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I desided I would provide a space for fellow artists in the Instructables community to display, comment on, and discuss their art freely. If you have a website or an art instructable that you want to share, you can post a link to it here.
Feel free to post images of your work or discuss about supplies, techniques, etc. This forum is completely open to your art.
I had an idea from SacTownSue. You can post your art here, or join this group, creat a topic, and post your art as that topic. This will be much more organised.
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Holy cow........you rock at drawing!!!!!!!!!!! Here's two of mine, both works in progress


11 years ago

So here's some of my art work- I really enjoy pencil drawing (and drawing motorcycles) but I've been know to grab a paint brush every now and then.... Unfortunately the pencil drawings just don't photograph that well- maybe I can get some better pics later.

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If you could paint me a motorcycle I would so buy it. =D

Wow. VERY detailed. excellent work, are you a designer?

Well- kind of.... I used to work as a designer in the bicycle industry but for the last nine years I've been working as a jeweler. I've been freehand drawing ever since I was a little kid and I guess it just came very naturally to me. What's interesting is that the Venus and Adonis oil study was actually the first oil painting I ever did- I worked on it on and off for a couple of months, during the evening after work ( I think I still have some polaroids I took during the process. ) I painted it because I had been showing my more abstract paintings at a couple of art openings and people would say "oh yeah, but you abstract guys can't REALLY paint", which kind of drove me to paint it for a one man show I did at a local gallery. I took the painting in and hung it up right next to my other paintings, which really surprised a lot of people! I usually like to paint fairly big- my normal work usually measures around 3ft to 4ft square and the Venus and Adonis measures 47" x 57". Most of the motorcycel drawings measure 15" x 20". All this work here was done in the early 90's- it's been a while since I've picked up a paintbrush. I'm glad you like the work! :)

Way to show those abstract haters who's boss! That's really good, It's hard to believe it's your first oil painting you ever did. What other mediums do you do?

I've been of the opinion for a while that abstract art is a bit like the technical white papers of CGI. Neither of which should appear in the museum or theatre, but both are necessary to figure out new techniques . . .

I used to think the exact same way- until I saw some of the great action painters' works in person. I'm a big fan of Franz Kline in particular......

Perhaps someday I too will be impressed by the abstract art crowd. I mean, sometimes one can be in awe of the sheer size of some works, but I can't help feel that abstract artists' work is too obtuse or obfuscated to actually communicate with the audience. It is a major aim of mine to engender emoting in the audiences of my work. I know that some abstractionists have the same goal as me, but I find that somehow I cannot see the worth in a painting that looks like an accident. Even Picasso, considered by many to be a great artist whose skill gave weight to abstraction, I never thought his realistic work was that skillful or his abstract work that creative. But I have to say, I feel that if I didn't have strong opinions as to what constitutes art, I would not be an artist. I have something to say. I'm no art critic. Anyhow, as long as you don't think I'm a reptile-brained intolerant for thinking this way, I'll be happy to applaud your successes in the art field through abstractionism, even if I don't care for it myself. Cheers!

I totally respect your opinion- the beauty of art is that it means a great many different things to many people. I was taught more as a classical artist and I have a great appreciation for the Old Masters. I'm personally not that big a fan of Picasso either and I just can't stand Rothko. I do like a few of Pollock's and Motherwell's paintings though.... I'm generally of the opinion that the worst thing you have as a painter is no reaction at all to your work. I actually once got a really nice compliment from Helen Frankenthaler and that just made my day! I do like the work on your site very much. It's been over ten years since I even picked up a paintbrush- I've been slacking off on my art but I have been working a lot in metals lately. :D

Well, thanks. I haven't received a compliment from another artist for quite some time now. I haven't painted in a while, either. I guess my new artwork is visual effects. Have a good one!

H,I consider your metal work art.
Royal, not "reptile-brained" just pea-brained. Seriously, I pretty much agree with you. Art doesn't have to be realistic for me to like it but it usually needs to be more than some spatters and blobs of paint.
You both are quite talented. I don't have much Art to post but I have a personal logo I designed that I'll post in the "your art" group in a couple days. I'm more a crafter. I'm trying to get some stuff on etsy.com to sell. That's my primary focus right now.

I used to work in acrylics, but ever since I switched to oils it's hard to go back. Watercolors are great for illustration work too.

Ah, the oil painting's ok . . . but your bike drawings are quite nice.

Glad you like them! Line drawings like the one above can take less than an hour but the more detailed drawings can take several days- it's hard to say exactly how long because I would work on drawings off and on over a period of time.

Still working on this...

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Here are some pictures are of a ceramic moon I painted. There was a banana on our counter :D. I wish I had better pictures but there wasn't much light in our kitchen and the flash on my old camera was broken.


nice! what kind of paint did you use?

Thanks! I mostly used Duncan metallic acrylics along with some opaque stain.

Ever messed around with HDR Shop? I say this because a current limitation of digital is dynamic range and most of your photos exhibit this (clipped light tones, crushed blacks). It's just the nature fo the beast.

Is HDR Shop a program? I have experimented with making hdr images, though.

Yes, the original free program by Paul Debevec that introduced digital HDRI to everybody. It does a MUCH better job at tonemapping than Photoshop's implementation. You can get it at [www.debevec.org/hdrshop www.debevec.org/hdrshop.]

I see you changed your logo to a more instructables one, which looks like your old one with the camera.

Are you sure that's possible as a plugin/filter? It seems to me that it takes manual identification to recognize what needs to be done.

No, it's an automatic process, except for the occasional brightness adjustment by the user at the very end.

Wow, excellent photo's you are certainly well travelled. I think the picture of Kelsey would benefit from being trimmed a bit, maybe squaring the picture? She does look a little cramped. Perhaps just keep the head and hands in to take away the 'straight jacket effect' the elbows give.

those photos are really good. i need to start carrying my camera with me places. the only thing is around here, people are so paranoid. someone i went to school with got chased by the cops for taking pictures of a train, and someone else got arrested for taking a picture of a park. some lady said he was photographing her child, and he got labelled as a pedophile. i guess it all just depends on your subject matter though... but like i said before, those are great pictures. i like the one of your math homework. something that i probably would have never thought to take a picture of.

It is a good idea to keep a cheap camera with you at all times; the quick pic can sometimes be the best, specially if you can tidy them up later in PhotoShop. The privacy deal with taking photos is a minefield, I was stopped taking pics of my grandkids at their nativity play last Christmas, that, to my mind is a terrible state of affairs but understandable in the world we find ourselves today. Unfortunately I would say unless you are with your family and/or siblings it is best to avoid that situation, it is difficult not to appear a bit creepy if you are photographing kids by yourself. My profile photo is a case in point; if the kid looks comfortable in the pic then it works. Here I am with granddaughter, one of my sculptures and a cheesy grin, all very non-threatening.

C:\Documents and Settings\chris\My Documents\Work\My Pictures\Me Granddaughter & sculpture.jpg

Here, you can learn something today..assuming you live in america... If you are taking a picture from public property, it's legal. If you're taking pictures of something on private property, from public property, it's legal. As long as people are somewhere that they give up a reasonable sense of privacy, it's legal.

yep im in America. down near Charlotte, NC. its helpful to know the laws... police have a tendency to tell you differently sometimes. thanks for the heads up.