Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Professor Paint Goes Hollywood

Hi, folks! Some of you may be aware that my loves for art and for ideas have converged in film-making in recent years. My first feature film, Killing Poe, is nearly complete and will be released in only a few short months.

KILLING POE is a college comedy that unfolds like many of Edgar Allan Poe's stories. The film follows five students in a class on Poe who share the plight of suffering under their lecherous professor, Dr. Lynch. When the students have had enough, they hatch a plan to teach Lynch a lesson. But their "simple plan" quickly spirals out of control in true Poe style. Beneath the surface of the film's comedic trappings is a look at the clarity one experiences when realizing that life as you know it has reached an end. The film is scheduled for release in 2015.

The film stars MATT BUSH ("Adventureland," Charlie Sheen's "Anger Management," and "Glory Daze"), OSRIC CHAU ("2012" and "Supernatural," recurring), JULIANNA GUILL ("Crazy, Stupid, Love," "Friday the 13th," and MTV's "Underemployed"), CYRINA FIALLO (NBC's "Community," MTV's "made, the Movie," and Disney's "Good Luck Charlie," recurring), SUNKRISH BALA (AMC's "Walking Dead," Showtime's "Shameless," recurring, and MTV's "Awkward").

The trailer for the movie is now online. Please give it a view below. (Warning: there's some harsh, comedic language.) And please LIKE Killing Poe on Facebook. Enjoy!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Christ, the Light Giver - step 2

Earlier this month, I posted on a commission I began for Light of Christ Anglican Church (here). The piece is an icon of Christ, the Light Giver.

As noted in my last post, I began by treating the board with acrylic gesso. I then followed this with the underdrawing. Finally, I sealed the drawing with fixative spray. 

In this second step, I applied a yellow ochre acrylic wash. The fixative spray prevents the paint from affecting the drawing; hence, the wash functions much like oil glazes in which the lower layer is meant to show through. 

I followed this initial wash with some white highlight work, specifically in the face area. This also provided an opportunity to make subtle changes to Christ's features where the drawing was off, as well as less subtle adjustments to his right (our left) shoulder. I then followed this with another acrylic wash. 

My intention with this particular piece is to work entirely by means of washes and glazes. Thus, I will next begin single-color oil glazes, followed again by highlights and shadows, and repeat. Unlike my St. Ancmon icon, then, which utilized more opaque applications of oil paint, I intend to build this piece entirely with transparent layers. We'll see if it works. Do follow along and see.    

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Christ, the Light Giver

Yesterday I started in on my latest commission, an icon for Light of Christ Anglican Church in Kenosha, WI. The icon is of Christ, the Light Giver - suitable, given the name of the church. 

I began by treating the board yesterday morning, and by yesterday evening, I started in on the underdrawing. I finished it well after midnight. The results are to the right. 

My goal is to finish this out before the close of the month. Be watching for the next steps. 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

New Art Website

In an effort to better promote my artwork, I've put together a new art website: 

It features not only my fine art, but also my illustrations, storyboards, and character design. Commission details and contact information can be found on the site as well. Please give it a look, and feel free to share it. Enjoy!

Friday, December 5, 2014

St. Basil the Great - Woodcut(ish)

In my previous post, I recalled my studies of Durer's woodcuts and my subsequent effort to employ this style in an icon of St. George

I was pleased with the results, so I decided to produce a second icon in the style of Durer. This time I produced an icon of my patron Saint, Basil of Caesarea (right). As you can see, everything about the drawing is in classical iconic style, with the exception of the woodcut style. 

I'm rather pleased with the results, so I expect to produce several more icons along these lines in the coming months. Be watching for more. 

Thursday, December 4, 2014

St. George - Durer Style

It has been quite some time since I last posted to this blog. Life has been crazy of late with a change of university, moving, and numerous other life events. But I have been working. So, if anyone is still reading, I thought I would post some of my recent work. Be watching for more posts in the coming days.

In an older post, I mentioned spending some time with Durer, reproducing some of his woodcuts (read here). As I said then, it was a master lesson in drawing. I have since tried to employ what I learned by mimicking Durer's style in a piece of my own. I chose as my subject matter St. George. I produced the piece in honor of Veterans Day. Enjoy!

Triptych, Step 3

This is the third installment on the triptych I’m producing for Light of Christ Anglican Church. You can find the first two installments on this blog or by clicking on the hyperlinks below.
To the left, you can see photos of the various stages of my most recent progress. You can also scroll down to find a video that documents the changes step-by-step.

Installment two ended halfway through the underdrawing of the center panel. As you can see, I have since finished out the underdrawing. In specific, I added the wall of Jerusalem; shaded the figures; included cherubim above the cross; added the initials of each figure; wrote the text for "Jesus of Nazareth King of the Jews" on the headboard; and added the Greek for crucifixion above the cross.

After finishing out the underdrawing, I moved into the underpainting. This underpainting consists of a series of acrylic washings. The first wash was a simple yellow ochre over the entire piece. I followed this with a series of washes, using various combinations of yellow ochre and burnt umber, that added value to the surrounding objects.

The final stage was the initial application of gold leaf to the halos of the Theotokos, Jesus, and John. In this first application, I used acrylic gold paint. In the final stages, I will cover this with gold leaf. 

In my next installment, I will move into oil paint. So, be watching for more.

(NOTE: This post was originally published back in 2013, but was accidentally deleted. Thankfully I managed to recover its content, but the original date and comments have been lost.)