Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Gallery of Terror

The first annual UVU Illustration Gallery of Terror will be held during the month of October 2012. The deadline for work is fast approaching. Unless something changes, the deadline will be October 8th. Bring your work to GT408 or give it to any member of the Illustration Club presidency before that date.

Anyone can enter...Even faculty. This is not a juried show. If you enter a piece, it will get displayed.

The can be whatever you want....anything from a zombie Stay Puff Marshmallow man to what your wildest imagination can conjurer up. Work should probably not have any intrinsic value since there will be no security during the few weeks the show hangs. If you are worried about having your piece permanently borrowed, have a print made.

Framing is not important. Work will be hung with pushpins or something similar.

Any other questions, ask the club presidency or myself. We will all give you a different answer I am sure.

Monday, September 24, 2012

I was once where you are.

I know it will be hard to believe but I was once where all of you are today. Just to show you what I am talking about here is the earliest known and intact "Don Seegmiller" work of art. Done when I was only two years old. I hope it gives you hope as you struggle to become the artist you want to be.

Notice the outstanding mustache and head of hair. Possibly this is why I have such a mental block about students doing the eyelashes and wisps of hair. You decide.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Using Reference Materials

The question of reference materials often comes up in class and in online workshops. How do you use it? What is acceptable use? Are you violating copyright? How much can you copy something? There are so many questions and so many answers.

Remember, that it is called "reference" and not "copyance"... You refer to the image and not copy it.
I figured I could make up my own word like football announcers who seem to all now use the word "trickeration". WTF! That can be the subject of another rant.

Here is an example of how I use reference.

I don't know where or when I found this big-nose version or Robert De Niro. I have a hard drive of all sorts of subjects from all over the place. Someday I will get them organized so I can actually find things when I need them. I don't know why this image caught my eye when I was painting the Crypt Keeper but it did. I referenced the image while painting the face of my character. The mole in particular showed up in this early version. My crypt keeper may even look a bit like Robert's long lost cousin. Only you can tell.


At any rate, you can see things from the original image that have been incorporated into my painting but it is by no means a copy.

In my opinion and in my classes, this is how reference materials should be used. Especially reference materials that you have not photographed yourself.