Thursday, April 19, 2012

Tree House Project

Right after the kitchen project we started our Tree Houses. We were required to do interior and exterior views of our tree house, set to fit in the same "film" as our kitchens.

In between thumbnailing and refining ideas we did two practice paints. A close up on a tree, and the whole tree.

Variations based on my better thumbnails.
The final sketches under a quick color and lighting study.
And the final paints! There's some compositional, lighting and color problems but I am significantly more satisfied with my treehouses than I was with my kitchens. I think I'm starting to get the hang of digital painting.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Gary Soto Kitchen Project

For my beginning visual development class we were asked to design a kitchen based on the writings of Gary Soto, as he grew up in a lower to middle class family in the 1950's.
Much of the class had never painted digitally before, so to warm up we chose an object from our own kitchen to break in our photoshop shoes. I chose my electric kettle.

After many thumbnails, careful planning and revisions we sketched the line drawings of two views of our kitchens. Following this was pencil renderings with two versions of lighting for each view. Once that was completed we picked one rendering to paint in color. After the final paintings were turned in, the teacher asked us to repaint a selection of our image and apply what we learned from the final critique and the other student's work.

This project was extremely difficult and pushed many of my boundaries. My strengths do not lie in perspective and man made objects, and I had never painted in photoshop before. Over all I am happy with my design work though my technical experience could use some more skill points. I can't say I'm happy with my final painting, I feel I could have done a better job unifying colors and staying closer to my lighting study. I am much more satisfied with my selection painting as I was able to fix many of the problems I faced in the full piece, though I still have a lot to learn.

I'm pretty excited to be finished with the kitchens and I'm super stoked for our current project, designing tree houses!