Friday, September 8, 2017

Leia On The Rocks...

So continuing with the painted rocks series, here's Princess Leia (again, I know).  I felt that the previous Leia rock was weak and wanted to try for something better.  It certainly is better, but still not as good as I'd like it to be.  The whole painting on a curved surface thing is surprisingly tricky.

To make the hunt for the rock more fun, I created a simple graphic of Artoo projecting a hologram of the local junior college campus.  We printed 5 of these "tickets," and then went to the local library and stashed them inside Carrie Fisher's books.  We then told people that the clue was hidden in the library.

My wife started it officially at 6 pm, and it took about 45 minutes for someone to find it, even though she had hid it well inside some landscaping.  It was a pretty good sized rock too, so maybe that helped-- and that it was glossy.  Oh well, it ended up obviously going to someone who wanted it, so hopefully it will have  a long life.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

My Latest Rock Painting...

So the first rock that I painted was the one with Moses parting the Red Sea, done in a children's storybook visual style.  I decided to go a bit further with my most recent rock, depicting Jonah being tossed into the sea, and the ominous sign of a fish/whale in the distance behind him.  The interesting part about this project was  trying to tell a series of events with only one image: He was on the boat, then they tossed him into the water, then the fish/whale appeared, and then he prayed to God.  Initially, I had gone with the "praying hands" gesture for him, but it didn't look earnest/panicked enough.  The tightly clasped hands was more like it.

My favorite part is the line that separates the water level from the deep below, and the turbulence of the sea (with stormy sky and apocalyptic red tint in the distance).  My least favorite part?  Jonah himself, whose face didn't turn out as nicely as it had in my initial sketch.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Some of My Painted Rocks for Local Fun

Painting on rocks is as old as... people and.. rocks. Yes, from ancient caves to rocks purchased at Home Depot, people can still be counted on to put an image on a stone. People can also be counted upon to partake in whatever might be the current seemingly pointless activity, or "fad."

So here in the valley, where originality mostly can't be found, it should come as no surprise that people have resorted to painting any rock they can find. Since I'm still a human, for now, I went ahead and had a go. Basically, like in many other parts of the country (probably ten years ago), people are painting and hiding rocks, then giving clues for others to try to find them first.

So here are some of my painted rocks. I'll say this: painting on a pitted, round, uneven surface is not always fun. There. I said it.
The source for this image was a panel from the Marvel Comics Adaptation of "The Empire Strikes Back."  And judging from about 70% of the artwork in that issue, THEIR source for their drawings were still shots from the film!
This image of Vader also came from the same "Empire" issue.  I like the yellow highlight on his helmet, and how it reacts with the vermillion background.
Now, this one is actually a free hand drawing.  His head looks squished in this image, but if you look at it from the right side of the stone, it looks correct.  One of the challenges with painting on a rounded surface.  Leonard Nimoy had rough skin, but no, it wasn't THIS rough!
This was the first rock I painted, of Moses parting the Red Sea.  No pre-drawing or planning, just painted directly on, with a sort of Bible story book style art.  I like the highlights on his hand and shadow on his cheek.
This Princess Leia image was acquired from a freeze frame image from "The Empire Strikes Back."  It took about 13 minutes from the time my wife announced that she'd hid this one that it was declared found.  Really though, it's sort of "meh" as far quality goes.
I couldn't forget Threepio of course.  This source image came from issue #50 of the original run of "Star Wars" by Marvel, an issue with particularly impressive artwork and inking.  My copy is totally trashed, but I still prize it.