Monday, October 29, 2012

Another Digital Deer Painting

We spent the weekend in a log cabin outside of Boone, NC. Over the mantel was the 4 point buck. I thought it would be interesting to create an observational drawing of a deer instead of using photographs.

I created this painting using sketchbook Pro on my iPad. I really enjoyed drawing this from life and now want to do more. Only problem is, we are back home and I don't have any stuff deer. However, I know some people who do. Maybe i can talk them into lending me a deer head or two. Hmmm.....

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

K-12 Online Presentation

The K-12 Online Presentation, How Technology Helped Me Paint With Mud with your host Ian Sands is now available! Click here!

Presentation Description: In today’s high school art curriculum there is a separation between the visual art class and the technology class. The current high school art curriculum’s focus is on traditional media with very little integrated technology. Technology is separated from traditional visual art classes and given it’s own course titles such as Computer Art.

Likewise, there is a separation in the selection of art medium. Though the art world has evolved to using a plethora of new materials, the majority of art class storage rooms are filled with pencils, tempera paint and other traditional media.

Our challenge as art educators is twofold. First, merge new technology into our everyday art lessons. Second, share with students concepts and ideas that use both traditional materials as well as branch out to media traditionally not consider art material.

In this presentation we will explore ways to incorporate technology into the full range of an art project. We will explore everything from jump starting the ideas, to developing maps and templates, to critiquing online and digital grading. Furthermore, we will accomplish this through the exploration of such nontraditional materials as post-it notes, glow sticks and mud.

Go now! Check it out! Click here!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Post-it Note Murals Explained...

The one project by far that I receive the most requests asking, "How'd you do that?" is the Post It Note Mural. 

In this lesson you will find images and a description of the process we used to complete these projects. There is also a link to a video that demonstrates the process.

I just made the entire process available for free! 

Later you can use the same lesson to create a mosaic out of any material including Skittles, Jelly Beans,or color swatches. We even used it to create a mosaic of the Mona Lisa using over 2,000 balloons!

No matter what the media, the basic concept is the same. Start by creating an image map that uses the same colors as the object (Post-it Notes, balloons, Skittles, etc) that you will use to complete your mural.

This step by step instruction will walk you through the entire process.

Download the entire process for FREE in PDF format! 


I've just posted two other lesson plans!

How to Create Light Graffiti

This project merges technology with stencils and the concept of positive and negative space into one fun and effective lesson. Students will learn how to easily manipulate photos to make stencils to create cool light graffiti images using glow sticks and digital cameras!

Light graffiti is just a starting point. This lesson could easily be modified to create stencils for lesson using spray paint or even printing techniques.

This plan includes step-by-step, easy to follow instructions with lots of photographs demonstrating exactly how you class can create awesome light graffiti art! 


How to Create 3D Anamorphosis Drawings!

This project merges technology with traditional drawing and the concept of perspective into one fun and effective lesson. Students will learn how to easily manipulate photos of common day objects so they can be used as references for 3D anamorphosis drawings

3D drawings are just a starting point. This lesson could easily be modified to create references for street art chalk festivals similar to those works created by Julian Beaver.

This plan includes step-by-step, easy to follow, illustrated instructions as well as methods for periodically testing mid project to ensure success.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Sketchbook Pro Painting

My mom is involved with a charity auction and asked if i could created two paintings to be auctioned off.  I knew wanted to create something that would have a wide appeal and since I've always wanted to be a wildlife artist I thought this might be a great opportunity to try it out.

This work in progress was created on the ipad using sketchbook Pro. The selection of brushes is awesome and the layers let me try out different techniques without fear of messing up ;)

Still trying to figure out how to handle the final piece once it is complete. It will need to be printed out and matted .. I wonder if I should handle it like a print.. run a few copies and destroy the original ? Stuff to think about...