Monday, August 23, 2010

Wanted to express a big thanks to all you fine folks who sent me messages of congrats on the Chesley award. I didn't expect to be nominated , and certainly didn't expect to win. Check out the other winners on the Missions Unknown blog - they have pictures!

Here's a study for a personal painting I've been playing with whenever I get a free moment. It might go through some more incarnations before I decide (if I decide? ) to jump to oils. And thoughts are always welcome. Thanks for stopping by ! - S.







pencils, acrylic, pastel pencil on Rives BFK

13 comments:

rodrigoart said...

Scotto!! Absolutely loving this piece so far man- particularly where you're going with the temperature shifts and that elephant and dude are looking great! I'd be careful not to make the house and elephant too equal in size, but I'm only just learning composition so i could be wrong on that. Anywayyysss look forward to seeing it finished!

Scott Altmann said...

Rodzo! :) Thanks so much man. This is a prelim drawing for the final oil, but I do want to retain that very muted, subdued palette and I'll try to retain the subtle temp shifts as well. I've been preoccupied with temperature shifts for awhile - so many possibilities.

Thank you for the crit on the composition. I think you are right - I've been having a bit of difficulty with the size of the elements - so I will definitely be careful when hitting the final painting. Thanks again dude!

Clo said...

Great job Scott! I love the low saturation and values, and the elephant looks awesome. Was it a dream of yours?

Scott Altmann said...

Clo! Thanks so much for dropping by and leaving a comment :) I guess you can say I am always daydreaming - and many images come from that. Sometimes - an entire image will come to me suddenly -I could be doing anything. I think the key is to just leave myself open to that part of my brain that produces imagery. The tricky part is to edit out the weak ideas , and stick with the ones that really resonate with me. This probably makes no sense -I need my coffee! Thanks again :)

Tiffany prothero said...

Scott!! I love this! really beautiful, dreameeee. Hey! I know I have been off in my own world, but congrats on the Chesley award! that is super awesome! <3

NQ said...

Congrats, Scott! It's well deserved!

The new personal piece study looks fantastic, I'll look forward to seeing the final!

Tom Scholes said...

purdyyyyy

Scott Altmann said...

TIff ! Thanks and thanks thanks! : ) I go off in my own world too...just not as long as you. I like that you've been sharing the goods lately ...it's great stuff dude!

N- NIGEL! I owe ya an email. It's been pretty nutty here, wrapping up the summer and getting the life ready for a new school year. I'll tell ya all about it. Thanks so much for stopping by. We'll catch up soon!


Tom - flattery will get you everywhere. Keep it up hot stuff

Adi said...

Muie la iehovisti, mormoni si atei!

wren said...

Chesley award! Welcome to the long list of my heroes. Congratulations - very well deserved.

W

Anonymous said...

Like the elephant; it's very Dali of you. Max is starting his own gallery of your works. You'll have to send his this print when you are finished. Beautiful stuff. - Yo sista

Curious University Student said...

Hello Scott

I really like this illustration... may i ask what where ur influences were?

Scott Altmann said...

adi and wren -thank you very much!

Sista : ) - Max looks like he could run a gallery. Definitely will save a print when I complete it. Thanks deary!

Curious- I don't think there are any direct influences in this piece to me that stand out. The concept was mostly conceived through stream of consciousness sketching and a good amount of daydreaming. I have been looking at quite a bit of Justin Mortimer and Ruprecht Von Kauffman paintings lately , so perhaps they have had an influence.