Frazetta Dark Kingdom | 8:57 Time Lapse Painting | Re-Upload

I'm reuploading this to dLive for my students. I'm testing to see if I can embed dLive videos on my blog. Apparently it works.

I found a painting by Frazetta that I liked and I did a copy of it. I painted it in openCanvas so that I could play back a recording of the painting and speed it up in Premiere.

I'm using a few different tablets for this.

Cheap - Wacom Intuos Pen and Touch(new version)
It's small and good for travel.

Cheap and good - Huion Inspiroy G10T Gen 2
This one is really great and wireless. Also small and good for travel.

Good but pricey - Wacom Intuos Large(old version)
This one works with the Wacom Art Pen which I love to use. When my Cintiq broke, I didn't want to buy another one
because they're so expensive. So I went back to using a tablet.

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Paintings my Teachers Hated

My teachers hated a lot of the paintings I did in class. These were all models in-class. The women did 20 minute poses and these were fast ass oil paintings. The men were done as 2-h0ur poses.

The reason I was able to these was because I spent the whole day painting these women.  What you're not seeing are the 5 hours of crap paintings that led to these 20 minute lucky paintings.

This one my teacher didn't think I was taking enough risks.

This one was another one where my teacher thought I was playing it safe.

I knew I was playing it safe.  You feel really fake when you do stuff where you know it will probably turn out good. There's no struggle and other people who paint professionally can tell that.

I am going to take a bit of a break from digital and paint more.  I feel the need to bust out some more traditional work. And I think I need to risk the possibility of creating some crappy paintings.

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Missing The Boat | ULOG #NINETEEN

I graduated from art school right when Photoshop started rising in popularity.  Designers at all the ad agencies started using it along with PhotoCD's which grew popular before that got taken over by digital cameras. At the time, I had no idea what a dinosaur I already was, skillwise, without even knowing it before landing my first in-house job.

When I was in school, I wanted to be a movie poster artist like Drew Struzan. What I didn't realize was that traditional movie poster art was on its way out.  Even Drew Struzan couldn't be Drew Struzan anymore.

Movie directors still celebrate Struzan's work. But there are only a few directors these days like Guillermo del Toro and Frank Darabont who are actually willing to fight movie studio ad agencies to try to do apply traditional art to their movie poster advertising.

I think the issue is that in the case of an illustrator, he holds more power over the image than the ad agency. Illustrators would make $800 a day. Photographers might make $24,000 a day(in 1997) Without the illustrator, the ad agency couldn't produce a poster. With the advent of Photoshop, that meant that any ad agency could produce a poster and they didn't need illustrators anymore.  At most they might need sketch guys to compose images which in-house graphic designers would attempt to emulate/reproduce.

At this point, it's not about making great art. It's about getting the job done fast. I didn't draw the things I liked; I drew what I thought agencies might need.

Things like:

The Anti-Hero

The Pretty Girl

Group Shots

Funny Fat Guy Type

Invented Scenes with no reference other than a headshot.

I also learned how to airbrush.

But what I discovered was I really didn't like doing this kind of work.  I felt really fake.  All of these images were just samples, not real art.

Sure, I got a few nice paychecks, but the stress and the quick turnaround pressure wasn't any fun. Also, no one would ever see this work. It would always end up being a Photoshop big head poster in the end. I would get hired to do sketches, but better and more famous illustrators would be brought in. The stuff I would get to do was grunt stuff that name guys didn't want to do.

And I eventually grew to hate it. High pressure and no fun. Obsolete to the max. No one needed it or wanted it anymore. Missing that boat was a blessing.

I ended up moving away from California. I had some specific skills for a business sector that was rapidly fading away.  I needed to figure out what to do with myself.  I needed to rethink, regroup, reset and plan a new strategy.

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2 Minute Quick Sketches - Feel More Think Less | ULOG #SIXTEEN

This was one of the first drawings where I felt I was starting to get the hang of this quicksketch technique. I still haven't mastered it, but I think I can get close.

The good thing about this is that when you feel like you are getting the hang of drawing you can 'feel' more and 'think' less. 'Feeling' more is how I like to work nowadays.  If I 'think' too much I mess myself up.

Robert was a great model.  He retired a while back.

He always struck poses that echoed some kind of story.

These ladies were a nice respite.  Drawing males all the time, especially when the school hires the same male model over and over again can get old real fast.  It kills the energy.  No disrespect to the model, but, artists need some variety. I love drawing women. I need more women.  I'm thinking I'm going to hire some women to just come over to the studio and pose.  I feel like I'm getting rusty and need to paint more.

I think this testing of these cross-posts is beneficial.

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@PixelColada

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Past Comic Con Memories | ULOG #FIFTEEN

This gal was modeling at a small Comic Convention a few years back.  She was much prettier than I drew her. My teacher at the time organized a space on the convention floor where we could all draw the models.  It was an effort to get some students into the school.  I don't know if anyone joined, but I suspect that most who wandered by didn't know what they were looking at or missing.

The drawing was done as a 20 minute pose after warm-ups.  It's a little weird to draw with that many people looking over your shoulder and shuffling past.

I teach drawing and painting now myself, but from the comfort of my own home.  Technology has made it possible that you can learn(and teach) at your convenience.  I record videos of critiques and demos then upload them to the school server.

However, this places more responsibility on students. The onus is on them to practice and get better.  Actually that has always been the way, the good ones know it.

Currently, I wish I had more students. That's been the big drawback to the teaching, the numbers. Also, I'm not a 'name' artist. So students who end up in my class likely wound up there by luck rather than seeking me out.

Here's my material list:

Ritmo Charcoal(which you can no longer buy on Amazon) on Smooth Newsprint.  I need to change up some of my materials.

Since the image map got rejected, I'm going to try with this nested table of social media icons. Let's see if this works.

I wonder if I need to upload from the Elegance.blue website for this to work.  I may do that for the one. But the convenience of uploading from my own server is unbeatable.

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Testing Elegance | ULOG #FOURTEEN

I just saw that there's a new art platform on Steem called Elegance. I think it might be nice place to put my figure drawing stuff there.   The way I understand it, Elegance wants to be like Instagram but for artists. (not photographers) There is already Steepshot for that.  I think I will reserve using Steepshot  for my photography and try using Elegance for just art.

The drawing above is a quicksketch done in 2 minutes during warm-ups.  Ritmo Charcoal(which you can no longer buy on Amazon) on Smooth Newsprint. Associates in Art, with Mark Westermoe. Burbank, California.

I'm also curious to know how my carousel/stack/isotope theme gallery image display works. I'll try that out in my next post.

There's all kinds of things I'm curious about.  For example, I wonder if I can create an image map.  I'm going to test that and see how it goes.

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@PixelColada


Wine and Paint | ULOG #THIRTEEN

My wife Alison, is better at following directions. Her painting turned out just like the instructor's. I did this X-Wing fighter by following a tutorial by James Gurney on YouTube.

Acrylic on Canvas. 2 Hours. She had 4 mimosas and I almost finished off a diet Coke. Two hours. Brushes in bad condition(loose ferrules) and a six-color limited palette of cheap paint, kind of like Dick Blick pump acrylics.

This was date night and it was kind of fun.  I thought I'd be annoyed at a business model that takes my profession that I worked hard to become good at and applied alcohol and hip-hop music to it.  But on the whole, it's designed to enable people to go through step-by-step easy to follow instructions and wind up with a consistent quality piece.  This sort of event is for people who don't think they can paint. But they can drink and loosen up and get over their fear. That's the important goal, that feeling of success. What they don't realize is that the steps they are taking are designed for them not to fail.  Why would you go pay money to fail at something that's not your profession? There wasn't any real risk and most of the important decisions have been taken out of your hands.

You get to go home and feel good. That's a really smart business model. The place was packed on a Friday night.

Alison is a very creative person, but she has limited experience in painting. Last night was refreshing and stress free.

I'll have her post some of her own work soon.

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@PixelColada

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Test Post Please Ignore | ULOG #TWELVE

This is a quick test post.  I recently got this green screen and I love it.  It's the same one @exyle purchased. I got mine from Amazon.

It's the Elgato Collapsible Green Screen.  It works fantastically. I'll post a video about it shortly. I got it mainly to use with OBS. I don't game, but I do record videos for my students.  This is intended to help with that.  Maybe I will start gaming.

I'm using it with a Logitech c922 Pro 1080P Webcam which came with a small tripod and ChromaKey software.

Logitech 1080p Pro Stream Webcam for HD Video Streaming and Recording
Logitech 1080p Pro Stream Webcam for HD Video Streaming and Recording

That camera really works well.  I was thinking of getting the Razer Kiyo because it has a ring light, but I'm getting enough light on my face from the windows.

Razer Kiyo - Full HD 1080P Streaming Camera - Pro Webcam Optimized for Youtube/Twitch - Worlds First In-Built Ring Light
Razer Kiyo - Full HD 1080P Streaming Camera - Pro Webcam Optimized for Youtube/Twitch - Worlds First In-Built Ring Light

But first, I wanted to make a quick post that tested Steempress with custom tags. I want to see if this post will work.

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@PixelColada

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Bisaya not for me

When I was very young, my parents made the decision to never speak Bisaya to me. Growing up in America, they didn't want me to have to struggle in school, being confused by two languages.

I grew up struggling with how to speak English based on my parent's heavy Filipino accent. And when we visited family, I felt like an outsider because I didn't know or understand Bisaya.

I'm still pretty slow with it. I understand better now than I can speak. But in college it really bothered me. When you leave home, you start to discover who you really are. It bothered me that I felt so disconnected from my heritage. As an art student, I did a few paintings about it. These paintings are from my last trip in 1993.

Preparing Lechon
Preparing Lechon
Preparing Lechon Detail
Preparing Lechon Detail

When I presented these paintings in class to my fellow students, no onereally seemed to care. No one could understand my experience from my point of view. I wasn't a good enough painter back then to express how I felt. But even if I was a better painter, I still don't think any of them would have cared more.

Selfie w/ Jeepney Painting

Now that I'm much older, I don't worry about it so much. That struggle is no longer one that occupies my daily thoughts.

Jeepney w/ Lamp
Jeepney w/ Lamp

My wife understands how I feel. She understands my longing for my culture and she can see how happy I am when family visits us. She's not Filipino, but she does what she can to make me feel like our house has a little bit of back home. She made that lamp for me out of paper. Both of them. Just little things.

My Uncle told me that "Love is finding someone who understands you."

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@PixelColada


Hard to Sleep

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Fear of Drowning. Graphite on Board.

Sleep doesn't come easy to me. I'm restless and troubled. Sometimes I can't breath.

Many times, I don't understand my dreams.

Today's Haiku: