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Saturday, November 15, 2008

Started this one almost 3 weeks ago. Don't know if I will finish it. It scanned terribly because the shadow colors on the face are really nice-not muddy. Acrylic on canvas paper.

Saturday, November 08, 2008

AT LAST! New posts on Sienna's blog! Find out why! or-click onto Sienna Zamlich link to the right!

Sunday, November 02, 2008

No freelance, no costume to work on; a small gap in time to do some painting this weekend. I think my super powers come alive in the fall and during rainstorms. This is a real sweet little piece. Approaching a buttery quality that I seek; not seen in this scan.

Saturday, November 01, 2008


Roughly 5 inch by 5 inch, Acrylic on canvas paper at home during the rain storm.

I used to have many warm colors on my palette. Of late, I've been really having fun with the cool colors. Now as I look at the colors I've laid out, I have many more cool colors than the warm earth colors.

The indian with torso came out just okay. I love the colors I used but the face looks retarded. So I did a quick color sketch (small portrait) and wouldn't you know, that one looks better. I overworked the face on the first one and probably ruined the surface so it was harder; it was just too small; or I just need more practice. These are small; the Indian face maybe 2 x 3in; the other a little bigger than photo size.

These were done during my lunch break.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Acrylic, small. I did this during my lunch at work. This is from one of my favorite movies, New World. I love that it was shot with natural light, that there was very little dialogue, that it gave you a sense of how miserable it was the first winter in Jamestown. Most of all, I love Quorianka Kilcher's heartbreaking performance as the doomed Pocahantas and Colin Farrell's John Smith, who was cagey and full of lies. Yes, I know it was a very slow film but I loved that it took it's time. These color sketches are just that; abstract moods of color done quickly. I am practicing brush stroke and playing with color combos. More to follow.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

I've been doing these small painting studies during my lunch break at work. Acrylic, roughly 6in by 4 1/2 in.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

I actually did this one a few months ago. This will be the background for the warrior (see previous warrior post, June 21). I will have a couple of dragons flying out overhead too.

This is the painting which prompted the sculpt. Notice the uninspired lighting? What lighting? I will use the sculpt like a maquette, so I can put some better lighting on this. And since I spent so much time with the sculpt, might as well do another painting of it at a different angle.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Hey, Dorota-here it is, at least for now. I've been working on this during my lunchbreaks at work. What's unnerving is that this has been easier than drawing! This is the first time I've ever done anything serious with Sculpey. Today I added some ears and worked on the face a little, but you will have to wait until I fire it (hopefully this coming weekend) to see the final before I paint it.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

My neighbor's son is into tattoos. He's been asking me to start designing some art and he will take them to his tattoo artist in Arizona and sell them. Here is a quick sketch that I need to finalize. I did this while completing an online traffic school test.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

I get to draw a bunch of monsters for work. Coincidently, I get to draw a form of Sabor Tooth Cat. This is a preliminary sketch.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Hey it's been awhile. I've accepted a full time position at a toy company and am gamefully employed, working 40 hours aweek. I love my job. For the first time, I can work uninterrupted all day long and get a creative flow that I have not had in nearly 7 years. But what about all those previous posts? you might ask. Oh I would paint for about 10 minutes, stop, put a load of laundry in, paint another 7 minutes, vaccum the floor, paint maybe another 3 minutes, help my daughter with her homework...well, you get the picture.

Here is a drawing I have been working on during my lunchbreaks and now I am painting it in acrylic during my lunchbreak. Tomorrow, I will start to make a maquette of it out of sculpey, light it, then put the hilites on the painting.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

I'm calling this done.

My daughter, Sienna is now blogging. She is third generation blogger, and this was all inspired by John Quinn who got me blogging!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Been looking up new techniques in photoshop to freshen up my portfolio. Took an old drawing, revamped it and colored it. I used the lasso tool a lot; something I have not done in years; did some gradient blends, softened some areas and blurred others.

Sunday, June 01, 2008

These are dedicated to the inspiring Vince M (see links on the right). He called me tonight and gave me a much needed boost and assurance. I am flattered because Vince has such a great touch with the pencil and brush and has so much experience in this tough industry.

I am, lets just say, searching right now, pushing myself into that discomfort zone.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Another submission, this time to Film Roman in the style of King of the Hill. Struck out on this one too. Again, it was fun to draw this character.

I was asked to draw some game characters for a test. I did these pretty fast but did not get the job. I'm not esp. enamored of these but they were fun. I've never really tried for a character designer position for a game company so hopefully I will get better in time.

Saturday I painted with The Santa Clarita Artists Association. Laura Wambsgans was the only other person to show up and paint. She has been so supportive to me and encourages me to continue on...

The first one was a complicated composition with lots of values and and brush. I should not have started with this one. The second one I whipped out in about 20 minutes, and I think is more successful. The second usually is.

Thanks, Laura!

Monday, May 19, 2008

Working on:

Return to LeoPardine

I had my big burly, he-man husband pose for this! He almost blew his knees out getting back up. The rest is pieces and parts, arm and leg studies. I have not drawn the nude figure in years-I really miss it and loved it when I did. LeoPardine is a character that comes closest to the nude and damn, if she isn't so fun to draw!

Sunday, May 04, 2008


Barbara Bradley, one of the greatest persons I have ever known passed away suddenly in a car accident. She was one of the greatest instructors I have ever had and she made a huge impact on the way I approach drawing. She was a real tough mentor to impress and made you want to please her. Her critiques were always cutting to the bone but at the same time highly constructive. She could embarrass you but then at the same time get your blood up so you could rise to her challenge. It was her way of demonstrating the love she felt for you. You don't meet that many teachers like that any more-everyone has become so "politically correct", eager to be liked and not to ruffle feathers. Barbara was old school; you had to work hard to earn her respect.



Wednesday, April 30, 2008

After drawing the character, Jason, I felt I could have pushed it more. So I chose a different angle to give him more presence. When I get some time, I need to do a nice clean up drawing and some color.

These are some sketches I did: Jason in a front view, a warrior in his mid 40's, a redrawing of Diana, this time looking for better silohuette and variation of shapes and a new character, Petey; a young unseasoned adolescent.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Jason (cleaner rough)

Slammed this out this morning-35mins. A slighter exaggeration in the legs, needs color next. Character portfolio due this Weds. so I have to get as much done as humanely possible. Inbetween, doing loads of laundry, dishes, have to write a small speech for this Tuesday's Buddhist meeting, got Jury duty come Monday and if my daughter says "Mama, look!" one more time I'ma gonna scream...

Thursday, April 17, 2008


Still a little clumsy, but better. Her face was somewhat based on the Statue of Liberty..

Friday, April 11, 2008

Greg and Sienna will be returning tomorrow..I have enjoyed this time for peace and reflection. Here is the next sketch for the next illustration on masonite. I will ad some peoples in the foreground; flying dragons in the background. I am doing a cleaner drawing of the dragon and rider right now. I'm almost finished with the archer on masonite so I will post that one as soon as I finish it.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Placerita Canyon

Better shadow shapes. Tree trunk has a repeating pattern (bad). Sharon suggested I block shadow shapes in with purple, so I did. Next time I will try magenta.

Check out fellow painter, Sharon Weaver's blog! (See links to the right)

Monday, April 07, 2008

Quickie out at Stoney Point. I've always wanted to paint here. Good values, but no focal point.

Gotta dang cold!

Friday, April 04, 2008

Sergio Lobato, my old art director and fellow painter in crime, suggested that I start painting on masonite for fantasy pieces. As soon as I got off the phone, I rummaged thru the garage and found masonite-you people of the animation background might recognize the substrate-these are the dividers which separate the drawings in a scene stacker! I have several, and now I know what to do with them!

After painting on canvas paper for several months now, it is a little tricky to adjust to the hard surface of masonite. Whereas I was getting used to trying to get the values on with just one sweep of the brush; masonite, because of this smooth surface allows me to get more detail in; several brushstrokes. Colors tend to be much brighter.

This new direction is a big leap for me.

Thursday, April 03, 2008


With regret, I am sad to announce that computer game company, Stormfront Studios has closed it doors after 20 years in the gaming industry. It was at this studio, I entered my first professional art job and my first project was a PC game called Stronghold for EA. I did several fantasy portraits; this is one, and the others are in the garage somewhere-when I find them again I will post them.

It was a blast for the first two years when the company was still young; the fun things that went on and the personalities! Uday from India who was an amazing artist with such a bad, rude disposition that I never spoke to him again; Ken Berry, who would talk about the babes he had once dated (all day), Tracy Grellinger who was so tough, she jumped off her motorcycle to punch a guy thru his car window in SF; and a lot of stories and gossip I can't write about publicly! In those days, I would wear cute clothes, go to work, rattle the fence and get the dogs barking! Sarah did one better; she came to work in a tiny skirt on moving day (moving day!) and Ken and I sat back and laughed in our chairs as we watched the moving guys' eyes pop out of their sockets whenever she bent over to unplug something or other. Then there was the time when I came in to work on a Saturday and caught the maintenance guys rummaging thru Don's beautiful office. "Say," I said casually, "What are you guys looking for?" "Uh...we dropped a joint in Don's office and we just gotta find it before Monday!" Don held some of this meetings privately in his office with some bigwigs on Mondays. We were very close in those days, I don't think I had more fun or laughed as much in one job as I did at Stormfront. It was the people and talent that made it a terrific experience.

Goodluck to the few oldtimers that were left: Jim Larson, Bill Boyer, and John Kiester, and those who were before and came after I left for Disney. Also, so sorry, for you, Don Daglow, who was so proud of your company and who was always kind and so afraid of bad publicity and lawsuits. Don was one of those rare bosses who you could actually go and talk to if there was a concern. He was always welcoming, approachable and a good listener. You truly deserve so much more than this ending to your baby.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Speed painting 101: I did a real quickie portrait of Beth in period costume; then had to race home to help little Sienna with her homework. I'd say maybe about no more than 15 mins.

I would have liked to take my time on this one. All in all it was a fantastic two days of throwing the paints around.

I usually do a quick pencil sketch to solidify structures before jumping off into paint.