Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Challenge Subjects for 2/2/2012

Elaine's challenge subject is FILTHY QUADRUPED!

Kit's challenge subject is DUCK DUCK GOOSE!

The results of this challenge will be posted by 4pm PST on 2/2/12.

Elaine's Challenge Response: SCIENCE EXPERIMENT!

Alright, I got annoyed with this one and said "screw it" halfway through. I love science, but instead of doing an actual science-related thing, or anything resembling an experiment, I decided to make a fossil mermaid skeleton. It wasn't coming out the way I wanted, so I gave up. I also figured out that there's no really good way to give a human skeleton a dolphin or fish tail and make it resemble a mermaid the way we normally picture it. However, the purpose of the blog is to get us out of our art-paralysis, and this challenge did inspire me to do some serious paintings of real fossils. So yay, success! I also finally set up the scanner and scanned this one. My challenge to myself for next time: Start ahead of time instead of waiting until the last minute.

Kit's Challenge Response: BUG-EYED MONSTER!

Bug-Eyed Monster Challenge, For Kit and Elaine's Creative Challenge Blog: http://kitandelaine.blogspot.com/

As you can probably tell, I had a lot of fun with this one. :)

This is Bem, my Bug-Eyed Monster. Bem and his different mouths were created with Prismacolor markers, and then scanned and animated in Photoshop and Imageready. Still just practicing basic animation techniques, but I have something a little more elaborate planned for Bem in the future.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Challenge Subjects for 1/31/2012

Elaine's challenge subject is SCIENCE EXPERIMENT!

Kit's challenge subject is BUG-EYED MONSTER!

The results of this challenge will be posted by 4pm PST on 1/31/12.

Elaine's Challenge Response: MUSICAL ANIMAL!

A small step up from the last few challenges--I used real drawing pencils and drawing paper! My idea was based on a Celtic fairy tale about a woman who was murdered, and her bones turned into a swan, and then were made into a harp that sang the truth about her killer. I think. I don't remember it very clearly. I think there was a Loreena McKennitt song about it. Anyway, my goal now is to get a little better and a little more serious each challenge, until I'm finally making things I'd actually consider real art again. My challenge to myself for next time: Set up the scanner and actually scan my work instead of taking pictures with my phone.

Kit's Challenge Response: THE FUTURE!


I made a gif! I do picture everyone living in giant pods like these in the future, because we've either used up all the land, or devastated it completely. I'm trying to practice animation so that I can make little cartoons of some of my characters, so that's what I've done with this challenge. Hopefully I'll be able to improve, and work on longer projects in THE FUTURE!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Take part in our Reader Challenge!

Participate in our reader challenge! Create an artwork based on any of this week's prompts, and send it to kesubmissions@live.com by Thursday, the day before at the latest. We will post the submissions every Friday at 5:00 PM, PST. Remember, this is a CREATIVE challenge, so your piece can be a painting, drawing, story, poem, sculpture... pretty much anything considered creative! Also, don't forget to give us the name you wish to be credited by, and a link to your other creative works, if you have one.

In the future, we may have contests and special reader challenges. Keep checking back and following along to see what we come up with. We can't wait to see your submissions!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Challenge Subjects for 1/29/2012

Elaine's challenge subject is MUSICAL ANIMAL!

Kit's challenge subject is THE FUTURE!

The results of this challenge will be posted by 4pm PST on 1/28/12.

Elaine's Challenge Response: SOMETHING TREASURED!

OK, I totally forgot. I whipped this up in a hurry. I decided to use a live model, which I have never been good at. This is my nephew Gavyn. One day I will do a proper portrait of him.

Kit's Challenge Response: SCARY FOREST!

I wanted to do something with color this time, but I still started later than I should have, so I decided not to go with a traditional scary forest idea. I'm much better with creatures than I am with scenery, especially when I'm pressed for time, so I created a scary beast with a forest growing out of his back. I drew him in pencil and then outlined in ink, with Prismacolor markers used for the rendering. I'm pretty satisfied with him, and I'm glad I'm not just posting another sketch again.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Challenge Subjects for 1/26/2012

Elaine's challenge subject is SOMETHING TREASURED!

Kit's challenge subject is SCARY FOREST!

The results of this challenge will be posted by 4pm PST on 1/26/12.

Elaine's Challenge Response: AMAZING LIGHT!

I had this ready before the deadline, I swear! I wanted to tweak it a bit in photoshop--crop out the edges that aren't part of the painting and take out some of that yellow sunset light--but I'm having one of those days where no technology wants to work for me. 5x10 Acrylic on canvas. I think I will finish this and set my scanner up to scan it properly.

Kit's Challenge Result: BIRD GIRL!

Just another quick sketch. I was going to try to do more with this one, but I ended up wasting time yesterday. She looks kind of Egyptian relief art style.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Challenge Subjects for 1/24/2012

Elaine's challenge subject is AMAZING LIGHT!

Kit's challenge subject is BIRD GIRL!

The results of this challenge will be posted by 4pm PST on 1/24/12.

Elaine's Challenge Result: SPACE GOBLIN!

I was surprised at how easy this was. It turns out I haven't lost my ability to draw after all! It only took a few minutes. It's a rough sketch on printer paper, and I could definitely do better. This is the fist time in a long time that I've tried to work out shading a little and tried to draw facial features. Fantastical characters are not my usual thing, so it was surprising to me that I was able to do it this easily. I was going for different-sized googly eyes, but I didn't exaggerate it enough or make them round enough, so it kind of looks accidental. Not bad for the first attempt at drawing in maybe a year.

Kit's Challenge Result: HONG KONG HIGH RISE!

Okay, I'm absolute shite when it comes to drawing buildings, or pretty much anything composed of straight lines and angles, and this particular building had a lot of those! I found the image of this building by putting the challenge subject in a Google image search. It's not a fantastic sketch, but it's the first time in a long time that I've even attempted to draw an architectural structure, so there's that. One of the points of this challenge is practice. :)

Friday, January 20, 2012

Challenge Subjects for 1/22/2012

Elaine's challenge subject is SPACE GOBLINS!

Kit's challenge subject is HONG KONG HIGH RISE!

The results of this challenge will be posted by 4pm PST on 1/22/12.

Elaine's Challenge Result! DROPLETS OF FIRE!

I waited until the last minute, which is probably going to happen a lot. You can see the paint is still wet. I had no ideas for anything cool to do, so I just played around with painting techniques. I'm not at all pleased with the result, but it was fun to do. Maybe I will revisit this challenge another time when I have some better ideas.

Droplets of Fire!

Alternate title, Ketchup and Mustard.

Kit's Challenge Result: SEA MONSTER!

I have a lot of practice drawing dragons, so I took the sea serpent route for this challenge. I call him Bogg.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Challenge Subjects for 1/18/2012

Elaine's challenge subject is DROPLETS OF FIRE!

Kit's challenge subject is SEA MONSTER!

The results of this challenge will be posted by 4pm PST on 1/20/12.

What this blog is about

After years of being mired in the sludge of depression, various disorders, and a paralyzing lack of creative energy, artists Kit Cameo and Elaine Gladney decided to beat the crap out of non-motivation and challenge each other to create one work of art to post every Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday.

The rules:
1. Each artist must come up with one challenge idea every other day and post it for the other.
2. Each artist must create one work of art based on the challenge idea she receives that day and post the results before 4pm PST on the next challenge day.
3. Each artist must post what she has done for each challenge, no matter what, even if it is only a sketch or a half-formed lump of clay.