Phew! Finished just in time for my desk to get packed up. Compilation canvas and some final words coming soon…
#4 in my first lighting practice series was lit using an ordinary CFL bulb (“soft white”, to be specific) in a desk lamp pointed straight at the scene from the left. I also continue to correct composition and perspective issues with each successive piece.
So far my method has been to use the previous painting as a base for the next one, though I do end up fully painting over it in the process. This has worked well, as it lets me spend my time on color and not repeating composition, though I do keep fixing things with composition as I go.
Color-wise, I feel like this is the most artificial looking of the bunch so far. Everything’s the color you expect it to be (and probably the closests these objects have been to their “real” colors), thanks to the lack of natural light and use of almost-white interior lighting. However, a trip to Fred Meyer for colored bulbs has ensured at least a few alien-looking entries will be added to this series soon.
A couple hours
Round 3! Here’s the same scene again, this time illuminated by an enormous wad of pink Christmas lights and a smaller wad of rainbow Christmas lights off to the left and below. They gave everything a pinkish cast.
And here’s the same scene again, this time with “evening light” – ie: a desk lamp to the left and a floor lamp across the room. Here’s the earlier version painted in daylight.
I painted over the previous version (don’t worry, it was a copy 🙂 ) to save some time and to help what might eventually be a whole bunch of these look consistent on composition. Dinoraur’s crotch makes me lol.
Well, my finger’s recovery has taken much longer than expected. I suppose there’s a difference between cutting a cyst out of flesh and fat (like usual) and cutting a cyst off the thin layer of tissue between finger skin and bone. It’s healing up nicely, but it’s still interfering with resting my hand while I paint. Boo hiss! (I probably got the darn thing from painting anyway.)
In the meantime, I’ve been working on two projects that don’t require my painting hand:
1) My web dev skillz by writing new articles on my home/life blog leveluphouse.com. I’m exploring Google Analytics, learning about search engine optimization, CSS, and I’m just plain having fun writing about my adventures. I’m also trying to get into Twitter and Tumblr, but I’m still much more into good old fashioned blogging (can blogging really be called old fashioned?) and website building.
2) Wy Goes With, which is the working title of my first game app. Jim’s gone off exploring path finding and AI on a side project of his own while I crank away on improvements to WGW, trying to turn it into a brief but cohesive experience.
My only complaint right now is feeling too stretched out. When I write for leveluphouse, I feel like I’m neglecting my app. When I get involved in my app, I feel like I should be painting. When I’m painting, I’m super happy and have no complaints. 🙂
I hope to get back to painting very soon.
Just a brief post to commemorate some good news: I’ve been hired as a game designer for Playdom, a Disney development studio in close by Bellevue, WA.
Those who know me well know it’s never “just a job” to me – it’s me giving my all to a single client. Taking on a single client is riskier than the diversification that comes with freelance (case in point: being laid off with a quarter of my fellow colleagues by Glu Mobile a few months ago), but I want to be a part of the team that created Marvel Avenger’s Alliance, which I believe is one of the finest games currently available on Facebook.
I’m very excited about developing for Facebook, which is more similar to PC gaming than any platform I’ve developed for before (with the exception for the couple of PC games I shipped early in my career, of course). I love the challenge and the marketplace associated with mobile, but PC gaming is my roots and my natural habitat is behind a keyboard.
I’m very excited to get to work.
This post is to formally announce the creation of majoh.com/blog
Yup, that’s a bonafide 100% authentic Grown-up House! With 2-CAR GARAGE ACTION! We’re very happy with it – especially after tearing out the filthy carpet that had been gathering crust since the first Bush administration, fixing drippy pipes, a not-locking front door lock, replacing faucets and outlet covers (not at the same time!), replacing a leaky furnace, and slapping our own personal style onto every wall we could before we moved in two days before Christmas.
My awesome Dad flew in for a week in early December to help us transform this place from borderline fixer-upper to one pretty awesome place to hole up in for a while.
This is the second time Jim and I have squeezed a move in the brief space of time between Thanksgiving and Christmas – our Moms think we must have a vendetta against holidays. The dust has finally settled, though, and we’re settling into the groove of living in a place that’s nearly three times larger than our first home!
Now that we’ve got life somewhat back to running smoothly, we’re slowly incorporating fun things back into our evenings and weekends… like painting! And Netflix, and Rock Band, and conversations that aren’t about pipe insulation or wall colors.
The whole thing started after Jim and I watched a few episodes of the Japanese-made live action Sailor Moon show on YouTube. Drawing Sailor Moon coincided with me getting serious about art when I was around 12/13ish. I thought it’d be fun to revisit the characters, having not drawn them in some 15 years or so now. I started with Moon originally but mid-way through, got a great idea for Mercury and painted her instead. She became the first in the series that would eventually include all of the main cast, and would occupy me from March to May. As I worked on the others, I kept revisiting this one, starting it over a couple times and changing its direction each time.
This summer was really a bad time for painting, though – my Dad came to visit in May, Jim and I looked at an endless stream of real estate in June, I went home to Illinois for a week and a half, I worked at GenCon with some friends in Indiana, I took up evening exercise (in addition to my hour in the morning) in effort to kick start some weight loss, my job sent me to CA for a few days, and then I was sick with the flu for a week – it’s just been nuts, and I wasn’t able to paint regularly for most of the summer.
But the best time of year is here at last! Autumn and winter are my favorite seasons. I feel inspired, and free time has returned. I was finally able to finish this series!