detail of cloudscape painting. watercolor on fabriano hot press

My instructor praised my “use of symbolism in the cloud shapes” for this painting, but really I was just going by one of the many photographs I took of a gorgeous Humboldt County sunset. Sometimes a cloud is just a cloud.

cloudscape. watercolor on fabriano hot press, 6x4 inches
cloudscape. watercolor on fabriano hot press, 6×4 inches

Of course now that she’s said that, I find myself moved by the poignant struggle illustrated by the tank-shaped cloud on the right mercilessly pursuing the poor turtle carrying a pastry in his mouth, as he tries to feed the ravenous bunny with the detachable jaw on the right.

…nope, still just a bunch of pretty clouds.

Speed metal

Whee, metal! More watercolor class assignments. I ended up having to paint all three of these in one day, back-to-back and super fast. Well, fast for me anyway. Thankfully I’d done all the preliminary drawing the night before or I wouldn’t have made the deadline.


Copper pot the first:


And now I indulge my newfound love of detail shots. Can you tell this painting is my favorite of the three? I had fun with the various spattering and salt techniques I used on this one.





Watercolor on fabriano paper, 8×10 inches.


Copper pot, the second:



Watercolor on fabriano paper, 8×10 inches.


And a dull silver metal.

This one was definitely the most rushed of the three, I even tore the paper in my hurry to remove the masking tape.




watercolor on Fabriano paper, 3×6 inches.


Other metal paintings, in acrylics. Hey look, it’s the same copper pot! Was interesting to do the same subject in a different medium – much more planning ahead required with watercolors.

face parts

Studies of various facial features in oil. The eyes were definitely my favorite, though the ears were sorta fun too.

collage of dooooom

Pilots call me Starbuck. You may refer to me as God.
“Pilots call me Starbuck. You may refer to me as God.”

oh my god so many layers D:

This was an assignment for a digital illustration class – create a portrait out of provided illustrations of food and objects. Her wings are made of corn, her hair is leaves and shaving brushes, her face is mostly turnips.

I am actually not a big fan of collage, so this was an interesting challenge. Definitely not something I would have attempted on my own, and probably wouldn’t have gotten through if I hadn’t bribed myself with a BSG rewatch while I worked. 🙂  I ended up having to rush on the face and the hair a bit due to deadlines, may go back and tweak those in the future. Then again, just this much took me 10+ hours, so maybe not. XD

edit: And now with color!

Angel Starbuck in color! (spoilery caption is slightly spoilery)

Not entirely happy with this. The assignment called for us to emphasize the individual pieces of the collage, but I kinda bent the rules in my original creation so this didn’t translate too well in the color phase. The result is sort of an awkward halfway point between that approach and a more realistic one. Necessary for the grade, but not how I would have handled it otherwise. It was fun to paint, though!