Saturday, April 30, 2011

Lost Toast

I came up with this guy as a potential character for my animation final for my Art28 class. I decided to render him for today's speedy.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Wyeth Master Copy

Another master study for today speedy. Although it was more like 1.5 hours.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Leyendecker Master Copy

Had free time so I found a Leyendecker and copied it. Woooooww doing this was soo insightful. I felt like I was picking his brain. I have very little traditional painting experience but this study really makes me want to break out my oils.

Anyway, this painting blows my mind. If he did this painting from imagination, I can barely.. aghhh. I'll definitely be doing more master studies.


Since I was supose to do one from imagination yesterday....and I didnt. I did one today. I did not think the lighting through when I started so I wasted a lot of time just noodeling around with it. baddd. Anyway here it is and a 2 hour head

Wednesday, April 27, 2011


I was planning to do an original painting today but I ended up doing this. >< it was fun though

Pink Pot

Day 18! I kind of strayed away from the reference from this one because I'm tired, and I wanted to test some things out. over all I'm happy with it. I think if i look at it from and distance and squint it kinda looks like a photo, which is what I was going for.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Amazing Read

I was browsing blogs and stumbled upon John Clapp's website. He's a professor I know of, but know little about; this being my first semester at State. I found this great read on his web page. after reading it, I'm looking forward to taking any class with his instruction! This is such great motivation for my speed paintings, and it cleared up many questions regarding how to go about my speed paintings.

High Ceilings

Im happy with the color and lighting, not happy with the perspective. haha. Lesson learned: keep it simple stupid.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

2nd painting from imagination!

Here is my 2nd painting from imagination. I took Goro's advice and painted a scene with a white house and payed close attention to light direction, bounce light, sun light, and a bit of sky fall. He explains it well on his blog

I am happy with how this painting turned out. I went quite a bit over the 1 hour time limit but i feel like i was learning valuable information while figuring problems out. Over the past few days, I felt like I wasn't getting much out of my speed paintings, but I'm learning

that it all pays off on paintings from my imagination. I have a looong way to go but i feel like I'm making slow and steady progress :D

EDIT: Goro was kind enough to do a paint over on my image to show where I can improve and I must say, it looks way better! the bright blue sky fits the strong sunlight on the foreground much better. The value change to the mountains in the far back give a better sense of atmospheric perspective. The water now reflects the color of the sky. (I knew this, but didn't do it in the original >.<) and the strong shadows help push the bright sun light.  Thank you Goro!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Giant Almond

I need to do studies of other artists for class so I decided I'd get my speed paintings and master studies done at the same time. The artist name is Armand Serrano

Friday, April 22, 2011

Thursday, April 21, 2011

green house

cranked this one out in 30 minutes. Super stressed over finals n' stuff aghh. and some 2 min gestures from this morning

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

More Blue

These mountains were an uphill climb the whole way...pun! It wasn't till about the last 5 minutes of the painting when slowly became satisfied. And its during those 5 minutes i go crazy with overlay and soft light layers. I feel like its a bad habit to rely on these tools but is it just a means to an end? If the end result is all I'm aiming for than I guess it's ok.... I guess. haha

And quick movie stills study of  "A Fist Full of Dollars" and Harry Potter


Tuesday, April 19, 2011


I’ll admit I went way over the time limit on this one. I think it was about 2 hours. I spent about 30 minutes noodeling with the damn dome before I realized I can use the pen tool and the masking trick I learned at Goro’s presentation. That helped a TON! Anyway, I feel like I’m making good progress. I might like this one more than my last one.  Peace!

 Wow after posting it, I think i need to calibrate my 2 monitors... I don't know where i got all that green from. Oh well.

I thought I'd throw this in here today too. When I have nothing to do I usually sketch whatever is near me. the image with the little house in the forest is referenced from an artist i don't remember. Its from Kung Fu Panda though!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Green and Yellow

This was the most fun of my speed paintings so far. I'm also satisfied with this one the most. I went with as few custom brushes as I could but those olive leaves are so tiny! I went with custom brushes fro those in the end, but I'm happy to say i rendered all of the ground and trunks with just a hard round brush and I'm rather happy with the appearance. 11 down, manny more to go!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

painting from imagination

It's been a long time since Ive painted anything from imagination but here's my first attempt in a long while. After finishing and taking a step away from it for a while, a lot of things bug me. The ground that is hit by the spot light coming through the clouds seems wrong. All the clouds look wrong. There's no real separation from the sky and the water. All of these things, I don't know how to fix. I made a rule for my self to use no reference at all. I think it would be interesting to repaint this with reference some time in the future.

painting like mad

Heyo, Today can be summed up in 2 words, eating and painting. maybe 3 cause i slept a lot after eating so much.

Anyway I'm super behind in my master studies so I did 3 today, all in Potoshop they are all from reference and all took around 30-45 mins.

The first 2 are refrenced from work by Paul Lasaine, DreamWorks VisDev extraordinaire.  and the 3rd is another study of Edwin Lord Weeks

And here is today speed painting.
 getting the colors down on this was was really hard and I still feel I'm quite far off the original. but I wont argue with the time limit. Its time move on and learn as much as i can from the next one.

Tomorrow I will attempt to take what ive learned from these first 9 speed paintings and compose my own work. im excited and nervous at the same time.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Clay House

This one gave me the most trouble so far despite its simplicity. I learned a lot while painting it though. The dark plains of the house pick up many colors from its surroundings. when i began painting it, i tried various shades of gray and it wasn't working out, then i tried pushing some of that sky blue and green from the near by tree and it began to come together.

About 1 hr in photoshop
And here is a study of an artist that goes by the name of Oyolian. I couldnt find much more information on him. I just found his work at


about 30 min in photoshop

Friday, April 15, 2011


Tired as hell, just gonna throw this up before i pass out. peace
 1 hour photoshop
2.5hr pastel

Wednesday, April 13, 2011


Day 6!

I was having trouble with the green and yellow hues on this one. I ended up messing with the color balance in the end :( it fixed the wall color but took the warm colors out of the rest of the image. but I've done enough with this image. Tomorrows will be fun.

about 1 hour in photoshop with reference.
and here's a 2.5 hour portrait from my life drawing class.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011


Quick Lighthouse painting before school.

There's so much purple in this picture! wth! I'm not happy with it. I spent way to much time on the details. I was at 55 minutes before I started with the grass so I cheated with some custom brushes haha.

I also began to do Masterworks studies digitally so heres my first one. The artist is Edwin Lord Weeks.
I really had fun playing with some custom brushes on this one. It took about 30 minutes.
and the refrence I used is here:,-Mathura-%28or-Picture-Of-The-Nile%29-large.html

Time to draw naked people, peace!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Day 1!

Hello! welcome to my blog.
I am a student at San Jose State University studying to get my BFA in Animation/Illustration. I decided to make a blog here to post my work.

After attending a talk by Goro Fujita, A friend and I decided to start doing daily speed paintings like he did in school.

My notes during the presentation:

For now this blog will serve as a sort of journal to document my progress as well as a motivation to continue this daily exercise in self improvement!

I'll try to keep all my speed paintings between 45 minutes to 1.5 hours. 

Anyway here go!

I'm on my third day of speed paintings so here's 3!