April 28, 2009

Ben Harper Caricature and a visit to his Mom's folk music store

I saw a documentary film about Ben Harper recently, and in that film it talked about his Mothers music store where he grew up surrounded by musicians and unique folk instruments. When I realized that store was just 45 minutes away, I had to check it out. My friend Beags, who lent me the film, knew the route from his previous visit. So we hopped in his car and headed out to Claremont, CA!

Ben Harper Caricature
I had to do a caricature of Ben Harper to make it fit this blog ;)

There were some really interesting instruments from all over the world and a huge wall filled with mainly ukulele's and dulcimer's. This corner had some old sitars and other instruments that were on display only. In the bottom right corner there's a metal sculpture of Ben's Grandpa who opened the shop 50 years ago.

The cool thing about the store is that it doesn't promote or shove in your face that it's essentially the birthplace of Ben's musical talents. In a way its just another great thing that came out of it. The only thing I found were a few newspaper clippings featuring him from the local paper taped to the side of a display case. His mother was also there working the cash register :)

The last picture is of Beags strumming away at the ukulele. Check out his blog if you're, a) into music, b) into sports, c) from Boston

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April 7, 2009

Figure Drawing workshop 4-01-09

So I did make it to figure drawing last week. (I couldn't not make it after that last post.) This was my first time using oil pastels. I'm not really sure of the best way to use them but I was having fun blending with my thumb and the white pastel, and probably ended up laying down too much crayon. Soon Ill have to draw everyone in just blues and greens because all the skin tones will be used up. If you have any advice, please share!

*Special thanks to my Mother in Law for getting me the pastels for xmas ;)

April 2, 2009

Character design

This is a little soccer player concept I did for Liquid Generation.