Wednesday, May 20, 2009

A finished Landscape!

Well, today was a good day for painting! Each Wednesday me and my friend Mark paint together to break away from our lagging artistic enthusiasm. Here we see the painting we did, or the one that I did. I started around 1 pm, and finished around 6...with several interruptions of course. Anyway, its a 9"x12" canvas painted with a 1/2 inch flat brush. I had fun. The second one is from a previous week and I didn't get it finished...although I tried to give it a sense of finish. Its a 11x14" canvas. Not quite what I wanted, but its ok. Now if I could just earn money with this kind of stuff! :) Enjoy.

Monday, May 18, 2009

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Another step in technology connections

Connecting the world…well, the world of blogs, emails, and social interaction sites! :) Now I can edit through my windows live programs....which makes life feel kinda like option overkill, you know, like how many ways you can adjust the volume on a song you are listening to on the computer? I have external speakers, which I then hook up to my nice stereo, so they have their own control. Then the computer operating system has a volume control, and then the program you play music in has one too. Its pretty nuts how there are like 10 ways to do something. I hope options don't kill our society. :)

Sunday, May 17, 2009

School finals

My semester at the Academy of Art University is over now. I was up till 6:20 doing my final for one of the classes, but yeah, its done. I am pretty happy about my drawing from imagination class even though, I still have finishing touches to do on my final for that class. I am kinda worried about the figure drawing class I struggled on that one. I did get the final done in that one though. I'm gonna post the finals for those classes as they are. Now it is down to job searching in this struggling economy. Whether I do art, Melaleuca, or find a job digging ditches, I hope I make some money soon. Good luck everyone. Enjoy summer!

Monday, May 11, 2009


All thumbnails are now "clickable" to open in their own window. This is again, a modification for touch devices where rollovers do not bring up the image. I have added a row on the bottom of the Sketchbook page as well as one more oil painted piece on the Traditional page. Done. Finally. Enjoy :)

Brushdragon site update

Finally I updated my site. The contact page is now current, as well as some new options to see the thumbnails on thier own page if you click on them. Previously the pages were only rollovers. With the advent of the Ipod touch, there is a need for the thumbnails to be clickable. I have an Ipod Touch, and it is nice now to be able to see the images from my own site. It is slow going converting all of the thumbnails. Some work, some don't. BFA page is where I have started, so go there to enjoy the upgrade. Its a small change with a big impact on portable devices!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Its a mad mad mad world

This was an assignment for my masters degree class. We were to make a combat scene with two combatants. I didn't have much enthusiasm until one day browsing images of cool fantasy and scifi concepts I ran across Alice in Wonderland images. Suddenly I thought " Why don't I have The Mad Hatter attacking Alice in a swordfight?" Ok, it sounds crazy (and I threw in the March Hare too), but I have seen way too much Anime and several Jet Li movies like HERO. With that in mind, I came up with this peice. I am fairly happy with it although it is more of a peice to go to paint being that it is so detailed. Were I to keep it in drawing form I would have focused more on dominant and subordinant line quality. I did the whole thing from start to finish in Photoshop too, so I would have done a traditional pencil render of the line to make it a full finished peice in line form. Its pretty high res, so I could still do that, but I'de rather spend the time painting it some day if I get the chance! :) Everything had research reference, but it is all out of my head. I mean come on, where would I get models for this pose?

P.S. I imagine you noticed that color is a really quick throw in, but it does unite the peice a little more. I didn't handle the value separations well either, but I had to see some color. Notice also that the swords are specific to each character...A porcelain teacup sword for the Hatter, rabbit ear shaped short swords for the Hare, and Alice couldn't do without a sword which is actually the Cheshire cat in awesome sword form! :)

P.S.S The instructor mentioned the busy nature of the table as well as the direction of the sheath of the Cheshire sword and Alice's leg. I have a different position in the drawing versus the color. See if you notice where the difference is?

Sunday, May 3, 2009


Had to pull out the oils. I haven't painted in nearly a year with my oils. I had to scrape the oils off the pallet because they were dried up. :( This is the work of about 6 or so hours. That includes finding the image, tweaking the colors and values in Photoshop, and then putting it to canvas. It's about 10"x10" roughly. I was thinking of portraits, but ended up doing this Tiger. Go figure. Well, enjoy!

Where have I been?

It has been a bleak year for this blog...and mostly I mean about the "art" portion of artbyshaunwilliams. :) Really I have been doing a lot of sketches and things worthy of posting, I just didn't make the time. Some of the task is still in scanning images from my sketchbook, and the other is merely uploading them. With school two weeks from completion for this first semester, work being a little bleak, and wondering where I am going with my life....its been fun. All the kids are growing up fast. Take a look at the blog link on the right of my blog to williamszooof5. This is my wife's blog for family updates...where I should have posted all of my other crazy posts. I'm keeping this solely for the art from now on. Sorry for the soapboxes and whining in previous posts. I'm sure you would rather see my art. Thanks all and will post soon. ( I hope)