The last picture of the Bill Counts October Game – it’s been a terrific experience to play the game with so many talented artists!
We went to a homeschool costume party today. There were lots of princess. I miss pink. So.
Today was another busy/off day, but I did carve a pumpkin. When done well, pumpkin carving is definitely art. This, not so much. But I’m counting it.
Three days left!!
We watched The Secret of NIMH last night with the boys. I loved the book as a child, and read it over and over, but only watched the movie as an adult, so all the over-dramatization and random magic fell flat with me. When I lived in an old farm house we actually had these massive wild rose bushes – ten feet high and ten feet across that we always talked about bulldozing over, and I always thought about the rats. Anyway, here’s more how I visualized their home under the rose bush.
Today’s picture comes from the brain of John Turpin, age 4. Patent pending.
I’m pretty fresh out of ideas at this point in the game, and a little frustrated because while I realize every area of my artwork needs work, I was hoping to concentrate the game on interesting characters. So, I decided to try out one of Matt Kohr’s ideas from Ctrl+Paint – using a random generator for practice ideas. Over at Chaotic Shiny I found a zoomorph tool, and it took several dozen tries to come up with something I actually thought I could draw. So. Anyway.
Okay, I missed yesterday.
I’m counting these as art because I designed and made them all by myself in about a day to get them ready a week and a half early to go to a costume party.
Bonus points if you know who lives here.
When in doubt draw a tree, I guess.
This week, Felix Baumgartner rode a balloon straight up 24 miles before falling back to earth, breaking the sound barrier on his way down, inspiring a new vision of how I want to go when it’s my time. The wings are probably a subconscious response to the sponsor of this madness, Red Bull. Today I’m done early – the October Game is halfway over, and I’m starting to wear thin. Gotta manage my time better, because I missed yesterday’s comic and ended up starting my picture after 9pm, causing me to lose a some extra sleep I needed
If you have been following my comic and want to know what I really look like, this is me: he problem with trying to do some sort of finished picture in a few hours is that if things start to go wrong, you just have persevere. This wasn’t quite what I was going for, but I guess it works.
After walking around the beautiful grounds of the Rodin museum, we stopped to rest on a park bench beside The Gates of Hell. As I was sitting there, looking at this impressive sculpture, I was very entertained watching the tourists wander up to the entrance to Hell itself, sit, take photos, and wander distractedly away. I took several photos, but none really captured how I saw the scene. Today was busy, and I didn’t have nearly as much time to invest in this, but I am proud to say that while this is pencil and digital as are most of my other pieces, I didn’t actually touch any of the pencil in Photoshop – I just colored it, and it was a pretty rough drawing to begin with. Hopefully the coloring is an improvement. It at least adds something of the surreal quality I was imagining.
I have no idea what I was going for with this one, so it is impossible to say if I’m satisfied with it. 100% digital.
Today’s art was inspired by the autumn chrysanthemum dolls of Japan and a lovely bouquet of fall flowers my husband brought me last week.
So, I wasn’t feeling particularly creative today. I think my steampunkin ruined the whole game for me – I keep wanting to figure out something that awesome but it’s not happening. So, I put a plea for help out on Facebook and my friends Debra, Heather, Jade, Tania, and Kathleen made the suggestions of geese in formation, October in Hawaii, football, fall leaves, and fog. I really tried to do this with oil paint, but did you notice how much I suck at oil paint? So, anyway, here’s my attempt at combining all the ideas together in one picture – a Photoshop painting:
I felt like it was time to do something challenging and unpredictable again, so I broke out my new box of pastels. Not sure that was a good idea – it’s been a while since I used pastels. But I’m not feeling starting over at this point, so I’m posting what I ended up with. This is done from a photo I took in Le Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris.
Trick-or-treating in the 70’s meant there was always a fall-back costume ready to go in your mom’s closet. Layer it on and call yourself a gypsy. Done.
I have nothing to say about this one. It’s late. Goodnight.
Today I went to church, ate lunch, crash-napped on the couch with my two-year-old and had almost no motivation to do a work of art. I bounced ideas around in my head, but nothing quite worked out. Desperate, I took the boys outside to play and lit a little fire – which spit ash on all the sketches I worked on. I still couldn’t decide on a great idea, so I just put all the ideas together and created a Steampunkin.
On our property we have seven dogwood trees, so I can’t do a month of October art without thinking about dogwoods. Sure, maples always steal the fall show, but long before the lazy maples have put out more than a handful of fiery leaves the dogwood is already dressed in layers of rich burgundy, adorned with brilliant red berries. Last year I made a couple of disastrous attempts to include a dogwood in a painting, so this year I took a different approach. When I’m out among the trees I’ve grown fond of I often think of Lucy Pevensie, walking through the sleeping trees. “She knew exactly how each of these trees would talk if only she could wake them, and what sort of human form it would put on.” I’m not sure this quite captures what I was going for, but at least now I’ve justified the attempt
Phillip asked me how today’s picture fit with the theme of the month, and I can’t say it does, except that the ball scene from Labyrinth makes me think of Halloween for some reason. Or maybe Halloween makes me think of that scene. I’m not sure. You know the scene, right? Where Jennifer Connelly is in imminent danger of being swallowed by her own dress?
So, for today’s October Game offering I decided to try an oil painting. Mostly because I suck at oil paintings, and part of what this challenge has come to be for me is the idea of doing something at least a little scary. Took a large part of my day, but I finally got it to a somewhat okay point.
So for today’s installment of The October Game, to go with yesterday’s Frankenromney, I certainly had to do Obamula. I think this makes some sense, because vampires have style, and there is no denying that Obama is the coolest President since Teddy Roosevelt. Of course, there is also a case being made that he’s sucking the economy dry…I really like the Obamula one. It was easier to do because he has far more interesting facial features. Again, I’m not really trying to be political here, but I do have to say that spending this much time working on these faces I’m more attached to both of them than I was before. I think that’s fitting for tonight’s bout.
Today’s art is 100% Photoshop because today and tomorrow I have a busy schedule and it’s the easiest to pull off. While I am getting into the Halloween spirit this month, I can’t quite shake the political spirit with the first Presidential debate imminent. I’m not making a political statement here, I just decided to merge together the two themes of this month, so you get Frankenromney.
As I may have mentioned before, I am going to be working more on characters this time around, rather than attempting (poorly) to draw from life. I’ll be using reference, but much of what I do will come from my imagination. I’ve got some Octobery ideas in mind, but as just in the last few days the leaves have started to turn, I decided a tree was most appropriate.