Monday, March 28, 2011

The Nantucket Sea Monster Returns

This image is about a historical event that took place in the late 1930s. A man named Tony Sarg designed a large balloon of a sea monster for the 1937 Macy's Day Parade. Later, he decided to start a hoax about sea monster sightings in the Nantucket Sound. He even went so far as to carve large footprints in the sand, which were recorded by photograph, and float it half inflated near the shore. He eventually blew it up on the beach with air, so it rested on the beach. Large crowds of people flocked from all points of the island to come and see this monstrosity and have their children play near it. In all honesty, it has a somewhat simple and childlike appearance with its smile and large bubble eyes, while still appears menacing due to the sharp fangs.

I came up with the idea of bringing that monster to life as the original hoax suggested, but putting it in a modern Nantucket setting, tearing its way through town. There's a lone man ready to take him down with a harpoon.

Watercolor Piece from last semester

This is a piece I did last semester for Illustration. It shows the life of a wealthy ship captain on Nantucket. He has just returned from a long voyage at sea, happy to see his wife again. Many successful whaling ship captains were able to retire in their 30s as millionaires. Every boy dreamed of becoming one. That's what this image is about. It needs a bit of color and touch up work done but I want to put this one in the senior show in May.

Older piece

 This is a piece from Media Techniques IV. It was a 2 point perspective project - we had to take a photo of a place and then paint it. Any concept could be applied to it. So I took it way out of context. The original building is a closed down armory in New Bedford.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

4 Gentleman Painting Progress

Here's some progress photos for a painting I've been working on and off for a painting study I'm doing with Dave Bondar. Been working on this for a month and a half already so I really need to finish it! There's several artists I'm looking at but one piece I've been heavily inspired by is "The Carpetbaggers" by NC Wyeth:

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Self portrait work

Concepts for my self portrait for the Illustration Senior Show 2011

Drawings - first post!

Top is Venom sketch, concept for painting I'll eventually do sometime this semester. Bottom is 5 views of Satoshi from Girugamesh, referenced from photos found online.