I'm almost all moved into my dorm! On Wednesday my friend Natasha and I drove up to Dover, NJ for room assignments. It turns out there are just three of us staying in our little ol' two bedroom apartment. It's a very old house that has been slightly re-modeled. While there were some things that needed to be changed, it's a nice cozy little place and we've got it feeling like our own place now.
Unfortunately, we do not have internet. We are going to call Optimum Online tomorrow or Monday to set up some service so we can get online again, especially for research purposes. Google Image Search and dA Stock Photos are a reference finding godsend sometimes. So hopefully sometime next week I'll be back online save for intermittent visits at WiFi capable coffee shops.
I'll post some pictures soon of our cleaned up & set up place including our monstrous drawing tables :D
Today is September 1st and this means that there is a mere seven days left before I get my housing assignment at The Joe Kubert School.
I've been exceptionally busy trying to tie up all my loose ends, clean and pack. I've got about 10 boxes packed, everything of mine is properly labeled for efficient storage and I've got bag upon bag to donate to our local charity consignment shop. I know 10 boxes + sounds like a lot but I'm bringing my art reference books and my ImagineFX magazine collection. Tonight will most likely be spent doing the same as well as finishing up some miniatures.
I've been working on some things with a group of friends from The Kitchen for a little artist's story RPG we've been kicking around. This is my first environment ever and as such it is taking me quite a long time to complete it. Here are some progressive WIP shots so far from the sketch up to what I have now:
Still a lot of learning to do with painting both traditional and digital, I'm far better practiced with my pencils. All advice is appreciated. The road ahead of me is long but I'm enjoying the ride.
There were some very excellent miniatures on display during the Golden Demon contest. I think there's no doubt about it: Natasha and I will definitely be entering the competition next year. What can I say? I totally geeked out, got some stuff for my army and the limited edition figure and even painted myself a miniature to take home.
It's somewhat inspiring being surrounded by all that awesome art and the sweet miniatures. I think I'll utilize that energy to go complete some more of the figures I need to have done before school starts.
There are a meager twenty days left until I venture up to the Kubert School to pick my dorm room and only a few days after that I'll be all settled in and starting my classes. The transition honestly feels strange and exhilarating; I have gone from fantasizing about 'going to art school one day' to actually hammering down and creating those opportunities, opening doors instead of waiting for them to open themselves.
When I open a D&D manual, a well rendered graphic novel, game art books or a fresh booster of the latest Magic: The Gathering set I look upon the works with awe. I see people that are heroic giants to me: Dan Dos Santos, Donato Giancola, Justin Coro Kaufman, Android Jones, Thomas Baxa and Marko Djurdjevic to name just a few. However I know they got to where they needed to be through hard work and dedication, not because they are magical or beyond the reach of normal mortals.
In the meantime I've been doing everything I possibly can to get ready - Throwing out the old, giving clothes I've outgrown to charitable organizations, buying equipment and finding storage spaces for excess art supplies. I'm also trying to tie up loose ends and finish some last few projects (mostly miniature painting) before school since my time will be limited there. I definitely want to be able to focus on my art studies with a clean slate.
Amidst the chaos, there is still something I've been making time for more than ever: painting. I am striving to work on my digital and traditional rendering skills, learning to turn the form without the use of line studying how to break everything down into planes. It fascinates me and I want more than ever to be able to be a great painter, both digital and traditional (both skills tend to feed off one another). I've also been sketching nearly nonstop, whether it's in a fancy Moleskine book or on a piece of newsprint with a grease pencil - gotta' keep the hands moving and the brain warmed up ;)
* To any fellow up and coming artists or art students out there, I urge you to check out the ArtOrder Blog. It's full of fantastic advice from working industry professionals regarding the realities of working in entertainment art/illustration/concept art. There are especially great tidbits of advice regarding putting together a winning portfolio. I mean, what could get better than a blog written by an art director for Wizards of the Coast?
That's all for now... going to finish getting some clothes together for donation and start packing excess supplies into boxes. I'm going to a Games Workshop expo tomorrow and I simply can't wait to see some of the new beautiful greens for upcoming miniatures. Let's just say sculpture is my dirty pleasure on the side... ;)
Here you will be able to follow my progress as an artist through The Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art as well as what I learn and discover on my own study time. I'll be posting my assignments and sketch pages as I progress through my classes this coming year. Feel free to throw critiques at me - I'm always willing to learn something!
I'll be moving into my dorm soon and starting classes on September 13th so stay tuned for updates with some wicked art!
I am currently finishing my first year at the Joe Kubert School in Dover, NJ.
I am available for work/commissions - If you are interested in working with me, please do no hesitate to shoot me a message.
Phone: (609) 439 8582