The portfolio site…

The portfolio site is not complete yet, but it is slowly coming together. I’m sort of doing a combination of revising and adding new content to this blog while working on the site so some of the links over there may very well not work as they should, etc. That’s because I don’t have the full content on the site live yet, or even created locally in some cases. However, over the next few months (or possibly even years?) I’ll be adding more and editing more both here on this blog and at the site… I plan to get it all put together strategically and working well cohesively as my next ‘big project’ that I’m working on an hour or three every day as I find the free time to work on it.

In the not-too-distant future that free time will start going down a bit as our new baby is on the way. However, I’m sure that I’ll still have some time for this ‘hobby’ to finally come together the way that I’m wanting it to. It’s been something that’s sort of been on the backburner since 1999 that I always wanted to do, but never took the full time to actually do til now, at least not as completely as I plan to do this thing… The artfolio part of the new site is the part that is most put together thus far, and only a few pages of the oil painting is really up so far… That is at http://jeffthomann.cwahi.net/artfolio/index.shtml.

Most of the other sections are not up yet…

The ‘old’ portfolio site at http://jeffthomann.cwahi.net/ is still up and running for the here and now… but over time it’ll be phased out and replaced with the new site… It’s just going to take some time, and I don’t want to completely delete the old one all the way until the new one is at least fully working.

I plan ultimately to have a cross link from every blog post with the artwork to the page on the site with the artwork, and use the blog to sort of have an ongoing commentary about each work of art on the site that is probably a bit more lengthy and more of a dialogue than really needs to be on the ‘official’ site… but is still related, so there will be the cross linking to make it all easily accessible…

As time goes by, I’ll probably edit the blog heavily on past posts so that stuff that is really ‘portfolio’ quality is all that’s in the portfolio category, etc.

As I do this, I’m also starting to keep a spreadsheet of all the links, titles, copyright dates, etc. of everything much more complete and in depth than I ever have before. I may publish some portions of that spreadsheet in the future so that it’ll help any viewers or collectors out there find things just as it’ll eventually help myself find things as sometimes finding stuff you are looking for in a blog is not the easiest thing in the world to do… As I create new works of art in the future, they will get added to this ongoing project… so it’s really sort of just establishing a groundwork to eventually build my art career from at a level that I haven’t taken the time to do yet for a variety of reasons.

Remember, the ‘artfolio’ is more about all of my artwork, including works in progress, works never completed etc. as well as more thoroughly completed works that I’d consider ‘portfolio’ quality. The ‘portfolio’ is just that – completed ‘portfolio’ quality works, i.e. top notch stuff, at least in my opinion. To get to the ‘artfolio’ portion of the blog you can use the artfolio category tag, and to get to the portfolio part of the blog you can use the portfolio category tag.

Happy viewing! 🙂

Self Portait © 2011 Jeff Thomann

Self Portait © 2011 Jeff Thomann
Self Portait © 2011 Jeff Thomann

This was created using an old car rearview mirror so I could only see half of the face without shifting location so it was a bit of a challenge. As you can probably tell, I was focusing primarily on the lower nose/chin/neck area more than the rest of the face.

It took me 29 minutes overall, and time flew by because I was so intently focused. Getting good greyscale gradation levels with a small drawing surface like a ball point pen is challenging, especially when on a timeline like I was with this. I did complete it in under a half hour though.

I can see some improvements already in the self portrait drawing skill vs the last self portrait like this I did. I use self portraits as sort of a checkup on my skills since the human face is a good indicator of art skills on a lot of levels. Drawing faces with glasses on is always a bit of a challenge too since it changes the lighting a lot and gives areas that need new details.

I did the glasses on though because I’m working on a color pencil drawing in the mornings that has Tekla with glasses on, and I wanted to study a little in these ballpoint pen drawings how the glasses affect the light and shadow on the face so I can do better in that and future drawings with glasses. The color pencil drawings are very tricky since I’m using a lot of different colors, layering techniques, and a lot of erasing and actual burnishing techniques – actually in some areas on those I’m using real print making etching tools to do scratcherboard type techniques in limited areas since I’m using gessoed hardboard. That is definitely something I would not be able to do if I was using paper for the color pencils. The color pencils are almost like mini-oil paintings. Now it’s after 6 Am so I better start on the color pencil as the time allocated to it is before 6:30 AM, lol.

Horse Head © 2011 Jeff Thomann

Horse Head © 2011 Jeff Thomann

Horse Head © 2011 Jeff Thomann

Horse Head © 2011 Jeff Thomann

This is a horse head I created in Lightwave tonight as a part of the speed model challenge over at http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?f=122&t=984188. It took about one hour and 45 minutes to create the 3d model. I may go back and add some hair to it in saslite eventually.

2 hour ear

2 hour ear © 2011 Jeff Thomann

2 hour ear © 2011 Jeff Thomann
2 hour ear © 2011 Jeff Thomann

This is a model of an ear that I attempted to create for the speed model challenge over at http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?f=122&t=984188. It was created in Lightwave 3D. I’m not too happy with the middle section that I was focused on towards the end yet, but it is a good start. The model was created in one hour and 57 minute using various reference photos found online. Setting up the cameras, lights, and rendering took approximately another 10 minutes after that.

17 Minute Drawing – 6/6/2011

17 Minute Drawing – 6/6/2011 ©

17 Minute Drawing – 6/6/2011 © Jeff Thomann 5/26/2011
Media: Ball Point Pen

I almost skipped doing this drawing last night, but decided to stay up a little bit after doing the speed challenge in the last post to do it. I’m trying to work on color pencil drawing in the morning, and quick sketches like this along with the speed model stuff in the evening. Since I’m using ballpoint pen for these types of drawings, I really have zero excuses to not do one every day of the year! 🙂

Speed Model Challenge – Dumbbell

Speed Model Challenge – Dumbbell
© 2011 Jeff Thomann

© 2011 Jeff Thomann

The above is a quick ‘speed model’ I did tonight for the speed model challenge over at cgtalk http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?f=122&t=984188

I plan to do more of these speed model challenges in the future to get my 3d modeling skills up to a level where I want them to be. The above model took me a little over an hour to do, and the texture (which I’m not 100% too happy with at the moment) took about 20 or so minutes. The model was created in Lightwave 9.

Redbud and Maple leaves in Fall

I uploaded a few scans of maple and red bud leaves that I took this fall, just before the first heavy snowfall. I just did not get them in a product in Turbosquid until last night/this morning.

Here’s a small summary image that shows what part of the bundle looks like:
scans of leaves
scans of leaves
scans of leaves

http://jeffthomann.t35.com – Jeff Thomann’s Online Portfolio

no longer use this t35 place since some idiot scammer ruined it for everyone else that was using the place for free hosting, so now scammer alerts show up an avast, etc. anytime t35 url is spotted anywhere online 😦

=============
I’ve started working a bit more on http://jeffthomann.t35.com over the last few days. It is starting to come together nicely. There are still several images on there that I probably will remove, and several more that I will add eventually, but it’s a nice framework that’s starting to come together a lot better then it was before now. I like being able to click on the images to make them take up the full width of the browser, even if the bigger image is just a resized copy of the smaller images. With today’s high resolution digital photos and scans, it’s sort of nice to be able to zoom in and see fine details individual brush strokes and things in paintings and drawings that our predecessors could have only dreamed about. The resume is finally starting to go online over there. I’m still not 100% comfortable putting that much personal information online, but since this blog is here along with facebook, most anyone could figure out all of that information anyways I suppose, so it’s a mute point to try to keep information from being free. I will probably not put a phone number over there or a real world address anytime soon, but the email link from the name on the resume should do a pretty good substitute. Would love to have someone give me some feedback on what I need to do to make it better…

working on folio

Slowly working on portfolio website (see link on right). This weekend I put together a few of the pages over there. So far the Charcoal and Ball Point Pen sections are starting to shape up.

I have not put together the other sections yet completely since those require shooting digital photos of my works. Not being the greatest photographer in the world doesn’t make getting the quality that I like out of the camera the easiest thing in the world. Also, it does not help much that I’m shooting outside when I do the shots, and it’s been fairly windy the last several days. The other day I shot some of my brother’s old artwork from highschool and the tripod fell over with the wind while I was swapping drawings with others in the house. The part of the camera that attaches to the tripod flew off of the camera when it hit the pavement. I luckily got it back together, but have not tried to attach it back to the tripod since then. Note to self – add weights of some sort to tripod the next time I try to use it.

The ball point pen drawings are mostly some of the mall small scans I took. I tried to limit it to about 30 or so images for each section. That way a nice little navigation bar table fits well in most browsers. It’s still a little too wide for the smallest screen settings, but I really don’t think most folks use the smallest screen settings usually. If so, sorry folks… I am trying to get this thing looking good, not optimized for your super low res screens… It’s tricky using the floating navigation bars I’m using because Internet Explorer is tricky. If you don’t put the dtd type up at the top of the html, it doesn’t float the css navbars where they belong, and just sticks them at the top of the page where they scroll with the rest of it.

It’s slowly coming together. I’ve been doing some cleaning around the house this weekend since we’ll likely be moving before too long… found a bunch of ol floppy disks and that reminded me that the last time I tried to put together an online web portfolio like this I was doing it on floppy and zip disks on Campus because it was like the year 2002 and I was using the free modem pool that the University of Missouri had back then… a whopping speed of 28k! No wonder I got frustrated and quit putting together the website last time, lol.

This time, things are coming together a lot smoother, and hopefully this blog will help make things work out a little better. I’ll add more to the website as I get more images put together and organized. I really like this click the image to get a bigger copy of it idea. I also like the floating nav bars with transparent backgrounds that makes it nice, clean, and easy to maneuver around in.

Got any pointers, tips, or ideas on how I can improve portfolio? Shoot away and give me some comments. I like listening to what people have to say. 🙂 😉

More of my Turbosquid Links

http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214510cloud2758.jpg?referral=mastermesh
http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214511cloud2811.jpg?referral=mastermesh
http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214512cloud2819.jpg?referral=mastermesh
http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214513cloud2833.jpg?referral=mastermesh
http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214514cloud2824.jpg?referral=mastermesh
http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214515cloud2880.jpg?referral=mastermesh
http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214516cloud2753.jpg?referral=mastermesh
http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214517cloud2827.jpg?referral=mastermesh
http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214518cloud2757.jpg?referral=mastermesh
http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214519cloud2759.jpg?referral=mastermesh
http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214520cloud2817.jpg?referral=mastermesh
http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214521cloud2778.jpg?referral=mastermesh
http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214522cloud2878.jpg?referral=mastermesh
http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214523cloud2749.jpg?referral=mastermesh
http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214524cloud2822.jpg?referral=mastermesh
http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214525cloud2742.jpg?referral=mastermesh
http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214526cloud2843.jpg?referral=mastermesh
http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214527cloud2745.jpg?referral=mastermesh
http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214528cloud2751.jpg?referral=mastermesh
http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214529cloud2750.jpg?referral=mastermesh
http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214530cloud2760.jpg?referral=mastermesh
http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214531cloud2740.jpg?referral=mastermesh
http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214532cloud2732.jpg?referral=mastermesh
http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214533cloud2815.jpg?referral=mastermesh
http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214534cloud2847.jpg?referral=mastermesh
http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214535cloud2747.jpg?referral=mastermesh
http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214536cloud2738.jpg?referral=mastermesh
http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214537cloud2738.jpg?referral=mastermesh
http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214538cloud2754.jpg?referral=mastermesh
http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214539cloud2721.jpg?referral=mastermesh
http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214540cloud2743.jpg?referral=mastermesh
http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214541cloud2727.jpg?referral=mastermesh
http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214542cloud2755.jpg?referral=mastermesh
http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214543cloud2717.jpg?referral=mastermesh
http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214544cloud2137.jpg?referral=mastermesh
http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214546cloud2216.jpg?referral=mastermesh
http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214547cloud2233.jpg?referral=mastermesh
http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214548cloud2225.jpg?referral=mastermesh
http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214549cloud2171.jpg?referral=mastermesh
http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214550cloud2229.jpg?referral=mastermesh
http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214551cloud2223.jpg?referral=mastermesh
http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214552cloud2226.jpg?referral=mastermesh
http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214553cloud2199.jpg?referral=mastermesh
http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214554cloud2232.jpg?referral=mastermesh
http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214555cloud2178.jpg?referral=mastermesh
http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214556cloud2227.jpg?referral=mastermesh
http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214557cloud2164.jpg?referral=mastermesh
http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214559cloud2214.jpg?referral=mastermesh
http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214560cloud2213.jpg?referral=mastermesh
http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214561cloud2213.jpg?referral=mastermesh
http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214562cloud2197.jpg?referral=mastermesh
http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214563cloud2193.jpg?referral=mastermesh
http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214564cloud2191.jpg?referral=mastermesh
http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214565cloud2127.jpg?referral=mastermesh
http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214566cloud2181.jpg?referral=mastermesh
http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214567cloud2180.jpg?referral=mastermesh
http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214568cloud2154.jpg?referral=mastermesh
http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214569cloud2190.jpg?referral=mastermesh
http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214570cloud2174.jpg?referral=mastermesh
http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214571cloud2198.jpg?referral=mastermesh
http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214572cloud2198.jpg?referral=mastermesh
http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214573cloud2141.jpg?referral=mastermesh
http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214574cloud2219.jpg?referral=mastermesh
http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214575cloud2183.jpg?referral=mastermesh
http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214576cloud2182.jpg?referral=mastermesh
http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214577cloud2192.jpg?referral=mastermesh
http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214578cloud2151.jpg?referral=mastermesh
http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214579cloud2221.jpg?referral=mastermesh
http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214580cloud2131.jpg?referral=mastermesh
http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214581cloud2215.jpg?referral=mastermesh
http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214582cloud2175.jpg?referral=mastermesh
http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214583cloud2235.jpg?referral=mastermesh
http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214584cloud2179.jpg?referral=mastermesh
http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214588cloud2196.jpg?referral=mastermesh
http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214589cloud2138.jpg?referral=mastermesh
http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214590cloud2125.jpg?referral=mastermesh
http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214591cloud2201.jpg?referral=mastermesh
http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214592cloud2170.jpg?referral=mastermesh
http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214593cloud2142.jpg?referral=mastermesh
http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214594cloud2168.jpg?referral=mastermesh
http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214595cloud2169.jpg?referral=mastermesh
http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214596cloud2176.jpg?referral=mastermesh
http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214597cloud2176.jpg?referral=mastermesh
http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214598cloud2166.jpg?referral=mastermesh
http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214599cloud2132.jpg?referral=mastermesh
http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214600cloud2120.jpg?referral=mastermesh
http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214601cloud2161.jpg?referral=mastermesh
http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214602cloud1427.jpg?referral=mastermesh
http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214603cloud1436.jpg?referral=mastermesh
http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214604cloud1418.jpg?referral=mastermesh
http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214605cloud1433.jpg?referral=mastermesh
http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214606cloud1433.jpg?referral=mastermesh
http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214607cloud1439.jpg?referral=mastermesh
http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214608cloud1431.jpg?referral=mastermesh
http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214609cloud1434.jpg?referral=mastermesh
http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214610cloud1283.jpg?referral=mastermesh
http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/214611cloud1317.jpg?referral=mastermesh

Things are a bit hectic.

Things are a bit hectic in my life at the moment, so I may not post here as much as I want to the next several weeks. We might be moving before long, which could impact how much weekend and afternoon time I have to post in here.

Also, at the moment I’m trying to work on uploading as many darn photos, and scans as I can to Shutterfly. When I get everything that I’ve got on the hard drive up there, I’ll be a bit more comfortable, and start taking the postings in here and some of the places I link to from here in a variety of directions. Family photos, and vacations photos on Shutterfly will likely be emailed to family members, especially for photos that I’ve never printed but that are still worth keeping.

Texture and stock photos (clouds, asphalt, concrete, bricks, etc.) will be grouped in to various albums on Shutterfly that I’ll email to myself.

I will also group photos on the hard drive more. It’s a bit of a pain since sometimes there’s naming issues as several photos that need to go in the same grouping folders have the same name. Little programs to rename things can be used to fix that… It’s just a bit time consuming organizing it all, but in the end it’ll be worth it. Ultimately, I’ll probably zip up similar stock photo themes – like clouds, concrete & bricks, etc. and upload them to the3dstudio and turbosquid to sell as zip file groups. I think a lot of the individual photos are on turbosquid already, but not too many zip files. I might also make some of the stuff freebies…

In the mean time, whenever I do get free weekends again, I’ll probably continue trying to scan my photos, and eventually photograph my paintings and things. I tried to photograph a few things in my portfolio a couple of years ago, but the lighting was too blown out of proportion due to the fact that I was doing it outside in the middle of the day when the sun is really too bright for that sort of thing.

Eventually, when I get this massive backlog of things organized and online where I want them and linked to from this blog, I will move foward in trying to do more stuff in the future. Every day I carry a camera and a couple of voice recorders with me to work… I also have a couple of boxes of color pencils and sketchbooks that I keep at work, in the car, and at home in case I get inspired to work in a sketchbook or on a panel at any time on breaks, waiting around in the car for an oil change, or whatever. There’s always time for art if you can just make the time! 😉 🙂

Smoke Stack at Night

Smoke Stacks at Night
Smoke Stack at Night
Copyright 2010 by Jeff Thomann
Media: Photography
Original Status: Original is Digital Photo
Print/Purchase Status: This digital photo may be purchased online at http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/512311
Themes: MU, Mizzou, Tigers, Columbia, Smoke, Smoke Stacks, Tower, Towers, Columbia, Missouri, Lighting, Night, Scene, Photo, Photography, photos, Jeff, Thomann, stack, fog, light, downtown, outside, atmosphere, mood, building, beacin, airplane, warning, city, urban, color, 2009

Genesis – The Golden

Genesis the Golden
Genesis – The Golden
Copyright 2010 by Jeff Thomann
Media: Color Pencil on Gessoed Hardboard
Original Status: Not for Sale at this time
Original Size: 5″x7″

http://www.zazzle.com/jeffthomann

I’m going to start using Zazzle more. It’s similar to Cafepress, but also different. I will likely go back to each of my artfolio images and re-upload them to Zazzle eventually, putting a new link to my zazzle account in each of the posts that I’ve already created on Cafepress. That way my products are in both Cafepress and Zazzle. I am also probably going to do likewise for Createspace, and Lulu. Additionally, I’ll likely move some of my images that are on Turbosquid over to Zazzle and Cafepress so that the good photos are on all the markets out there. I’m also investigating a few places that let artists sell their real world artwork directly and not electronically. I might use one of those places to sell originals of some things eventually.

My Zazzle shop is located at http://www.zazzle.com/jeffthomann

Studio Tip – Keeping pencil shavings, and other things…

I love keeping the shavings off pencils as I sharpen them. Sometimes there is just enough color or graphite left to allow for one or two more uses of the leftovers on there that might come in handy someday. Additionally, the shavings are handy for doing interesting things such as creating brush strokes with paint that would be impossible to create with normal brushes, blending color on paintings or drawings by using the shavings as blending stumps, or they can be useful to just have around, sitting in a plastic bottle or jar to look at for inspiration since they various colors and shapes can sometimes give me compositional ideas.

Similarly, I love keeping paint covered palletes and clothing that I’ve used over the years. The splatters on the clothing of various material, whether it’s plaster, paint, tar, or something else mix to create interesting forms and shapes. I think Jim Dine used to keep his studio clothing as seperate pieces of artwork in and of themselves. This is a very good idea. The various materials I see on the various pieces of clothing that I’ve coated with artistic make me think about what was done to create each splatter, and shape, and form. Lately, for palletes, I use paper or stryofoam plates since my latest easel is made to hold those – that makes it a lot easier to keep the pallettes after the painting is done than it used to be when the palletes were expensive items that I typically ended up damaging as I tried to clean them off. It’s a memory jarring thing for us artists. My wife just calls me a pack rat, lol. I might take some digital photos or scans of some pallets and painted clothing sometimes, and create digital works from that. That’s what’s very nice about art – you can recycle ideas, shapes and forms, or elements of various artwork over and over… Infinite possibilities…

I also like keeping old paint brushes. The shapes they can create are likely unique. The same applies to any art instrument or some non-art instruments that can be converted in to art instruments. I love using various items as paint brushes sometimes… Some of the various items I’ve used in the past as a paint brush or brush to apply ink to paper or canvas are tooth picks, old tooth brushes (only use my own for that though so I don’t get a lot of other folks germs, lol), pieces of fabric, sculpey, thumbtacks, branches off of pine trees, pine cones, feathers, blades of grass, nails, screws, and broken light bulbs just to name a few.

I also like to keep a few oddball items around just to play with or to get ideas from… I don’t smoke, but keep a ciggarette lighter in my drawing toolbox sometimes – burnt edges on paper can look neat. I also keep a small handheld mirror or two as well as a full length mirror in the studio to play around with. Knives can be useful for digging layers off of paintings too… or just be neat to look at and draw…

I have one really wicked looking hunting knife in my drawing box that I used to keep in there for protection purposes, not that I ever had to use it. You never know who might come up to you and start bothering you if you are an artist out in the wilderness somewhere at a park or something and are trying to do a pein air painting… I don’t condone violence, but I hear about rapes, murders, and theft in the news way to often to just be out there in the woods by myself on the side of a hiking trail to not have some sort of protection nearby, even if it is just an old cell phone that can be used to call 911.

They say that any cell phone has to legally be allowed to call 911 regardless of whether you still have service on it or not – might not hurt to keep one in your drawing toolbox, basket, book bag, or whatever you use carry around with you to hold your brushes, pencils, or sketchbooks, especially if you are female. In the worst case scenario it could save your life. In the best case scenario it can be useful to call your spouse or significant other to come and pick you up, or to call for a pizza delivery or something. Most cell phones these days have cameras on them – so that is a useful art tool in and of itself, and makes carrying one around with you at all times something you should really think about doing if you are not already.

http://mastermesh.winkflash.com/

http://mastermesh.winkflash.com/ is where I’ll put stock photos and various other free images on occassion going forward. Right now there’s only two pics there in the Public folder. In the future, I may add more. I like winkflash. I just hope they stay around as long as their website claims they will, forever.

Also, for you folks in my family reading this, I’ll probably upload some family photos out there in a non-public folder to share with you in the future. So far, finding a place to upload photos to share privately that has unlimited space has been a major hassle. I’m hoping winkflash is the solution to that major problem.

My first photo on The 3d Studio

Here’s a link to my first image on The 3d Studio.
Asphalt photo on The 3d Studio
I am not sure if I’ll use them as much as Turbosquid for individual photos like this one though since the minimum markup for a product is 10.00 on stock photos. However, for packs of multiple images that might be an ok price.

Exhibits Tag and Category

The Exhibits Tag and Category of this blog is reserved for artwork that I have enterered in to various exhibits. I will try to mention in each individual posting, or in the first comment of each posting which exhibits each item was in. I will also try to create a tag, and possibly as category for each individual exhibit. However, the main exhibits tag and category will be applied to all works that were in any exhibit.

Similarly, I’ll try to tag each item with a tag denoting the original year that the item was created. By default I’m tagging all artwork that I know that I created in College with the college and 1999 tags since I graduated in December, 1999, and I might not be able to pinpoint the exact year between 1994-1999 that the college artwork was created. (Yes, it took me 5 and years to graduate from college, but that’s mainly because I took a few extra classes in order to get a theater minor).

Artwork created in Highschool will be tagged with the tags 1994 and highschool because I graduated from highschool in 1994.

Artfolio vs Portfolio

I plan to tag and categorize all future posts that I consider a part of my true art portfolio as “Portfolio” at some point in the future. This is different than the posts tagged or categorized as artfolio. Artfolio is reserved for all of my artworks posted in this blog, both unfinished and finished as well as works in progress, quick preliminary sketches, ideas, notes on technique, diary type art-related postings, etc. Portfolio tagged items are a subset of Artfolio tagged items which are more finished, and worthy of viewing. A lot of artists don’t like to show the unrefined, unfinished works to the public for a variety of reasons. I like doing this so that it’s easier to see techniques being used, discuss various methods of doing things, discuss the historical rationale behind symbols and patterns being utilized, etc. That’s why I created the artfolio tag and category. The portfolio tag and category is reserved for things that I would, and may actually put in my real world art portfolio. The Artfolio stuff is more of a hodge podge mix of everything I do that’s art related.

a few more photos on turobsquid

Here’s a few more photos of concrete that I’ve created as assets over on Turbosquid. I only have about 125 more images over there to add descriptions too before I’m finally caught up with adding descriptions to each photo I’ve uploaded there. This is a pretty time consuming task since it takes about one minute per photo to add details to, maybe even more than that if I’m adding a lot of detailed descriptions. I like taking photos of textures like this for my own reference files, as well as to provide images to others to use. A lot of people that buy things from turbosquid are in the game design market as well as the web design market, so they have a never-ending need for texture photos so that they can add detail to the 3d models in their video games, movies, websites, etc.

I have not been too highly active at Turbosquid for a couple of years, until recently. Believe it or not these images were uploaded way back in August of 2008, but I didn’t add descriptions to them until today, so no one but me could see them til now!

photo of concrete


concrete pattern


shiny concrete


streaky concrete


bumpy concrete

Jeff’s Art Folio

People say that it’s not good to show “everything” in your online art creation portfolio or “artfolio”. I’m of a different opinion. Although it is important to show things in a pleasing manner, taking display and presentation issues greatly in to consideration, etc., especially in a resume/full portfolio presentation website that is being used to try to get a job, find new clients, etc., it is also fun to show off every darn thing you can… let the viewer see your mindscape in it’s totality. Where have you been, where are you going… what does a work-in-progress look like. What techniques were used to get from point A to point B to point C to a finished work. Process and technique are sometimes just as important, if not more important than the actual finished work of fine art. Sometimes, especially with artwork that uses the dimension of time and space, temporal attributes of the work are part of the main essence of the piece. For that reason, among very many other reasons, I likely will upload some of my older works here someday soon, assuming I can get halfway descent scans or photos of the works.

I’ve tried to do this sort of thing before, many years ago, but never succeeded for a number of reasons – it was simply too time consuming, my digital camera at that time just did not have enough pixel depth to capture things, or my real 35 mm camera cost me too much to have tons of pictures developed that didn’t come out very well since lighting was poor. My hard drive kept crashing due to the unstable Operating System known as Window 98, or Window XP… CDs of my work got scratched due to improper handling as I moved from apartment to apartment on an almost biannual basis, etc… my never-ending quest for a cheap or free webhost provider always ended unsuccessfully – If I am going to do something like this I want it to be around for a while and not disappear the first time that someone forgets to pay an Internet Hosting bill or the first time that a free website provider goes under, as many of them have done in the past. Before blogs became popular, I was going to do this by creating my own website(s), hand coding things, etc. I studied Flash. I studied Javascript. I studied ASP. I studied PHP. I studied Dynamic HTML. I even studied ways to hand code VRML. I studied all that I could about web programming… I studied Photoshop… I studied Illustrator… I studied Quark… I tried to learn as much as I possibly could about doing websites so that I could create the greatest website ever known to exist on the face of the earth…That was an epic failure because of my lack of time and ability to cohesively get everything together, and/or find a webspace provider that offered enough free web space to consume all the stuff I wanted to put online… Nowadays, with this blog, which I hope to maintain for as long as I possibly can, and various free image hosts, I think it’s time to make this never-ending quest for Jeff’s online artfolio to come to a real conclusion right here and now!

Going foward in time from now, postings tagged as artfolio, painting, drawing, pastel, digital painting, oil, acrylic, color pencil, etc., will be postings of my artwork, and each will probably a little description or at least title for each work. All works considered to be a part of the artfolio will be tagged and categorized as artfolio so that you can get to them easily without reading a lot of other postings about other things that I post about.

I plan to upload a lot of art, and create more to upload in the future…. I’m also going to try to put most of it on cafepress products and link to them from the artfolio, just in case you see something you like and might want to buy on mug, poster, greeting card, or something else. I know that most of it will never get a sale that way, but you never know. I would have never thought that people would buy some of the photos that they have purchased over the years on turbosquid…

I also might try selling some of the original artwork at some point in time when the time is right… and there comes to be a need to sell some of the stuff. In today’s digital world, what exactly is an original work of art anyways?!?… there’s a philisophical question for ya.

Some of ther artfolio work is on ok quality of work. Some of it is near perfection. Some of it severely sucks as artwork, but might have some other interesting quality that makes it worth taking a look at by more people than are looking at it right now, at is sits in a closet or sketchbook somewhere collecting dust… There are some interesting transitions in my style over time, interesting themes I like to revisit over time, etc. This is all stuff that art historians typically study once an artist is dead… Why let them make guesses after I’m dead since I’m alive right here and now?!?… I’ve never understood why artists don’t try to show their ALL to the public. Reveal the inner workings of their minds. We, as creative people, have a lot to offer to the world. Without further ado, welcome to “Jeff’s online Artfolio!”

Feel free to comment on various postings. I love feedback, both positive and negative (although in most real world art classrooms, it’s typically peferred that if you have something negative to say that you offset it with something positive to say – Constructive Criticism is what I’m really looking for…). In the future I may create “Jeff’s online Portfolio” which will be a subset of the Artfolio that focuses only on the best works in a more “traditional” portfolio website type of format. Until then, enjoy the upcoming visual feast.