sergio's work is being exhibited in the university gallery for a number of weeks, so I look forward to the chance to stop by there and examine his art in greater detail.

The second fantastic event was a completely chance happening. While walking through the library to do some studying, I noticed a book standing on display on top of a low bookshelf. It was entitled Visions of Adventure: N. C. Wyeth and the Brandywine Artists. I vaguely recognized the name, and picked it up, leafing through the pages. As I read, I realized that N.C. Wyeth was one of the students of famed adventure illustrator Howard Pyle, and that this book provided a sampling of Wyeth's work and Pyle's work, along with the art of a number of Pyle's other students, all of whom studied under him at his Brandywine school. I haven't finished the book yet, but so far it has been a wonderful experience. Wyeth's fluid brushwork and dramatic darkness continue to enthrall me, and I'm hugely grateful for finding such an amazing book.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Equivalent Exchange

Something I've come to realize more recently is that I love symbolic art. Geometric shapes and patterns interwoven with symbolic meaning fascinate. For example, the cover to Nintendo's Hyrule Historia features a circular pattern that contains elements which are symbolically relevant to the Zeldarian lore.

Recently, I finished watching Fullmetal Alchemist the original series, and quite enjoyed it. I particularly liked the artist, yet highly structured and geometric patterns of the transmutation circles, and decided to draw one. However, I wanted to make something that was more than simply a cool pattern, but symbolically relevant, as well. So, given the stress placed on the concept of "Equivalent Exchange" throughout the series, I designed a transmutation circle that incorporates elements of the Christian faith, and scriptures which talk about the exchange made for us in the form of Christ's death on the cross.

I first created the circle and text with a pencil, then traced over that with a Faber-Castell india ink pen. Unfortunately, I didn't have any of my inks with my at college, so I had to settle for some red calligraphy ink I picked up at the college bookstore, which is much brighter and less bloody-looking than I would have liked. I may go over it in a darker ink if the opportunity presents itself.

"Equivalent Exchange"

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Changes and Updates

Well, it's been a while, to state the obvious. Spending the summer at a camp secluded from technology and internet tends to impact one's ability to post on a blog. So does beginning your freshman year of college. Both of which happened. I'm now studying Studio Art at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. It's an exciting experience, and what I've seen of the art department so far has me very excited. On the downside, I no longer have access to a scanner. Below is a sketch of a clockwork sword I threw together up at camp--I was disappointed by how small my sketchpad was, because I'd ideally like the blade portion to be at least 50% longer than it is, but oh well. From here on out I'm going to try photographing my sketches for uploading to my blog, so hopefully that will work fairly well. If not, I'll come up with something--maybe. But for now, the sword.