Monday, October 31, 2016
I'm not used to painting on canvas, as many of you know, my choice is Bristol Vellum (paper), so I am making the adjustment to traditional canvas. Currently I am working on a 12" x 24" panel canvas and having loads of fun with that.
I am also planning to sell more art online for 2017. In January, I will be flying to Oakland to talk about some concepts with one of my best art buddies and long time friend, Sergio Lobato, (my first Art Director, from back in the early gaming days, Stormfront Studios) who paints for galleries in San Francisco and who will be perfect for collaborating with on a project we just can't wait to create and bring to you.
My new Instagram account is: https://www.instagram.com/kimberlymzamlich/?hl=en
Please join me on this Journey in search of Excellence and Beauty. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask in Instagram. I will be spending more time there, then on the blog because of the demands of the Etsy store.
Thank you, for your continued interest!
And always, Keep Creating Out There! :)
Monday, October 03, 2016
Monday, September 26, 2016
Saturday, September 17, 2016
Sunday, August 21, 2016
Making jewelry pieces (done with the Summer Line up, working on a stunning new Fall line up). Many of the pieces I use, I find them at the local Swap Meet and wire wrap vintage found objects into jewelry. No one else on Etsy does this; no one else wire wraps beads as small as seed beads. And not to worry. I am still working on the Sprites drawing series, finding my pencils, just need to find time to finish Shoten Zenjin, and then it goes to Ink! These will be up for sale on Etsy also~ :)
Kimberly M Zamlich
I started off with the Pterosaur exhibit first, then proceeded to my favorite section~the Age of Mammals. It blows my mind to think that many of these large animals lived here~right in California~and that we had the American Lion, which was a third bigger then the African Lion. I drew a lot that day, and my brain was fried by the time I got to the Lions. Check out the progression of skill: Pterosaurs, roughly drawn in semi darkness, had lunch, blood sugar went up, here I get the cleanest drawings in the Dinosaur Hall, then my brain gets tired and the two last pages, the sketches get looser. I've got eye and brain fatigue.
Which is frustrating since we finally get to the Big Cats and my brain is fried! I don't know what it is~when I get to the Big Cats, the Lions, the Sabors, I get teary eyed. They are my absolute favorite. All curves and tapers. Beautiful inside and out. All paws and teeth. Out of all the bones I've ever sketched, the prehistoric mammals, esp. the Big Cats grab my imagination; they are so majestic and are the epitome of incredible design.
Sunday, July 03, 2016
Wednesday, June 08, 2016
Shoten Zenjin 2: The Scorpion Goddess. This is a mash up of Alphonse Mucha, Anime and Selket, the Egyptian Goddess who guards King Tut in the Afterlife (a figure of her was found in his tomb).
I unwittingly started with a half used pencil in my pencil box to start on this final pencil, and after wildly searching around, found out I had no more. I explained my dilemma to my friend, Sergio, who started looking for "Berol Verithin Eagle Colored Pencils", Ultramarine Blue 740, and he said "I don't think they make them anymore." Time to Panic. Okay, Try not to Panic. He found a box (YESSS!!!) online and sent them to me. Ripping open the package, heart beating, I blow the dust off the box, glue yellowed and cracked...musta been hanging in someone's garage for years...sharpened and continued...Interestingly enough, this is an older version from the one I had been using (prolly from my Disney Days late 90's) and slightly more yellow in the formula (teal-ish) but much smoother...Back in Business...
The final tight pencil is being drawn on one of my favorite papers~Borden and Riley Parchment (a heavy trace paper) and I love this because it has such a lovely tooth and can take unbelievable abuse, erase, draw, erase. Prismas (the last one Winter Turns to Spring final tight pencil was drawn with a black Prisma) are a bit too crumbly but the Ultramarine 740's are smaller, can take a little more pressing, loves the tooth of the Parchment and still scans well for PS. (Berol may have been an offshoot of Prismas back in the day) Don't know what I will be using after this box is gone.... :(
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
This drawing is done on one of my favorite paper surfaces, Borden and Riley Parchment paper, heavy weight. It's a thick trace paper with a marvelous and forgiving tooth. It can take a lot of abuse, erasing, redrawing, erasing, redrawing. I've also tweaked the face just a wee bit in PS.
Kudos to a website that I just love, love, love and now can't work without finding powerful references: Pinterest! This design is greatly influenced by Nouveau jewelry and architecture.
Monday, May 09, 2016
Sunday, May 08, 2016
Happy Mom's Day:
A few rare hours left to myself. Both beloved parents have succumbed to cancer, my brothers live elsewhere, I am trying to finish up with my divorce and have separated myself from the other half's family. This leaves me in the unique position of being left alone during all holidays. (My daughter is usually with her dad on weekends and holidays). I am so lucky no one came knocking on my door as I just relished my madness of solitude and hid from anyone in sight. Listening to music, sketching, designing, resizing, life gets no better~
This is the next concept drawing for Sprites of the Forest, tenatively Shoten Zenjin 2. Stay tuned as I nail down the next tight drawings for this.
Thursday, May 05, 2016
Monday, April 18, 2016
I've been taking a Perspective class with Jon Messer at LAAFA on the weekends. We started by loosely sketching a structure and then true-ing it up with a ruler. I, of course, whipped out my paint set and threw in the details and values, after all, this was a crash course on Atmospheric Perspective and I know that it is faster with a brush then with a pencil in this case and about 20 times more fun. The city line drawing was the 3 point Perspective class, a few weeks ago. It's not as complicated as it looks to do and it makes one appear smarter then they really are when adding perspective to a painting or drawing. Jon's next class will be Curvilinear in a few weeks.
Friday, April 01, 2016
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Sunday, February 21, 2016
Three sketch artists enjoying the day, talking custom made art tools, eating food, enjoying amazing weather talking art and travels. April, me, Charles at the Getty Villa this Saturday. Yes, we will do this again, another place next month.
Monday, February 15, 2016
Saturday, February 13, 2016
Monday, February 01, 2016
Blowing off some steam. Slow this winter, work is picking up. Been a grueling freelancing weekend-miss painting with my Blackwing. So fun to dream..searching for looks for the next Sprites of the Forest painting. Multi-drawing Holbein sketchbook-love this book, but very expensive! Loves the pencil, not bad with acrylics either. Faber castell and Tonbow brush pens
Saturday, January 23, 2016
Every year we get older and fewer. Had a blast last night. X Disney folks: the incredible Charles Pickens, the crazy Alex Topete, me, Cynthia French,
Monday, January 18, 2016
I'm call this done! Now I can get back to my life!
Still have some problems, but I need to move on.
This year I will be doing exercises in:
Establishing better color harmonies
Working in better cohesive lighting and shadows
Some special effects; blurring, etc.
Being aware of edges and how to better tell the story with soft and crisp edges and where their use is best appropriate for the story
Saturday, January 16, 2016
Thursday, January 14, 2016
Friday, January 08, 2016
Morning quick sketches. Been doing so much digital, need to move a real pencil. This is the best time for me, first thing in the morning after breakfast and a little coffee-pencil springs energetically with confidence. It fades as the day gets longer and I get older, ha ha. Listening to George. Ezra, that is
Sunday, January 03, 2016
Saturday, January 02, 2016
Burbank Equestrian Center: Tried to get to Griffith Park Observatory but there was just too much traffic. Opted for the horses instead. The Clydesdales were in the "show" stable, fresh from the Rose Bowl, I'm assuming and caught them in the 4 o:clock shadow. Acrylic in sketchbook; extreme limited palette: maybe five colors and white.