Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Summer Stuff: CDA

So I went through a lot this summer.  Dealing with all of that was interesting and made me grew as a person.  I made a lot of new awesome friends and am really grateful for the ones that helped me through the hard times.  You guys are awesome. :) 

So besides from dealing with life, I also took a few classes at Concept Design Academy again.  I took Leighton Hickman's Landscape painting class, Peter Han's Vis Com: Dynamic Sketching, and Mike Yamada and Victoria Ying's Visual Development class.

Leighton's class was challenging having to go back to traditional media and ACTUALLY having to mix the paints.  I think that's what's awesome about doing plein air traditionally though. You really learn to think before you make a paint stroke since there's no undo button.  You also learn more about color since it's a limited pallet and realizing what colors are needed to be mixed to get a certain color.  Here are a few of the paintings I did for that class.  The water colors are around 1.5 X 5 inches, so they're pretty small.  The oil painting is 9 x 12 for those who are wondering.  A few of them (the ones that have the orange rocks)  are from my family trip to Utah. :)  We got to visit several of the national parks.  Minus the heat, it was awesome to hike and paint there.

Vis Com was a lot of fun too.  It was nice to go back to just drawing and sketching again.  The thing I learned the most from that class is how much putting in the mileage really helps you improve.  Even simply redrawing the same thing over and over again helps tremendously.

Visual Development was fun also.  We did a few exercises as well as a project for Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes.  There's still a few notes on the illustrations that I would like to address when I have the time.

So that's pretty much my summer.  Artwise at least. :)  Now onward to the Fall semester! Wish me luck. :X