Saturday, November 7, 2009

IF - Blur - Cowboy descending bull

I've posted this image before, but because this week's Illustration Friday topic is "blur" I thought I'd post it again. Click the image to get a closer look.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Lyle — Color

Here's Lyle without the word balloon.

IF-Lyle "Skinny Legs" Lovett

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Lyle — Refined sketch

 It's almost there.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Lyle revisited

One of my MFA projects was a caricature of Lyle Lovett. There were two problems with what I did. The first was the composition was very dull and stiff. The second was the likeness wasn't very good.
I had some free time today so I reworked the sketch. This one is much closer to what I was going for. I'll keep working on this and probably take it to full color.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Us and Them (TV)

I posted a copy of this painting (unfinished) earlier. Here's the final. The color is closer to the original. Even through I'm finished graduate school I am going to continue this series.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Another thesis painting

I am finished getting my MFA. The last two weeks of classes ended July 24. The first week was a fantastic illustration class with C.F. Payne and Gary Kelley. I already knew they were talented illustrators but I discovered they are also gifted teachers. The second week was a self promotion class with Danny Pelavin and Chris Spollen who are two of the funniest and most talented people I've ever met. Their class was full of laughs and tons of information. We each designed self promotion pieces specific to our work.

I have mixed feelings about finishing the program. On one hand I feel a tremendous sense of relief. No more projects or papers. No more financial strain of trying to pay tuition and pay my everyday bills. No more worrying that I might not finish all my paintings on time for the final show. On the other hand, I'm going to miss the program and more specifically the people in it. My classmates are a great bunch of illustrators and although I'm sure we will stay in touch and see each other from time to time, it won't be as often as it's been in the last two years. I'll miss things like all my classmates going to the Leyendecker exhibit in California and then taking over the back room of a nice little restaurant.

I'll miss the excitement of crits, finally seeing what everyone has done. Every time, I was blown away by the talent and skill on display. It was intimidating at times, knowing I had to put my paintings next to such amazing illustrations, but it was also very motivating.

And I'll miss my illustration mom and dad, Carol and Murray Tinkelman whose kindness and generosity have helped make the last years two of the best of my professional life.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

New thesis painting

Two weeks to go. Here's the latest.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Fuerzabruta Painting

Here's another finished (almost) painting for my thesis project.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Thesis painting

Here's the first in a series of final paintings for my thesis project, based on the show Fuerzabruta.
Like the show, my images will be ambiguous. Taken together, themes such as isolation and connection will be explored. I have a specific narrative in mind running through the series, but the viewer's interpretation may change the story they take away from the paintings. I've struggled with technique and am relieved to finally hit on a direction I'm happy with.
Update: I've redone this image.
Here's the same image cropped wider. I haven't decided which I will go with.

Mixed Media — Watercolor and Acrylic on board

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

New York Project

Here's a watercolor I did for my New York MFA project.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Sketchbook - Evelyn Nesbit

This is a sketch from my sketchbook of Evelyn Nesbit. She was a chorus girl and artist's model. She modeled for Frederick S. Church and sculptor George Grey Barnard. She was a model for Gibson's "The Eternal Question". Her husband, Harry Kendall Thaw, fatally shot one of her former lovers, the prominent architect, Stanford White. The movie, "The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing" is based on her life.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Collinsville, CT

This is a painting is of a store that used to be in downtown Collinsville Connecticut, just down the road from my house. Click here to see what it looks like today on Google Maps. While you are there, take a look around. It's a great little town.

Oil on canvas

La Jetée Sketch

Here's my sketch for the painting below. I like this sketch much more than the painting. 

La Jetée Poster

This painting is for a history of illustration class taught by science fiction illustrator Vincent Di Fate. It's a movie poster for an imaginary remake of the short film La Jetée. La Jetée is the basis for the movie Twelve Monkees. My model for the male face was my classmate Dan Yagmin. The female figure was from one of the over 1500 reference photos I've taken at Fuerzabruta. 

Oil painting, revised in Photoshop.

Cowboy Descending Bull Sketch

Here's my sketch for the rodeo picture.

Cowboy Descending Bull

Here's my painting from our trip to Fort Worth, Texas.

Oil on canvas

Pasadena Project

Every spring and fall the MFA program meets in a different city. After each trip, at the next contact period, every student has to present an illustration based on the last trip. This is my painting from our trip to Pasadena, California.

Oil on canvas

Fuerzabruta Painting

This painting is still in progress. It's a thesis painting based on  the show Fuerzabruta

Oil painting  40" high by 48" wide

Fuerzabruta Color Study

Here's a color study for my MFA thesis project. I'm doing a series of paintings based on the show Fuerzabruta which is currently running in New York City.