Monday, December 22, 2008

Cat Portrait: Working with Poor Quality Reference Photos

Still needs some work...and I think this cat looks way too kitten-like in proportions, but it's deadline is today so this is probably the final portrait.

Here's the reference picture I was given:

And here's the portrait:

And a zoomed in pic of the face:

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

The aww factor

Another non art-related post, but the aww factor is so high I can't resist. Neotomrama posted an entry about this blog called Zooborns. Each entry features newborn baby animals born in zoos around the world...such as these Pallas kittens born in The Bramble Park zoo in South Dakota:

And these Red River Hog piglets (an animal I'd never heard of..look at momma's ears!) born in the Cincinnati Zoo:

Go check it out, There's lots of interesting info about each of the newborns...beware the overwhelming cuteness.

Monday, December 8, 2008

pet portraits

I got a small job doing a pencil portrait of my vet's receptionist's friend's cat (whew.) but haven't been able to do it yet because I'm having computer troubles. See, the picture she gave me it the only picture she's got, so I don't want to get it crumpled or dirty--So I need to scan it in to my computer (then I'm going to enlarge it to the size I want the actual portrait to be before printing it out.) Well, my computer at home doesn't like having things plugged into both USB ports apparently. so when I plug in my scanner/printer then my mouse stops working. And I can't enlarge the picture very well with out a mouse. Very annoying. So I need to bring the photo to work to scan it in and I keep forgetting to. I wish I was better at computer things.

So here's a quick pencil portrait of my cat Gypsy since I haven't finished (or started) the portrait of that lady's cat yet.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Robert Hunt

Neatorama did a post about the stories behind the logos of various big Hollywood studios. One of the Sudios talked about was dreamworks, Who's logo was painted by Robert Hunt...which led me to go to the guy's website. What an amazing illustrator/Fine artist. Anyone who actually reads this be sure to check out the "alter ego" link on his site.