Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Will attending CTNX improve your art?

So yep, this CTNX post is about 6 months late, haha! I've been a little busy, but it might be perfect timing for anyone contemplating travelling to LA for CTNX this November. 2013 was my 4th year attending, sounds crazy when I say it like this, but I think my life would be very different if I didn't accidentally find this amazing conference as a backpacker, I would still be clueless to this amazing industry of artists.

Over the last couple of years I have been studying everything I can after learning about visual development, completing online courses and countless life drawing classes. But nothing compares to the direct personal feedback you can receive over the 3 days at CTNX, you just have to have the guts and self belief to show your work. 

To list all the amazing artists and friends I met at the expo would be a blog post in it's self. But instead I thought I would share the feedback I received. I collated all the notes from many portfolio reviews on my Sleeping Beauty's kingdom piece and drew over the piece for you. All of this specific feedback was extremely helpful, and being face to face you can ask any immediate questions for clarification.
Hope this post helps anyone deciding to go to CTNX! I can say quite simply the expo has changed my life, and below it has definitely made this portfolio piece stronger. :)




Also her is a link to my CTNX 2012 review: http://teganclancy.blogspot.com.au/2013/03/ctn-2012.html

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

My hat is off to Sir Laurence, drawing study


Here is another Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema study I have drawn. The Painting is titled "A silent greeting." The study was drawn from observation of a colour print out, I forced myself to convert the colours into values. By doing these studies, my drawing skills are growing again, even observation skills. It's amazing how sometimes you don't realise how rusty you are. Will try to keep more of these up through out the year.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

gaining confidence in life drawing

After stretching myself with marker for most of the year I have returned to greylead for a week of lifedrawing. She was an amazing life-model who wants to join the circus and could hold some amazing poses. Here is a 20 minute pose. 

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Learning from the masters

In my latest course, Chris Oatley's Painting Drama 2 he gave me a challenge to do some studies of the great Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema. The structure in his highly detailed paintings is extraordinary. This simple challenge has taught me so much, and challenged me. This is the first of my drawings, it is A4, and it was from straight eye observation of a coloured print out. It challenged my drawing skills, observation skills and value knowledge of how colours convert. There are flaws in this drawing and I didn't capture the magic of the original Cleopatra piece, but man did I enjoy the hours put into this drawing. More to come


Sunday, April 27, 2014

Finally seeing the classics















I have a book pile 2 metres high and a movie list even longer of all the classics I have been told to watch. Finally I am making it happen! I am watching these classics and being blown away by their powerful stories and re-watching to awe at their cinematography. One of my goals this year was to correct my values in my paintings, and watching these black and white films, I am blown away by how clever they were directed and produced. Their frames are rich with dynamic compositions and strong story, who says you need colour? Many more movies on my list to watch but please send me your recommendations, this is a new found hobby of mine which is teaching me more than I could ever of imagined.
Movies above left to right: The Bridge on the River Kwai, The Shawshank Redemption, Sunset Boulevard, It's a Wonderful Life, Schindler's List, Casablanca, Double Indemnity, On the Waterfront and Breakfast at Tiffany's.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Absorbing colour everywhere I go

My mind has been observing colour and light like never before, learning so much right now at the Oatley Academy with Chris Oatley, I keep having to stop, paint and record what I'm seeing. Here are my latest iPhone brushes paintings.


Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Life drawing in 2014!

























Sorry I haven't posted any updates lately but that is not because I haven't been creating new art, the opposite, super busy enjoying Chris Oatley's latest class Painting Drama 2. 2014 has started off with a bang and I am practicing daily at improving my drawing skills. Here is the latest life drawing sketches, I have experienced a massive break through in my approach to observing after reading Fractal Methods books. If you can get your hands on one I highly recommend it, I was lucky to purchase it at CTN in LA last year. Here's a link to his site: http://vignalistudio.blogspot.com.au/2013_09_01_archive.html 

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

This little piggy built a brick house

Wow, what a start to 2014. Can not wait to start updating you guys with my new art, many exciting things happening the next couple of months. But for now, here is the 3 little pigs brick house concept designs. Next to build the world he lives in!


Monday, December 23, 2013

Merry Christmas everyone!


So my Christmas is not so much a winter wonderland but a drive down the coast to chill and relax with family! What a year! Hope everyone has a very merry Christmas and I appreciate everyone's support and comments through 2013, it makes all the difference! And of course, I hope Santa is very kind to you!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

stop, wait... quickly paint on your iphone!



So CTN 2013 was amazing! I will post a recap real soon! But in the mean time here are some brushes paintings I have been doing on my iphone, what better way to use time while waiting.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Sleeping Beauty's Castle has a new spin

















Here's my last update before CTN! This piece has a lot of history in development and slowly has built up over the year. Once I arrive home I promise to share more of the process but for now, enjoy. And if you are coming to CTN this year, tweet me and I may have a print for you!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Home Sweet Straw Home


























Continuing the story of the 3 Little Pigs, here is the interior design of the straw hut. I imagined the interior would be barn like, and the pig would use as much straw as he could.

Monday, November 11, 2013

This little piggy built a straw hut





















After a hards day work, this little piggy built a straw hut! Watch out more 3 little pigs artwork to come

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Revisted the 3 little pigs for CTN




















I received some amazing advice from an inspirational artist on how to tackle colour when going from a thumbnail to the final piece. This advice made something click for me, which is exciting and so before CTN I am revisiting some folio pieces. Keep an eye out on this site, a lot more to come.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Gravatar late update!

So the sketch I quickly uploaded 3 years ago was always meant to be replaced. And it was one of those things that escaped me, but I found time this weekend and created a new profile. It was hard to make a big nose look cute but I did add heaps of bounce to my hair for fun (I can wish!) And have I mentioned how excited I am for CTN?

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Updating an island





















So CTN is around the corner and I can not wait so time to update the portfolio. I decided to revist a favourite design and started from scratch again. Sometimes you think you havn't travelled far in your artistic journey, and then you compare where you were a year ago and you realise your progress. Exciting times! This was based on the concept of island communities being connected by bamboo bridges.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Tangled sketching


Found myself at work sketching a Rapunzel with a pen while waiting for files to export, and here it is. It was a good challenge so I came home and did some pages of rapunzel sketches from one of the best art of books, Tangled. Glen Keanes sketches have soooo much energy, his drawings were really hard to copy, so much learn from this simple task.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Thailand colour studies


 I just came back from the most amazing wedding in Thailand. A lot of relaxing by the pool and lying around in the sun after being a bridesmaid for my best friend. I did find some time to create some quick colour sketches using the iPhone brushes app. I hope you can feel the sunshine!

Monday, September 23, 2013

My life drawing is improving



Going to life drawing 3 weeks in a row has already made a huge difference on my observation skills! I must keep this up!