1. Hermes Watercolor Sketch

2. Hermes Lino Print using 3 Colors

3. Hermes Digital Painting

Just thought I’d post this comparison of 3 different versions of the same picture. First is my watercolor sketch which I used to plan #2, the lino print, and finally is the digital painting I just did today. I wanted to try and imitate the effect of layering the lino inks and I think it went pretty well, the colors aren’t quite where I want them though.  The illustration is meant for a children’s book I’m working on!

"The Pirate (Le Corsair)" Giorgio de Chirico - 1916
I had the pleasure of seeing this painting at one of my favorite museums, The Barnes Foundation, in Philadelphia. While the musuem used to be located about an hour outside of Philly, due to a somewhat controversial move of Albert Barnes collection to a new building the whole collection is easily accessible in Philadelphia. Anyways, Dr. Barnes was a huge proprietor of impressionist art at a time when it was controversial and many other styles of art that followed impressionism. Between the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Barnes, Philly actually has one of the largest collections of impressionist artwork in the world. 
But anyways, I had only seen a few of Giorgio de Chirico’s paintings before I recently went to the Barnes and my impression was that he painted generally classical inspired abandoned, surreal landscapes. When I saw this painting though, which is a burst of colors and lines, architectural and explosive, I new there was much more to him as an artist. The de Chirico paintings since then have confirmed that. I’m only just starting to learn about him, but the best part of discovering an artist you didn’t know much about is that you can always be surprised by their work. I highly suggest looking into de Chirico for his use of real and unreal perspectives, muted but vibrant colors, and abstracted but architectural objects. 

"The Pirate (Le Corsair)" Giorgio de Chirico - 1916

I had the pleasure of seeing this painting at one of my favorite museums, The Barnes Foundation, in Philadelphia. While the musuem used to be located about an hour outside of Philly, due to a somewhat controversial move of Albert Barnes collection to a new building the whole collection is easily accessible in Philadelphia. Anyways, Dr. Barnes was a huge proprietor of impressionist art at a time when it was controversial and many other styles of art that followed impressionism. Between the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Barnes, Philly actually has one of the largest collections of impressionist artwork in the world. 

But anyways, I had only seen a few of Giorgio de Chirico’s paintings before I recently went to the Barnes and my impression was that he painted generally classical inspired abandoned, surreal landscapes. When I saw this painting though, which is a burst of colors and lines, architectural and explosive, I new there was much more to him as an artist. The de Chirico paintings since then have confirmed that. I’m only just starting to learn about him, but the best part of discovering an artist you didn’t know much about is that you can always be surprised by their work. I highly suggest looking into de Chirico for his use of real and unreal perspectives, muted but vibrant colors, and abstracted but architectural objects. 

I present: Octopus Roommate 1 “The Bad Day”
This particular one page comic has been in progress for about two years. Why so long? Well, The idea happened, and then I drew it etc. but what I really wanted was to make it on the computer. Seeing as I didn’t have any drawing program other than paint at the time I eventually downloaded paint.net and worked on it there, but I could only use my mouse to draw since I didn’t have a tablet - which I found to be extremely difficult. Anyways, the point is, yesterday my new drawing tablet arrived in the mail! So to celebrate (and because paint.net doesn’t support tablet pressure) I decided to finish this project once and for all, and hopefully move on to bigger and better projects, possibly including Octopus Roommate. I realize the quality of this comic is shoddy at best, but bear with me as the majority of it was done as a first try at drawing on the computer!

I present: Octopus Roommate 1 “The Bad Day”

This particular one page comic has been in progress for about two years. Why so long? Well, The idea happened, and then I drew it etc. but what I really wanted was to make it on the computer. Seeing as I didn’t have any drawing program other than paint at the time I eventually downloaded paint.net and worked on it there, but I could only use my mouse to draw since I didn’t have a tablet - which I found to be extremely difficult. Anyways, the point is, yesterday my new drawing tablet arrived in the mail! So to celebrate (and because paint.net doesn’t support tablet pressure) I decided to finish this project once and for all, and hopefully move on to bigger and better projects, possibly including Octopus Roommate. I realize the quality of this comic is shoddy at best, but bear with me as the majority of it was done as a first try at drawing on the computer!

"Circus Sideshow" Georges Seurat 1887-88 (and The Polar Express)

This is by far my favorite Seurat painting. It was painted during the middle of his career, although he died so young that he only painted six major figure paintings while he was a live - this fact took me by surprise when I first learned about him. Another fun fact about Seurat, all or most of his paintings have a border around them painted by Seurat himself. The border is composed of the same dots as the rest of the painting and changes color as it comes in contact with the different colors of the border of the painting. Seurat meant it as a barrier between the painting itself and the inevitable frame, so that the frame wouldn’t change the effect he was creating with the colors of the painting itself. 

But back on topic, I think the reason why this is my favorite Seurat painting is not any particularly intellectual reason but simply because the color scheme and style remind me of the illustrations of one of my favorite books growing up, The Polar Express, Chris Van Allsburg. The illustrations are done in pastel I think and they are simply gorgeous. I’ve included one of my favorites above. I don’t have much to say about the comparison as it is late, but nevertheless I think it’s interesting to consider these two together!